Finally summer is here and we can sit outside!
How about a nice dinner on the terrace? Unfortunately it is also the time for insects and mosquitos.
I have so many cute little vases at home and I thought it would be a good idea to use them for making citronnella candles. If you don’t have little pots like the one in the picture, you can also go for tins or glass jars.
DIY N. 188
HOMEMADE CITRONELLA CANDLES
Container (a little pot or in alternative tins or glass jars) – A double boiler – Wax (soy wax, paraffin wax, old candles) – Pre-waxed wicks with tabs a bit longer than the height of your container – citronella oil (a few drops for each candle) – hot glue gun
Place the wicks to the center of your can or container. The best way I have found to use this is with a hot glue gun. Make sure to press the wick down firmly (and carefully as the hot glue can burn).
If you are using a larger container, you can add two or three wicks spaced apart around the center.
Assemble your double boiler and add wax or old candles in small pieces. Don’t worry so much about bits of wick or other specks in the wax as you won’t see them in the candles when they are done.
Heat the wax over medium heat until it is completely melted. This won’t take too long. Stir every once in a while to help it melt evenly.
When the wax is melted, it’s time to add the fragrance (calculate about 28 g for 450 g of wax).
Let the wax cool slightly and carefully pour into containers. I can usually gently maneuver my wicks to stay in the center as the wax cools, but if you are having trouble, secure the wicks with a chopstick or clothespin to keep them in line.
Allow your candle to rest for 48 hours before burning. Trim the wick to about 1 cm before you light it. Then, once it’s lit, let the candle burn so that there is a full, wide pool of wax before you blow it out. This is how you get an even burn for the life of the candle.
Now you can leave your pots as they are or decorate them with twine and other materials.
Your homemade citronella candle is ready!
Hope you liked today’s craft idea!
See you tomorrow with another easy DIY.