Balloon Dipped DIY Citronella Candle

Balloon Dipped DIY Citronella Candle — These DIY Citronella Candles are the perfect way to impress guests and keep those pesky mosquitos away! Plus, you’ve never seen such an easy DIY.

DIY BALLOON DIPPED CITRONELLA CANDLES - sugar and cloth

All winter long I dream about spending warm summer nights outside, in the backyard, or dinner al fresco. How about you?!

To make sure it stays mosquito free and hangout-friendly all summer long, I, Erin worked up some simple homemade citronella candles using essential oils and soy wax.

These homemade candles not only keep the pesky bugs away, but look pretty too!

The candle vessels are wrapped with vinyl balloons (of all things!) creating a colorful “dipped look” without actually having to bust out the paints. No mess here!

If you’re looking for an effective way to keep the mosquitoes away this summer, give these Balloon Dipped DIY Citronella Candles a shot.

These wax candles are packed with citronella essential oil and provide the prettiest ambient glow as the sun begins to set…

DIY BALLOON DIPPED CITRONELLA CANDLES - sugar and cloth

Materials Needed To Make Balloon Dipped DIY Citronella Candles

  • Glass tumblers — You can also use stemless wine glasses or mason jars.
  • Citronella Java essential oil — You’ll need 50 drops per 1 cup unmelted wax chips or 3 drops per cup of melted wax. 
  • Soy wax
  • Wax wicks
  • Metal wick plates — Optional to hold the wicks in place. You can also hot glue the wicks to the bottom of the glass instead.
  • Standard sized vinyl balloons — Though you can use latex balloons, vinyl balloons are weather-proof, more durable and color fade resistant.
  • Saucepan — Use one dedicated solely for candle making. I found one at the thrift store.
  • Stir stick —  A wooden kabob stick works great!
  • Scissors
  • Pencils — To hold up your wicks.

photo of how to make a homemade DIY Citronella Candle by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth

Natural Mosquito Repellent | What Is Citronella Oil?

Citronella is my go-to for mosquito repellent. The essential oils from a citronella plant can be effective as DEET so you will find citronella in most plant based bug sprays.

Citronella is my go-to for mosquito repellent. The essential oil is deprived from Cymbopogon plants (mainly from citronella and lemongrass).

It can also be effective as DEET. The fragrance oil has a smells grassy citrus floral scent which is perfect because citronella candles also serve as scented candles!

DIY BALLOON DIPPED CITRONELLA CANDLES - sugar and cloth

DIY Candle | How To Make Balloon Dipped DIY Citronella Candles

1 — Measure twice the volume of the amount of wax you’d like in each glass vessel and melt on the lowest setting in a saucepan solely dedicated to candle making. 

Use a stir stick to stir the wax occasionally.

DIY BALLOON DIPPED CITRONELLA CANDLES - sugar and cloth

2 — While the wax is melting, place a wick in each glass tumbler. To do so, first thread the wick through the metal wick plate. Then, wrap the excess wick around a pencil, and rest the pencil on the opening of the tumbler.

You may also prepare the candles in advance.

If you don’t want to use a metal wick place, hot glue your wax to the bottom of the glass instead to hold the wick in place.

3 — Once the wax is melted, remove from heat and dip each metal wick plate in the wax. Then, adhere to the bottom of the glass.

Use your stir stick to set in place with your wick.

DIY BALLOON DIPPED CITRONELLA CANDLES - sugar and cloth

Adding Essential Oils To Homemade Candles

Now we’re ready to add the essential oil once the wax is slightly cooled.

I used roughly 150 drops (50 drops per 1 cup unmelted wax chips) to make sure they’d pack enough punch to keep the mosquitoes away.

4 — Add the essential oil drops right into the saucepan of wax and give it a stir.

DIY BALLOON DIPPED CITRONELLA CANDLES - sugar and cloth

5 — Pour the wax and divide the the wax between the glass tumblers.

