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How to Make Citronella Candles

Worst thing about summer? Mosquitoes! Those pesky little guys can ruin any family bon fire in just a matter of seconds! I have tried bug spray, the citronella candles, even some wrist band things! The bug spray does work but I absolutely despise putting that stuff on. It’s not good for you, it leaves your skin feeling all icky, and it smells awful! Obviously when you live in Wisconsin, spending the summer indoors is NOT an option, so what is a girl to do? Why learn how to make citronella candles of course!

Tired of mosquitoes? Learn how to make citronella candles to enjoy your summer's outside and keep them away!

I was genuinely surprised at how well these worked! I have been working out in my garage til all hours of the night working on my kitchen and the mosquitoes seem to think I’m looking for a party! Nope, not that kind, haha! So They SWARM by the lights in my garage, and I put this on my workbench, they were seriously gone in about 20 seconds!

Tired of mosquitoes? Learn how to make citronella candles to enjoy your summer's outside and keep them away!

Now I have never ever made candles before, so if I can do it, so can you! I headed out to Hobby Lobby to gather up some supplies and I even found a way to avoid an expense, by boiling these in an aluminum can instead of a double broiler or other candle making supply.

Tired of mosquitoes? Learn how to make citronella candles to enjoy your summer's outside and keep them away!  Please note: I chose not to fill my mason jars all the way to help keep the flame out of the wind and for safety purposes. If you want your jar full, you will need to adjust the recipe.

Learn how to Make Citronella Candles

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Citronella Candles
  • Small Mason Jars
  • Beeswax (affiliate link)
  • Citronella Oil
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Wicks in the appropriate length
  • Saucepan
  • Aluminum Can
  • 2 Coffee Stirrers for holding wick in place
  1. Secure your wick to the bottom of your mason jar using hot glue
  2. Depending on your type of beeswax, you might need to use a knife to cut it into small pieces, if you bought it in pellets then you can skip this step.
  3. Fill your aluminum can to the top with beeswax, pressing down to ensure it is full.
  4. Place aluminum can in a saucepan of water and gently boil until the wax melts (it will have the consistency of oil)
  5. Add in approx 5 drops of citronella oil
  6. Gently stir to mix thoroughly
  7. Using tongs, pour the melted wax into your mason jar, keeping wick out of the way.
  8. Use your 2 coffee stirrers to hold the wick in place (or any method you find works)
  9. Let Cool
  10. Enjoy those mosquito free nights!
Beeswax comes in a natural color which is yellow, and also white. I used the white for my candles. A lot people suggest using organic filtered beeswax because pesticides may still be present, but since I am using these outdoors, I wasn't to particular about the brand I used, but please take that into consideration when purchasing. Filling up your aluminum can makes 1 candle. If you want to make a large batch, you can use a double broiler to melt more wax at once. The amount of citronella oil is a personal preference. I found 5 drops per aluminum can to be great for me, and seems to work pretty well. Adjust as necessary. This will NOT keep away every single mosquito, but it certainly reduces the mosquito bites and I find that they work MUCH better than store bought!

Tired of mosquitoes? Learn how to make citronella candles to enjoy your summer's outside and keep them away!

Do you have any summer activities planned where these might come in handy?




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  1. says

    hi Ashley- where do I find the essential oil? Was that at Hob Lob too? Would love for you to link this up to Friday Favorites later this week if you get a chance! I’m doing this! laura
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    • Ashley says

      I actually had to go to a health food store to find mine. But I know when I lived in Texas it was easier to find in grocery stores. Some Wal Mart’s will carry it too. Just depends on where you are located. But a health store will most likely have it. : ) They are great! You will love them! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Crystal says

    Love that you put it in mason jars. Super cute! Being that it has rained almost everyday here in Houston (I’m not complaining), the mosquito’s are definitely out. This will be perfect :)

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