Citronella candles have long been used to ward off pesky mosquito's, there is no reason why they cant be pretty as well as effective. Making them yourself means that you can make them stronger ( store bought ones never seem strong enough for me) and in any container you want to accent your porch, patio, or poolside. Pick up a few items from your local craft store, gather some containers from around the house and make a bunch to scatter around your yard or other outdoor entertaining area. I love soy candles and was able to find soy chips at Hobby Lobby as my base, as well as wicks. I prefer soy candles as they are made from a natural resource and use less additives (check packaging), and are cleaner burning than paraffin, last longer, and hold scent better.
How to Make Citronella Candles
- 6 cups soy chips
- drops citronella essential oil
Place soy wax chips in a small pan over medium heat, stir continuously until melted with a wooden spoon.
Place containers on a cookie sheet and place in an oven preheated to 350 for 5 minutes, remove from oven. Dip metal disk on wick into melted wax, immediately place on bottom of desired container to fix it in place.
Stir essential oil into melted wax well, pour wax into pre warmed containers. prop wick up in the center with pencils or sticks. Allow to sit for several hourse until set.
Trim wick to 1/2″ tall.
To make your own candles use clean, empty vegetable cans, mason jars, tea cups, or old cleaned out candle jars.
* Tip- To remove old wax from a candle jar, place it in freezer until wax is brittle, it will pop right off the glass.