This warm summer weather feels amazing but it sure does bring out those pesky little bugs! We found this great recipe for a d.i.y citronella and eucalyptus candle, it works great and is much better than any store bought candle. These candels also work perfect for our flower votives craft *see next post* We think these candles are wonderful and we think you will think so too, let us know what you think by commenting below!
D.I.Y Citronella and Eucalyptus Candle
a glass jar or other container of some sort ( we put ours in glass votives because we wanted them for our flower votives craft * see next post for instructions )
Citronella and Eucalyptus oils
For this round of candles I used soy wax – for no real reason whatsoever. It just sounded good. One pound of the soy wax yielded 3 candles.
I bought really long candle wicks with metal bottoms already attached. I really like these and they were super easy to use.
If you just want to make it easy, you can buy an all in one kit!
I used good quality citronella and eucalyptus oils. I wanted to make sure these candles worked so I didn’t skimp on the oils. Find out more about the oils I use and why I love them!
How to Melt Soy Candle Wax
Thankfully I thought ahead and didn’t melt the wax in a good pot or pan. I created a kind of double boiler. The kit comes with a nice pitcher to melt and pour the wax.
Keep the kids entertained this summer by making your own candles! Wax colored with melted crayons make for a colorful DIY candle kids love to make.
I poured 1 cup of the wax in to an empty coffee can. I placed the coffee can in a pot and added a little water. Bring the water to a boil and allow the wax to melt.
Let the wax completely melt until it is clear otherwise the candle is bumpy.
I messed around with figuring out how to keep the wick standing straight up and came up with this. I didn’t really secure the wick to the bottom of the jar first.
I’m not sure if that will make a huge difference or not as it burns. But you can glue, tape or use the wax to hold the metal part of the wick in place.
Once the wax was melted, I just poured it into the jars and the added the oils. I used about 10 drops of citronella and 5 drops eucalyptus per candle.
You can see in the photo above that I didn’t let the wax melt all the way in the candle on the left and it’s bumpy. But I let the wax melt completely on the one on the right and it’s nice and smooth.
Put the candles in the fridge for faster cooling. It took a good 2 hours for the wax to set at room temperature. Put the candles in the fridge if you want to speed up the process.