Wednesday, June 12, 2013

DIY-Citronella Candles

The other day I decided to make some citronella candles for our patio because who seriously wants to pay $7 bucks for one? Yea not me!!

Here's what you will need:
Wax (1lbs to 1 ounce of Oil)
Waxed wicks
Tin Cans (I used ones from vegetables)
Citronella Oil

I did 4 batches because I bought a 4 ounce bottle of oil and then got 4 lbs of wax to match it. I ended up with 3 regular sized cans and a large one, but if I did them all the same size I probably would of had 5 regular sized ones.

You will also need a double broiler or you can make one using a metal or glass bowl(pyrex) over a saucepan. First set your double broiler up over medium heat to melt your wax. My wax took about 15 minutes to melt completely. I bought some hot pink wax and then white because I was going to try and make a layered candle, but it didn't work out as planned so then some of my wax just ended up being light pink.

Super Legit double broiler

Wax starting to melt.

While the wax is melting hot glue your wicks to the bottom of your cans.

Once the wax is melted stir in the citronella oil and remove from heat. Then pour slowly into your cans. I used a canning funnel since it was handy. Sorry I didn't take any pictures of this step but kinda hard to photograph and pour hot wax at the same time. After you pour the wax into the can make sure your wick is in the center and then tie it to a pencil or something similar to keep it centered. I used some plastic silverware.  I let mine harden for 24 hours before using. Enjoy!!
This is the candle I tried to layer, but I didn't let the wax solidify enough
before trying to pour the white layer on top.

After hardening for 24 hours.

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