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DIY Independence Day Citronella Candles

Every 4th of July I host a big BBQ at my house. I have all the neighbors and their families over from our little cul de sac. With this party comes a lot of planning and preparation right down to the smallest little detail.

I love to have the theme consistent and show as much pride in everything from the food to the decorations as I can. I have cocktails, appetizers, pasta salads and full decor in all red white and blue. Needless to say this can be a lot of work but I must admit, I love doing it and it makes it all worth it.

Last year I found the mosquito's to be pretty bad with all the rain we got and it made parts of the evening almost unbearable. I searched endlessly for theme colored candles this year and well unfortunately we didn't have much, let alone any, to choose from. That being said I decided to take matters into my own hands and make some myself.

I have never in my life made a candle. These were hands down one of the easiest things to do I have ever attempted. All I needed was a microwave and some crayons for color. I had most of the other stuff at home already! These candles not only perfectly fit my theme, they will keep the bugs away and might even become nice little party favors at the end of the night.

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To make, prepare your jars by marking your jar into 3 sections leaving 1/2 from the top rim.

With a hot glue gun, place a dab of glue on the bottom of the metal wick base and press firmly onto the center of the bottom of the mason jar.

To make your first layer, shave the sides of a red crayon using a vegetable peeler or cut into very small pieces. This will help the wax melt more quickly.

Using 1 cup of wax melt in the microwave for up to 1 minute and 30 seconds. Taking out to stir occasionally.

Place the colored wax shavings in the melted wax and stir to mix and melt.

Add in the citronella oil and citronella essential oil and mix.

Wrap your candle wick around a pencil to keep straight.

Pour into your jar at your first marker. Allow to fully set.

Repeat the process with the white (no color added) and the blue (add color shavings). Allow both layers to fully set.

Allow 48 hours to fully set before lighting. Cut the wick roughly half inch above the candle surface.

Place outside and enjoy and mosquito free evening!

What You'll Need

  • 6 regular 1/2 pint mason jars
  • 1 lb microwavable soy wax
  • a glass measuring cup for easy pouring
  • a spoon or whisk
  • red and blue crayons
  • a vegetable peeler
  • citronella oil
  • braided candle wicks
  • citronella essential oil (for that nice lemony scent)
  • 6 pencils
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun
  • microwave/double boiler

Directions

  1. To make, prepare your jars by marking your jar into 3 sections leaving 1/2 from the top rim. With a hot glue gun, place a dab of glue on the bottom of the metal wick base and press firmly onto the center of the bottom of the mason jar.
  2. To make your first layer, shave the sides of a red crayon using a vegetable peeler or cut into very small pieces. This will help the wax melt more quickly.
  3. Using 1 cup of wax melt in the microwave for up to 1 minute and 30 seconds. Taking out to stir occasionally.
  4. Place the colored wax shavings in the melted wax and stir to mix and melt.
  5. Add in the citronella oil (1 teaspoon per 1 cup wax) and citronella essential oil (8-10 drops per cup) and mix.
  6. Wrap your candle wick around a pencil to keep straight.
  7. Pour into your jar at your first marker. Allow to fully set.
  8. Repeat the process with the white (no color added) and the blue (add color shavings). Allow both layers to fully set.
  9. Allow 48 hours to fully set before lighting. Cut the wick roughly half inch above the candle surface.
  10. Place outside and enjoy and mosquito free evening!