6 — Center the wicks.

7 — Allow the wax to cool for about 2 hours.

DIY BALLOON DIPPED CITRONELLA CANDLES - sugar and cloth

8 — While the wax is cooling, prepare the balloons by trimming off the neck of the balloon and the bottom point with a scissors.

9 — When the wax has cooled, trim the wicks to 1/4″ with a scissors.

DIY BALLOON DIPPED CITRONELLA CANDLES - sugar and cloth

10 — Stretch and slide the balloon onto the bottom 1/3 of the glass. It’ll take a little adjusting to get it into place. It doesn’t have to be perfect since you are getting a dipped look!

 DIY BALLOON DIPPED CITRONELLA CANDLES - sugar and cloth

More Backyard DIY’s

And you’re all set! Please be sure to follow burn instructions from your wick packaging. Do not leave candles burning for over four hours.

We love spending time outdoors and these DIY citronella candles are functional and pretty. For more easy backyard DIY’s, check out a few of our favorites from the archives —

 

photo of how to make a balloon dipped diy citronella candle by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth

Balloon Dipped DIY Citronella Candles

DIY BALLOON DIPPED CITRONELLA CANDLES - sugar and cloth
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Balloon Dipped DIY Citronella Candles

These DIY Citronella Candles are the perfect way to impress guests and keep the bugs away!
Prep Time45 mins
Cool Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 45 mins
Course: DIY
Cuisine: Candle
Keyword: backyard, balloon, citronella, essential oil, how to, outdoor, scented candle, sugar and cloth
Servings: 12
Cost: $75

Equipment

  • Scissors
  • Pencils
  • Saucepan
  • Stir stick

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Measure twice the volume of the amount of wax you’d like in each glass vessel and melt on the lowest setting in a saucepan. Use a stir stick to stir the wax occasionally.
  • While the wax is melting, place a wick in each glass tumbler. To do so, first thread the wick through the metal wick plate. Then, wrap the excess wick around a pencil, and rest the pencil on the opening of the tumbler. If you don’t want to use a metal wick place, hot glue your wax to the bottom of the glass instead to hold the wick in place.
  • Once the wax is melted, remove from heat and dip each metal wick plate in the wax. Then, adhere to the bottom of the glass.
  • By this time, the wax will have cooled slightly, and we’re ready to add the essential oil. I used roughly 150 drops (50 drops per 1 cup unmelted wax chips) to make sure they’d pack enough punch to keep the mosquitoes away. Add the essential oil drops right into the saucepan of wax and give it a stir.
  • Divide the the wax between the glass tumblers.
  • Center the wicks.
  • Allow the wax to cool for about 2 hours.
  • While the wax is cooling, prepare the balloons by trimming off the neck of the balloon and the bottom point with a scissors.
  • When the wax has cooled, trim the wicks to 1/4″ with a scissors.
  • Stretch and slide the balloon onto the bottom 1/3 of the glass. It’ll take a little adjusting to get it into place.

Notes

  • Make sure to use a saucepan that's solely dedicated to candle making. I picked one up at a thrift store.
  • You can also prepare the wicks in advance.

10 thoughts on “Balloon Dipped DIY Citronella Candle”

  1. I make my own essential oil bug spray. it smells divine and it really really works. lemon eucalyptus is the secret.
    http://buildhousehome.blogspot.com.au/2014/11/diy-mosquito-spray-made-from-essential.html

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  2. ooh waaauw, this is fabulous! in july we’ll finally be moving to our new house in maryland, near DC, where it still can get very hot. These candles might be just what we need! and the good thing is we will be having our own stuff from home by then, so i can become crafty again:-) i will definitely put this on my list!! thanks!!

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  3. This Is Such a great post, i’ve been meaning to grab some cItronella candles at the store but these ones are so much cuter! Using a balloon for a dipped effect is GENIUS too.

    Julia – http://bunnybaubles.com

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