DIY Natural Citronella Candle

This time of year, you'd be hard pressed to find us eating dinner inside. Once the thermostat hovers above 70 degrees F and the sun is out, we're pretty much guaranteed to be dining al fresco. The only problem? Mosquitos! Getting eaten alive by bugs tends to take the allure out of eating in the twilight. Not to be deterred, we found a solution that's as stylish as it is practical: citronella candles!

Unlike many store bought candles that are citronella scented, we like using natural citronella essential oil to make our candles and find them just as effective. Read below for the tutorial.

You Will Need:
-planter or some other watertight vessel (we scored ours at Target)
-three candle wicks
-three pencils
-soy candlewax
-natural citronella oil

1. Anchor your wicks in the bottom of your vessel. Wrap the excess wick around a pencil balanced on the mouth of the vessel. If you're making a three wick candle like ours, you will need to make sure that the wicks line up evenly in a row.

2. Melt your wax according to manufacuter's directions. To save time, we microwave ours for 30 second increments until melted. Add about 15 drops of citronella oil to wax.

3. Pour hot wax into your vessel. Let wax harden for a few hours.

4. Once wax is hardened, cut wicks to desired length.

Meet the Contributors
Emily Hirsch and Erick Steinberg are blogging duo behind Hello Home Shoppe, a lifestyle blog with a focus on DIY projects, recipes, and travel. When they're not blogging or working as 2/4 of the creative agency Jolly Bureau, they moonlight as locally sourced sandwich vendors in Philadelphia, PA.

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Unknown said...

This looks so simple! I assume one could put any scented essential oil in there to make a nice scented candle. I'll have to try it! Thanks!

Colleen said...

What an awesome Idea! Much nicer than the citronella candles you can buy- the mosquitos were eating me alive tonight so I'm motivated on this one.

Lauren said...

This is great! I have a bunch of candle making stuff but never thought of my own citronella. I will definitely try this! Love be able to make anything more natural!

Lauren |

Anonymous said...

loving this candle - got to have a go and what a lovely present it would make and personal too :)

RitaLynn said...

Love this and will try it. How did you anchor the wicks in the planter?

Thanks, Rita

Unknown said...

Hi Rita,
Since our wicks had little metal feet, they were heavy enough to anchor the wick. However if you'd like added anchoring, you can always superglue the feet to the bottom of the container before you add the wax!