Summer is my favorite season here in the Pacific Northwest. After months of grey skies and rain, I can’t wait to get outside and enjoy the sunshine. The only problem is that mosquitos LOVE me. I swear if there is a single mosquito buzzing around an entire forest, it will hunt me down, leaving me covered with bites. That’s why every year I make the necessary preparations for spending the evening outdoors which include making up a batch of citronella candles to use throughout the season.
Candle making is a simple and fun process once you’ve gathered your supplies. At Molly Muriel, we have all the supplies listed below available for purchase in our retail store in Milwaukie, Oregon. If you don’t live in our area, check out your local craft supply store or order supplies online.
(makes one candle)
• 6 oz soy wax
• Size #2 cotton candle wick
• Metal wick tab
• Glue dot
• 2 teaspoons citronella essential oil
• 8 oz tin or glass jar
• Clothespin and craft sticks
• Double boiler or pot and small metal pitcher
• Metal teaspoon (essential oil with soak into plastic)
First, begin by prepping your tins or jars. Use your wick to measure the height of your tin, adding about 1 inch extra.
Thread it through the metal tab and pinch closed with pliers.
Add a glue dot to the bottom of the metal tab and place in the center of your container. Use a clothes pin to hold the wick into place.
Next create a double boiler by filling a pot with a few inches of water. Bring to a simmer, fill a small metal pitcher with wax and place into the simmering water. Once the wax is melted completely, add 2 teaspoons of citronella essential oil. Use a craft stick to stir well.
Carefully pour melted wax into your prepared tin or jar, filling about 1/4” from the top. If necessary, adjust the clothespin so that your wick is centered.
Let dry completely and then remove the clothespin. Trim wick to approximately 1/4”, light them up and watch those annoying mosquitos skedaddle from your yard!