DIY Citronella Candles

These DIY Citronella Candles will prevent you from being a mosquito blood bank!

It’s a warm, humid summer night sitting on the deck chatting with my husband.  The sun has set and the lightning bugs are out in their full luminescence.  The crickets are chirping, the frogs are croaking and I am GETTING EATEN ALIVE!  {If only they sucked fat instead of blood.}

Ever notice how mosquitoes can ruin a perfectly good evening?

Not to mention they are tiny vectors of disease (Malaria, West Nile Virus, Yellow Fever, Dengue Fever) but I digress…

To my dismay, those store bought citronella candles do NOT seem to work.  The scientist in me decided to research this annoying conundrum and I found the problem!  They use citronella scented oil, not citronella essential oil.  A quick internet search revealed that you can buy citronella essential oil for less than $4.  So, throw out your tiki torch oil and candles and make your own DIY Citronella Candles!

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Wanna make your own DIY Citronella Candles?

Here’s what you need:

Mason Jars

Soy candle wax

Citronella essential oil

Candle wick

Hot glue gun

Microwave safe container

Glass frosting spray paint and vinyl – OPTIONAL (but super cute!)

Did you really think I would make a boring candle?  I wanted to spice it up a bit and make something fun!  I found an adorable dragonfly image in the Silhouette store.

Bug by Silhouette Design ID #1611

 {I know what you are thinking.  What does a dragonfly have to do with a mosquito?  Nothing, it was the cutest bug I could find.  So there.}

 Once I cut the vinyl, I applied it randomly to my mason jars.

Remove the lids and turn upside down.  Apply glass frosting spray paint and allow to dry.

Remove the vinyl.

 You need to prepare your wick.  I bought waxed wicks with metal bottoms.  Apply hot glue to the bottom of the metal.  Place in the mason jar (center as best you can).  I used a candy stick to press it into place.  Set aside and allow the hot glue to cool completely.

Fill your microwave safe container half way.

Patience is a virtue but it is not one of my stronger traits.  Therefore, I decided to microwave the wax instead of using the stove.

Depending on your microwave, melt the wax in 30 – 60 second intervals.  It took about three minutes to melt the wax down.

Now your wax should be melted.  Carefully, remove the bowl from the microwave.  The wax will look like olive oil.

Using an eyedropper, add the citronella oil to the hot wax (about five drops).  Stir oil into the wax.

 Wrap the wick around the candy stick to keep the wick centered.  Pour the wax into your mason jar.

Allow to cool and the wax to solidify.  It took about two hours.

Once the wax is cool, cut your wick to size.

DIY Citronella Candles via createcraftlove.com #candles #citronellacandles #masonjars
DIY Citronella Candles via createcraftlove.com #candles #citronellacandles #masonjars

What I learned:

 Using hot glue to adhere the wick was not the smartest idea.  The hot wax caused the wick in the first jar to unstick.  I’m not sure if that was because the hot glued had not completely cooled or the hot wax caused it to separate.  It did not happen with the second jar so I am assuming it was that the glue was not cool enough when I poured in the wax.  My way worked just fine since I had the candy stick holding the wick in place.  If you want something more secure, follow the directions on the back of the wax container.

Regardless, they turned out wonderful!  They smell really good and they actually work!  Sat outside taking pictures for 30 minutes last night and did not get a single mosquito bite!

Jill
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Sunday
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Comments

  1. These are PRECIOUS!! What an adorable idea! and yes if only mosquitos sucked fat instead of blood!

  2. This is awesome! I’m so making a million of them!

  3. Really cool. I always buy these, but now I will be making my own! They are so much cuter too. Stopping by from Mingle with us. I would be so grateful if you would link up a post at Mom’s Library! Thanks for sharing!

  4. What a great idea – I’m loving this! And the jar is too stinkin’ cute! :)
    Following on GFC/FB now :)

  5. The store bought variety doesn’t have real mosquito repellent!?! … What a scam! But, on a brighter note – Your candles are lovely. Thanks for the tip :)

    • Jill Ellison says:

      I agree! Citronella SCENT, rather than actual Citronella?? GRRR!!! No wonder those store-bought candles never worked!! I’m a newbie here so I’m just seeing this. I am DEFINITELY making these next summer!

      • Jill @ Create.Craft.Love. says:

        I know, right? It’s kinda infuriating. These definitely worked better. So glad to have you, Jill!

  6. These are really cute!
    I am giving you the One Lovely Blog and Very Inspiring Blogger Award! You can check it out here http://domesticrandomness.blogspot.com/2012/07/one-lovely-blog-and-very-inspiring.html

  7. Great project. Had to laugh about the mosquitos not sucking out fat,..if only. :)

  8. How much soy wax do you use? Is there a certain kind i should use, i guess there is such a selection of soy wax hahaha. They also said there is lots of different wick sizes too, and what size jars should i use too lol….lots of questions

    • Jill @ Create.Craft.Love. says:

      I bought a large bag of soy wax and melted it according to the directions on the bag. I used a 16 ounce mason jar. As far as the wicks, I think it was 8 inches? I can’t remember! I’m so sorry! I know I got them at Hobby Lobby. Hope that helps!

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