Don’t let those pesky mosquitoes ruin your outdoor activities! A homemade citronella candle will keep them away and add instant decoration at the same time.
We purchased a wick and wax flakes at a local craft store but you could melt down old candles you may have stashed away at home.
Melting wax is no big deal, especially if you have a double boiler pot. If you don’t have one, we’ve got easy-to-follow instructions to help you make a water bath using your own pots and pans to keep the wax from burning.
Citronella oil has a strong scent but you can tone it down by adding your own favorite fragrance. Try peppermint or orange. They’re especially nice for summer evenings.
Homemade citronella candle instructions
- hot glue gun
- candle wax
- small pot for pouring
- large pot for heating
- twine (optional)
- Using a hot glue gun, dab glue onto the underside of the wick’s clip. Press the clip firmly in place over the hole in the bottom of the clay pot.
- To melt the candle wax, place it in a pouring pot—a metal pot that’s small enough to fit inside a larger pot. Fill the larger pot with a few inches of water, place it on top of your stove and bring the water to a boil. Place the pouring pot inside the larger pot then stir occasionally to allow the wax to melt completely.
- Carefully pour melted wax into the jar. Hold the wick in place by resting a dowel across the top of the jar and attaching a clothespin to both the wick and the dowel.
- Allow wax to harden then trim wick to 1″ in length. Wrap jar’s rim with twine, if desired. Allow candle to cure 48 hours before lighting.