Summer is here! With that means more grilling out, going to the pool, etc. Which also means pesky bugs like mosquitoes. So grab the family together and do a craft. Make Citronella Candles yourself! These are super easy to do and will get rid of those pesky bloodsuckers within a small area.
- Step 1: For each jar, cut a braided wick a few inches longer than the jar’s height. (You can find wicks at a craft store or wherever you’d find candle-making supplies.) Carefully dab a bit of hot glue to one end of the wick. Adhere glued end to the bottom center of your jar. When the glue is set, wrap excess wick around the dowel and top with a clothespin to keep it out of the way of the hot wax.
- Step 2: Pour wax chips into your double boiler, following the package instructions to melt the wax. As an alternative, you can make quicker work of this project by using microwavable soy wax chips instead. These are fairly inexpensive and are available at many craft stores. If you go this route, be sure to use a microwave-safe bowl.
- Step 3: To color your candles, peel the paper off the crayons and chop them up. (The more crayons you use, the deeper the candles’ color will be.) You can also use a wax dye to get your desired color. Either way, drop the dye pieces into melted wax and stir to incorporate.
- Step 4: Depending on the candle’s size, add five to 10 drops of citronella essential oil for each candle you’re making. Once the oil is stirred in, carefully pour the wax into your jars, being careful not to disturb the wicks.
- Step 5: Allow the wax to cool completely before trimming excess wicks and lighting the candles.
***Disclosure: Tutorial provided by: Birds & Blooms . All opinions are 100% mine.***