How to Make Citronella Candles (7 Steps)

Last Updated on 25.01.2023

How to Make Citronella Candles

Mosquitoes have existed on the planet for almost 30 million years. You don’t have that type of lifespan unless you’re good at what you do. Mosquitoes are known for sucking blood, so if these little vampires show up at your picnic, it’s time to put the potato salad away.

There are a variety of insecticides available to repel mosquitoes, even If I’m not thrilled about spraying synthetics on my plants, let alone my skin.

What are citronella candles?

Essential oils have always been a popular way to drive away pesky insects. Eucalyptus keeps ticks out, Peppermint oil repels ants, and patchouli deters fleas – but one of the most effective solutions is Citronella oil! Extracted from a variety of lemongrass, this fragrant plant has become the go-to for keeping mosquitoes away from outdoor events.

Citronella candles are an effortless way to keep your guests bite-free without having to spray repellent every few hours; plus with their soothing scent in the air, you can also add an extra touch of ambience to any evening gathering. So don’t let bugs spoil your perfect party — turn to Citronella candles and make sure everyone has a good time!

Regretfully, many commercially available citronella candles are ineffective. If you look closely, a citronella-scented candle could be synthetically scented, containing none of the natural citronella oil required for the job. If you want the task done well, it may be time to do it yourself once more.

The canisters for these DIY citronella candles can be adorned to match any outdoor design. When buying citronella oil, ensure you get the vital kind, not the tiki-torches-fuel kind. It’s easy to find in health food stores or online, and a few drops in your candles can keep the deck mosquito-free for the entire evening.

These candles also have the following benefits:

  • These candles are a cheap and simple way to keep bugs at bay.
  • Citronella candles are often appealing in addition to being safe, clean, and harmless.

What you will need to follow in this tutorial

diy these cute citronella candles

  • Double boiler or a wax melter and metal mixing bowl
  • Scissors
  • Mason jars (instead of mason jars, you can also use candle tins if available and if more convenient)
  • Pre-made wicks
  • sturdy tape or hot glue
  • soy wax (soy wax, paraffin wax, old candles)
  • citronella oil (look for essential oil for candle making use 1 oz. per lb. of wax)(
  • crayons (optional)

While citronella candles will continue to be the most effective, feel free to experiment with various scents. I experimented with adding a couple of additional fragrances to my latest batch of citronella candles to make them smell better to me (while still being effective).

  • Pine
  • Mandarin orange
  • Eucalyptus
  • Rosemary
  • Peppermint
  • Oregano

You may have to experiment a little to figure out which mixture you prefer, but that’s part of the joy of making your candles.

Step-by-step instructions

Step 1

Place the wicks in the middle of the can or container. I’ve discovered that using a hot glue gun is the most effective method. Make sure the wick is firmly pressed down (and do this carefully, as the hot glue can burn). If you’re using a larger jar, you can add two or three wicks around the center, and spread them out.

Step 2

Assemble your double boiler and add little bits of wax or used candles. Please don’t be concerned about wick splinters or other specks in the wax because you won’t notice them in the finished candles.

Step 3

Heat the wax over medium heat until it is completely melted. This shouldn’t take long. To help it melt evenly, stir it now and again.

Step 4

It’s time to add the scent after the wax has melted. 1 oz. of citronella oil per pound of wax, plus 0.5 oz. of different fragrances per pound to complete the bouquet. If you only want to use citronella, use 1.5 oz per pound.

Step 5

Add an old crayon or two to make a vibrant candle. When adding color, keep in mind that the cooled wax will be considerably paler than the liquid version.

Step 6

Allow the wax to cool somewhat before pouring it into containers. As the wax cools, I can generally gently move my wicks to the middle but secure the wicks in place with a chopstick or clothespin if you’re having difficulties.

Step 7

Allow your candle to cure for 48 hours before lighting it. Before you light it, trim the wick to about 1/4 inch. Then, once the candle is lighted, let it burn until there is a total, vast pool of wax before blowing it out. This is how you ensure an even burn throughout the candle’s lifetime.


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