DIY Citronella Soy Candles

 Citronella Soy Candles

Soy Citronella Candles

It’s that time of year where bugs (both good and no-so-good) are invading our backyards and patios. While I don’t want to do anything to hurt “helpful” bugs like spiders and ladybugs, I am not a big fan of mosquitos! The always seem to come buzzing around at that exact worst moment… like when you’ve invited your neighbors over for a barbeque and you’re JUST about to serve the hot dogs. Here’s a way to get those mosquitos and other flying insects to buzz off: make your own Citronella Soy Candle. The lemony scent of citronella can send the pests packing.

Citronella Soy Candles: Supplies

Soy Wax, Containers (I used glass jars from Ben Franklin Crafts Redmond), waxed wicks, wax (to adhere wick to jar– both items also available at Ben Frankin Crafts Redmond) and Citronella Essential Oil. You also need a food-safe thermometer, and a microwave safe container. Tip: A glass measuring cup with a spout is helpful. You’ll also need pencils or rulers and tape (for keeping the wick straight).

Soy Citronella Candles

 Step 1: Use a dab of wax to stick the metal part of the wick to the bottom of the jar.

DIY citronella candle

Step 2: Press waxed wick firmly to make it adhere to jar. Tip: Use the eraser side of the pencil to if you can’t reach the bottom of the wick.

DIY Soy Citronella Candles

 Step 3: Using a pencil or ruler and tape, suspend the top of the wick in the center of the jar.

DIY Citronella Candles Step 4: Melt the soy chips in the microwave. I used 4 cups of soy wax chips at a time. It took 8 cups of soy wax chips to fill the larger class container. In my microwave, it took three minutes for 4 cups of wax chips to melt.

DIY Soy Citronella Candles

 Step 5: Check the temperature of the soy wax. It need to be at 180 degrees. Let the temperature fall to 140 degrees before adding 15 drops of citronella essental oil. Mix (I used a wood skewer).

DIY Soy Citronella Candles Step 6: Carefully pour into jar and wait.

Soy Citronella Candles

 Step 7: Let the candle(s) sit undisturbed for 48 hours.

Free Citronella Candle Labels Step 8: If desired, print out these FREE Citronella Candle Labels for Yesterday on Tuesday by Printabelle onto White Sticker Paper (available at Ben Franklin Crafts Redmond).

Label Download

1. Click this link: Free Citronella Candle Labels

2. Click actions (upper left), then view all sizes, select large and save to your computer

3. Print on sticker paper


Step 9: Cut out stickers and apply them to jars.

How to make soy citronella candles

Stuff to Remember:

Don’t leave melted wax or a lighted candle unattended.

Trim wick to 1/8″-1/4″ after each use.

Don’t let temperature of soy wax chips exceed 300 degrees when melting wax, it could cause a fire.

If wax does catch fire, use baking soda or smother with a lid to put fire out (NOT water).

Always check package instructions and use your common sense.

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    • Malia says

      Hi Suzy, Thanks. Melting the soy in the microwave makes it easy. Congrats on your project in Kid’s Crafts 1-2-3! Malia

    • Malia says

      Thanks Tara… it would be super fun to make a bunch of little ones. I also used baby food jars to make some votives. Have a beautiful day!

  1. Crystal says

    Great idea!!! I love how cute the jars look. They will look great on our patio!! Thanks for the recipe!!

  2. Amy* says

    Well aren’t these pretty AND practical! These would make a great housewarming or “just because” for the neighbors. We get invited for BBQ at our neighbors house and can’t ever stay long because of the bugs these. I should make some of these to take along with my potato salad :)

    Thanks for the cute labels and handy tutorial!


    • Malia says

      Thanks Amy! I made some little ones with baby food jars and used them last night. The candles helped keep the bugs at bay! Hope you have a great weekend.

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