DIY BALLOON DIPPED CITRONELLA CANDLES - sugar and cloth

DIY Balloon Dipped Citronella Candles

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 citronella candles using essential oils and soy wax that not only keep the 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 DIY balloon dipped citronella candles a shot. They’re packed with citronella essential oil and provide the prettiest ambient glow as the sun begins to set…

DIY BALLOON DIPPED CITRONELLA CANDLES - sugar and clothDIY BALLOON DIPPED CITRONELLA CANDLES - sugar and cloth

Glass Tumblers

Citronella Java essential oil

Soy wax

Wax wicks

Saucepan

Stir stick –  a wooden kabob stick works great!

Standard sized vinyl balloons

Scissors

Pencils

DIY BALLOON DIPPED CITRONELLA CANDLES - sugar and cloth

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. (I picked one up a thrift store.) Use a stir stick to stir the wax every so often.

DIY BALLOON DIPPED CITRONELLA CANDLES - sugar and cloth

While the wax is melting, place a wick in each glass tumbler. Wrap the excess wick around a pencil, and rest the pencil on the opening of the tumbler.

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.

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 1c 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.

DIY BALLOON DIPPED CITRONELLA CANDLES - sugar and cloth

Divide the the wax between the glass tumblers. Center the wicks, and allow the wax to cool for about 2 hours, then trim the wicks to 1/4″ with a scissors.

DIY BALLOON DIPPED CITRONELLA CANDLES - sugar and cloth

Prepare the balloons by trimming off the neck of the balloon and the bottom point with a scissors.

DIY BALLOON DIPPED CITRONELLA CANDLES - sugar and cloth

Stretch and slide the balloon onto the bottom 1/3 of the glass. It’ll take a little adjusting to get it into place.

DIY BALLOON DIPPED CITRONELLA CANDLES - sugar and cloth DIY BALLOON DIPPED CITRONELLA CANDLES - sugar and clothDIY BALLOON DIPPED CITRONELLA CANDLES - sugar and cloth

Citronella is my go-to for mosquito repellent, but I’ve also heard lemongrass is a great insect deterrent too. Has anyone tried DIY lemongrass candles with great results? We’d love to hear your best kept mosquito repellent secret!

Erin Francois

As a diy-er to the very core, Erin calls upon her interior design background to create pieces for the home that work to add beauty, function and a loaded dose of handmade soul to our everyday.
Find more of her handmade musings on Francois et Mois

Read more from Erin Francois

DIY BALLOON DIPPED CITRONELLA CANDLES - sugar and cloth

DIY Balloon Dipped Citronella Candles

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 citronella candles using essential oils and soy wax that not only keep the 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 DIY balloon dipped citronella candles a shot. They’re packed with citronella essential oil and provide the prettiest ambient glow as the sun begins to set…

DIY BALLOON DIPPED CITRONELLA CANDLES - sugar and clothDIY BALLOON DIPPED CITRONELLA CANDLES - sugar and cloth

Glass Tumblers

Citronella Java essential oil

Soy wax

Wax wicks

Saucepan

Stir stick –  a wooden kabob stick works great!

Standard sized vinyl balloons

Scissors

Pencils

DIY BALLOON DIPPED CITRONELLA CANDLES - sugar and cloth

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. (I picked one up a thrift store.) Use a stir stick to stir the wax every so often.

DIY BALLOON DIPPED CITRONELLA CANDLES - sugar and cloth

While the wax is melting, place a wick in each glass tumbler. Wrap the excess wick around a pencil, and rest the pencil on the opening of the tumbler.

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.

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 1c 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.

DIY BALLOON DIPPED CITRONELLA CANDLES - sugar and cloth

Divide the the wax between the glass tumblers. Center the wicks, and allow the wax to cool for about 2 hours, then trim the wicks to 1/4″ with a scissors.

DIY BALLOON DIPPED CITRONELLA CANDLES - sugar and cloth

Prepare the balloons by trimming off the neck of the balloon and the bottom point with a scissors.

DIY BALLOON DIPPED CITRONELLA CANDLES - sugar and cloth

Stretch and slide the balloon onto the bottom 1/3 of the glass. It’ll take a little adjusting to get it into place.

DIY BALLOON DIPPED CITRONELLA CANDLES - sugar and cloth DIY BALLOON DIPPED CITRONELLA CANDLES - sugar and clothDIY BALLOON DIPPED CITRONELLA CANDLES - sugar and cloth

Citronella is my go-to for mosquito repellent, but I’ve also heard lemongrass is a great insect deterrent too. Has anyone tried DIY lemongrass candles with great results? We’d love to hear your best kept mosquito repellent secret!

Erin Francois

As a diy-er to the very core, Erin calls upon her interior design background to create pieces for the home that work to add beauty, function and a loaded dose of handmade soul to our everyday.
Find more of her handmade musings on Francois et Mois

Read more from Erin Francois

Comments

  • Corina Nika

    06.13.16

    This is so adorable! I’m gonna fill all my yeard with those this summer :)

  • Julia

    06.13.16

    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

  • stef

    06.14.16

    That´s a very cute idea!

  • Barbara

    06.14.16

    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!!

  • Jessica autumn

    08.18.16

    SUch a unique idea. I would have never thought of this.

    • Ashley said:

      So glad you like it!

  • Nancy

    09.13.16

    Lovely! What a pretty way to keep the bugs away!

    • Ashley said:

      Right?! Love how cute and practical the DIY is.

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