Learn how to make a DIY candle that will repel mosquitoes all summer long.
Citronella beeswax candles are ideal during the summer months because they repel insects and are natural and slow burning. With one hour and the following supplies, you can make four small candles.
Materials and tools needed
14 ounces beeswax
4 drops citronella oil
4 drops eucalyptus oil
Small rubber bands
Small clay pots
Acrylic paint (optional)
Glass measuring cup
Pot holder or oven mitt
Making your DIY citronella candles
Choose your vessel. Small clay jars work nicely, but you can use any holder that will withstand heat, such as glass jars or tin cans. To add some color to match your decor, consider painting the clay pots with acrylic craft paint.
Next, cut your beeswax. Beeswax comes in pellets and blocks. You can purchase a 14-ounce block at a craft or hobby store. Using a cutting board and sharp knife, carefully cut the beeswax into small pieces.
Melt the beeswax using a double broiler or glass measuring cup and pot. If you’re using the measuring cup, fill the pot halfway with water, and place the glass measuring cup inside. Turn the burner on to a medium-high heat. Place the beeswax inside the cup.
Allow the wax to melt completely. This may take up to 30 to 40 minutes. If you’re using a thermometer, the wax should be melted at 145 to 175 degrees Fahrenheit.
While the wax is melting, prepare the clay pots. Place a piece of duct tape over the hole to prevent the wax from leaking out.
Place a wick in between one wooden skewer cut in half. Measure the length by placing it inside the pot, pinching the sticks together so that they hold the wick, and then securing each end with small rubber bands. Small children’s rubber hair ties work very well. With this method, the wick will stay centered and in place without having to be taped to the bottom of the pot.
When the wax is melted, add citronella oil and eucalyptus oil. Stir the mixture with a wooden skewer.
Carefully pour the wax into the clay pots using an oven mitt, making sure the wick stays centered.
Allow the wax to cool completely, then remove the duct tape.
These candles look and smell great on your outdoor patio. They are also convenient to take camping or can even be packaged together and given as a hostess gift. Best of all, they keep the insects away.
By changing the type of wax and adding different oils, you can make a variety of different scents to meet your purpose.
What essential oils would you add to your DIY candle? Let us know in the comments section below.
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