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How to Make a Bumblebee Citronella Candle

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posted: 06/12/15

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Ever wonder how to make a citronella candle? These Bumblebee Citronella Candles are so easy to make, and make a perfect gift!

Ever wonder how to make a citronella candle? These Bumblebee Citronella Candles are so easy to make, and make a perfect gift!

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Ever since I read this post by Positively Splendid about making your own citronella candles, I got this idea in my head to make one that is black and yellow like a bumblebee. So cute, right?

And then I came up with the idea of adding this cute printable! You’re The Bees Knees. Aww, get it?

DOWNLOAD THE PRINTABLE (PDF VERSION) HERE

DOWNLOAD THE SILHOUETTE PRINT AND CUT FILE HERE

Ever wonder how to make a citronella candle? These Bumblebee Citronella Candles are so easy to make, and make a perfect gift!

Here’s what you need:

  • citronella oil
  • 1/2 pound soy wax (I used Artsmind brand found at Michaels)
  • candle prewaxed wicks and clips (I used Artsmind brand found at Michaels)
  • black and yellow crayon  (the yellow color “dandelion” actually makes for a better layer)
  • dixie cups
  • 8 oz mason jar
  • chop sticks
  • E6000 glue

Step 1:  Glue the wick to the bottom of the mason jar. Using two chopsticks that are still connected, keep the wick in place until the glue dries. (See picture under Step 5 below)

Ever wonder how to make a citronella candle? These Bumblebee Citronella Candles are so easy to make, and make a perfect gift!

Step 2:  Fill a dixie cup with wax and half a black crayon. Microwave for two minutes.

Ever wonder how to make a citronella candle? These Bumblebee Citronella Candles are so easy to make, and make a perfect gift!

Stir, and microwave for another two minutes.*

Ever wonder how to make a citronella candle? These Bumblebee Citronella Candles are so easy to make, and make a perfect gift!

Step 3:  Fill the cup up the rest of the way up with more wax. And microwave another two minutes.

Ever wonder how to make a citronella candle? These Bumblebee Citronella Candles are so easy to make, and make a perfect gift!

Step 4:  Add four drops of citronella oil and stir in. (And ignore the fact that now the wax is yellow.)

Ever wonder how to make a citronella candle? These Bumblebee Citronella Candles are so easy to make, and make a perfect gift!

Step 5:  Pour wax in, being careful to avoid the wick and the side of the jar. Again, use the chopsticks to hold the wick in place. (Forgive the terrible picture . . . I forgot to take this picture when making the first candle.)

Ever wonder how to make a citronella candle? These Bumblebee Citronella Candles are so easy to make, and make a perfect gift!

Step 6:  Wait an hour between each layer.

Note:  When you pour the yellow onto the black layer, make sure you wait a good 10 minutes after pulling the wax out of the microwave before you pour, otherwise you will melt some of the lower black layer and it will bleed into your yellow.

Finally, you are going to want to wait a few hours before setting that baby on fire. There are some complaints about using crayons to color candles because it can impact the way it melts. I haven’t had a chance to check this with a buggy back yard yet, but I can tell you it does burn. It doesn’t get a high flame, but it does burn and fills your house with a citronella-ey smell.

Ever wonder how to make a citronella candle? These Bumblebee Citronella Candles are so easy to make, and make a perfect gift!

*Some posts caution that all the wax melting (because it’s such a small container) can burn out your microwave. I thought that was nuts until I was on the last layer of my second candle . . . my microwave totally overheated. So proceed with caution and keep your microwave door open between layers.

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Hi! I'm Lisa Longley, and I am committed to giving you simple dinner ideas and recipes that are easy to make; recipes that will fill your home with joy. I am the owner and author of SimpleJoy.com and I'm so glad that you are here.

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  1. ColleenB. says

    Adorable. What a great gift this would make or a hostess item when invited to a 4th of July party.
    I have never made candles. Been afraid of the hot wax I guess.
    Thank you for the great tutorial
    Have a wonderful and enjoyable weekend

  2. heather @french press says

    this is on our craft agenda today :) cannot wait

  3. Nigel William says

    Hi, great idea! I was wondering how long does it take for the wax to harden? Thank you!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m not sure exactly how long, but it goes pretty fast.

  4. Solange says

    Thank you very much. I am delighted!

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