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DIY citronella candles

30 minutes
3 candle tins

Don’t let pesky mosquitoes ruin your summer fun. Make your own Citronella Candles to help keep your outdoor area a bug-free zone!

Summer is the time for enjoying the outdoors with friends and family. Learn how to keep your decks and patios bug-free by making your own citronella candles. When you're done you can keep them for yourself or accessorize them into unique summertime gifts.

Wax Blend Note: To make sure our citronella candles can stand up to the summer heat, we blended Golden Brands 444 soy wax with our yellow beeswax using an 80:20 ratio of soy wax to beeswax. This blend raises the melting point of the wax to a temperature high enough to stay solid during the warm summer days. 

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STEP 1: Measure a 80:20 ratio of soy wax to beeswax

Approximately 16 ounces (oz.) of wax is needed to fill three 8 oz. candle tins. To find the 80:20 ratio, first multiply 16 oz. by .8 which will give you the 80% soy wax weight of 12.8 oz.  To find our beeswax measurement we multiply 16 oz. by .2 (20%) which gives us 3.2 oz. 

Weighing flaked wax on a scale

Once you have your measurements, it’s best to weigh out each wax separately. Place the small pouring pitcher on the scale and set the scale to zero. Weight out 12.8 oz. of Golden Brands 444 Soy Wax and then set it to the side.

Weighing beeswax separately and adding it to 444 soy wax

Put the plastic container on the scale and set the weight to zero. Weigh out 3.2 oz. of yellow beeswax and add it to the pouring pitcher of Golden Brands 444 Soy Wax.

STEP 2: Melt wax mixture

Place the pouring pitcher of soy and beeswax into the double boiler and heat the wax blend to 185 degrees.

Double boil in use to melt candle wax

STEP 3: Prepare candle tins

Remove a wick sticker from the paper sheet and place it on the bottom tab of an ECO 14 wick. Then center the bottom wick tab inside the 8 oz. candle tin. Repeat for the remaining two candle tins.

Wicking a candle tin

STEP 4: Add citronella fragrance oil

When the temperature of the wax mixture reaches 185 degrees, add the 1 oz. bottle of Citronella fragrance oil. Remove the pouring pot from the double boiler, place on a level surface and stir thoroughly for 2 minutes. Place glass thermometer to monitor the wax temperature. Let the fragranced wax cool to 160 degrees.

Adding fragrance to melted wax

STEP 5: Pour wax into candle tins

Once the wax cools to 160 degrees, carefully pour the wax mixture up to the embossed ring of each candle tin. Using a wick bar, straighten and center the wick in each tin and allow the candles to cool at room temperature overnight.

Note: To prevent cracks from forming on the surface of your candles, allow the candles to cool at a slow and even rate. We recommend cooling the candles in a room with a cosistent temperature of 72°-75°F that is free from drafts.   

Pouring wax into candle tins

STEP 6: Remove wick bars and trim wick

After the wax has completely cooled, remove the wick bar and trim each wick to about a ¼ of an inch. Place a warning label on the bottom of each tin.

Trimming candle tin wicks and applying candle warning labels

Finish your tins with a lid. You can also add a personalized label to give the citronella candles your own unique touch. We used 2.25" chalkboard labels from our local craft store and a white ink pen to create our own handmade labels.

We also created a free label template you can use with Avery's 2.5" round kraft labels if you prefer to use a kraft label.  (kraft label shown above)  

Note: Be sure to follow all candle burning safety rules.

Applying labels to candle tins