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!
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!
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.
Learn how to Make Citronella Candles
- Small Mason Jars
- Beeswax (affiliate link)
- Citronella Oil
- Hot Glue Gun
- Wicks in the appropriate length
- Aluminum Can
- 2 Coffee Stirrers for holding wick in place
- Secure your wick to the bottom of your mason jar using hot glue
- 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.
- Fill your aluminum can to the top with beeswax, pressing down to ensure it is full.
- Place aluminum can in a saucepan of water and gently boil until the wax melts (it will have the consistency of oil)
- Add in approx 5 drops of citronella oil
- Gently stir to mix thoroughly
- Using tongs, pour the melted wax into your mason jar, keeping wick out of the way.
- Use your 2 coffee stirrers to hold the wick in place (or any method you find works)
- Let Cool
- Enjoy those mosquito free nights!
Do you have any summer activities planned where these might come in handy?