DIY Citronella Bug Repellent Candles
Finally crossing these off my arts and crafts bucket list.
I get a lot of mosquito bites. Step outside for five minutes in the summer and I’ll be covered in red welts. Those suckers love me. Candles have been something on my arts and crafts bucket list for a while, so when I finally got around to making them, I decided to also make them bug repellent. These DIY Citronella Bug Repellent Candles are practical AND they smell nice AND they’re pretty to look at. Is anyone else as addicted to washi tape as I am?
Here are the materials I used:
- Soy wax
- Glass or metal jars
- Candle wicks
- Citronella essential oils and other scents
- Double boiler
- Candy thermometer (optional)
- E6000 glue (not pictured)
- Washi tape (not pictured)
Pour wax into your double boiler and start melting it over medium heat
My double boiler held about 2 cups of melted wax. This project took way longer than I had projected, and I ended up just adding more to it as it melted, since the wax shrinks once it melts.
Let’s just get this out of the way that I am very sucky at measuring things. This is why everything I bake turns out WRONG. So…sorry.
While I waited for the wax to melt, I prepared the candle wicks.
I dabbed a bit of E6000 glue to the tab of the candle wick. Then I plucked it onto the bottom of my glass jar.
Once the max has melted, set it aside in a bowl to cool.
Choose what essential oils or smells you want for your candle.
I knew mine was going to have citronella, but I didn’t want it to be overpowering, so I added other scents. I found that orange made the citronella more bearable, even though I don’t particularly like citrus-y smells. Tea tree oil also works wonders, and so does eucalyptus.
I am by far not an expert on essential oils. I suggest reading more about them, as it will open up a whole new world of DIY to you. Lotion and body butter anyone? (Coming up soon!)
Once your wax has cooled for about two minutes, add in your oils.
I used Jillee’s recommendation of 75 drops to a pound of wax (about 2.25 cups of wax).
Give it a stir.
(Please don’t use that chopstick to eat with later.)
Carefully pour your melted wax into your containers.
I had to ghetto engineer the wick so that it stayed propped upright while the wax cooled and hardened.
I let it cool overnight (a few hours should do the trick, though) and then snipped the wick to a quarter inch above the wax.
Then I taped it up with washi tape!
Most of these tapes are gifts from my best friend Rebecca. The shape of the jars was difficult to maneuver, so apologies for the less-than-perfect execution. Hey, I spent like 5 hours melting wax, all right. I deserve these kisses.
Husband came out of the bedroom mid-project and sniffed the air. He was all, “Oooh, smells good.” Then he walked into the kitchen and was like, “Are you cooking meth?”
Yes, because that is what I do in my spare time, in my kitchen.
So there ya go. I hope you guys try out this DIY. It’s simpler than you think and makes you feel like a super mad scientist who doesn’t like mosquitoes. Have fun and enjoy!