Try This: DIY Citronella & Eucalyptus Candle

Contributor Gwendolyn McKenzie has the perfect craft to put to use on summer nights (or long holiday weekends) spent outdoors.
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Image credits and styling: Material Delight

Image credits and styling: Material Delight

Spring is flying by, and with the holiday weekend ahead, summer has unofficially arrived. Soon, weekends will be filled with berry picking, barbecues and, of course, camping--a few of our favorite outdoor activities. If you want to enjoy the fresh air without getting eaten alive by mosquitoes, here's an all-natural citronella and eucalyptus candle to try. Bonus: you can brag to your friends that you made it yourself. 


Candle wick
Tacky glue
Citronella essential oil
Eucalyptus essential oil
Enamel mug or other heatproof container (we found ours at a few of our favorite thrift stores)

Double Boiler


To start, add a few drops of tacky glue to the base of the wick and roll the top of the wick around a skewer. Place the skewer across the mouth of the mug and press the wick's base firmly into place inside on the bottom of the container. 


Next, get ready for a great-smelling kitchen. Fill a saucepan with a few inches of water. Bring to a boil and place a tall heatproof pitcher or pouring pot in the water. Fill the pitcher with your beeswax and allow to melt completely. Add 10-20 drops of citronella oil for each candle you’re making and 5-10 drops of eucalyptus oil, or enough that you’re satisfied with the scent.

Carefully pour the melted wax into your mugs, making sure to leave room at the top so the wick isn't fully covered. Allow your candle to set for at least 24 hours.


Once your candle is fully cured, trim away the excess wick, leaving about 3/4 of an inch.


Ta-da! Easy, right? We can't wait to bring our candles along on our Memorial Day barbecues and camping trips, for a sweet smell that doubles as much-needed bug protection.


If you pack yours for a trip, too, just don’t forget your matches!

Thanks so much, Gwen!  

p.s. If the great indoors are more your style, try bringing a bit of natural inspiration inside with these five decor tips