We decided to make these candles on a whim while walking through Michael’s looking for inspiration (we find ourselves here a lot…). We knew we wanted to experiment with candles but wanted to try something that we hadn’t seen before. Welcome DIY Colorblock Beeswax Citronella Candles! We were drawn to these tiny flower pots and decided to add some citronella (a natural mosquito and bug repellent), making them the ideal outdoor candle.
-6 small flower pots
-painter’s tape (as we learned from not having any, electrical tape will do in a pinch! and if you remember from our geometric coasters, masking tape will work as well)
-1lb organic beeswax
-around 1/2 tsp of citronella essential oil
We started by painting the pots. Place the painter’s tape on the flower pots where you would like your block of color to end. Press down firmly. Tip: try ripping the tape lengthwise to create a narrower piece. This will help get it to lie flat on the round object. Once you’ve done this, paint the colors to your liking. We chose simple black and white as a contrast to the organic looking ceramic pots. If you try something different, show us! Let these dry and then peel off the tape.
Now for the candles! We used a very makeshift double boiling technique to melt the beeswax (as if you were melting chocolate). This worked for Tara in the past with soy wax, but the beeswax really stuck to the pot! If you try this method, you might want to use an old bowl or an actual candle making pot. It took us about 5 minutes for the wax to melt fully. Next we added a few drops of the citronella essential oil (amounting to about 1/4 tsp). Although it smells very powerful at the time, the smell fades dramatically once the candles cool. We recommend adding about twice this amount.
Next comes the fun part! We used the metal base of the wicks to cover the hole on the bottom of the flower pot. This worked surprisingly well. Katherine held the wick steady while Tara poured in the hot wax. Then we held the wick in place with pencils or scotch tape. This was not the best method in the universe. Open to tips please! We found the wax started to crack around the wick after it cooled. We guess it’s from the wick moving around too much. Any ideas? After your candles cool, they are ready to go! The citronella should ward of the mosquitoes while you hang out on the patio.