50/50 Project: Citronella Candles

Craft a beautiful and functional decoration for your outdoor space.

50/50 Project: Citronella Candles

Craft a beautiful and functional decoration for your outdoor space.

Difficulty: Easy

Materials
8 ounce wide-mouth Mason jars
Premade wax-coated wicks
Glue dots
1 pound soy wax
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 ounce citronella oil
Hot plate (or stovetop)
Double boiler (or saucepan and a glass bowl)
Crayon in desired colors
Wood stirrers
Ladle

Optional
Eucalyptus oil (tick repellent)
Peppermint oil (ant repellent)
Patchouli oil (flea repellent)

Steps
  1. Boil water in the bottom saucepan of the double boiler, and melt the soy wax in the upper saucepan. This should take about 30 minutes to 1 hour
  2. While the wax is melting, prepare the Mason jars by placing a glue dot directly in the center of the bottom of the jar and attaching the wick to the dot. You can use a wood stirrer to help secure the dot to the jar

  3. Add a crayon in the desired color to the wax. Stir until the color is evenly distributed
  4. Add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil to the mixture to help soften the wax when it hardens

  5. Turn the heat to low to allow the wax to cool. Add 1 ounce of citronella oil

  6. Design Tip: Different essential oils can repel different types of bugs. Citronella repels mosquitos, peppermint oil repels ants, eucalyptus repels ticks and patchouli repels fleas. However, essential oils can be harmful for cats and dogs, so use them sparingly around pets.

  7. Turn the heat off. When the mixture is cool but not entirely dry, use a ladle to carefully pour wax into the Mason jar. You can use two wood stirrers to brace either side of the wick to ensure that it dries straight

  8. Finally, once the wax has dried, cut the wick so that it is about the same height as the rim of the candle