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Red, White, and Blue Homemade Citronella Candles

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Homemade citronella candles are easy to make in patriotic colors.


DIY citronella candles go red, white and blue for even more summer fun! Keep the bugs away with citronella essential oils and wax dyed with old candles. This easy homemade candle is a fun project for kids.

Experimenting in candle making is a fun and easy craft.  For summer fun outdoors  DIY Citronella candles are great for camping trips and summer parties. Add a little color for the 4th of July to make patriotic citronella candles.   This is a great craft project to make with kids.  

Red, White and Blue Patriotic DIY Citronella Candles 

Jars to make candles

You need very basic supplies for candle making. You will need:

Keep the kids entertained this summer by making your own candles! Wax colored with melted crayons make for a colorful DIY candle kids love to make.

Start by cutting up the crayons in to the smallest pieces you possibly can. It works best to grate the crayons but if you don’t have a grater just cut them up.  The crayons really just don’t want to melt. So smaller pieces are better.

If you want brighter more intense colors, use 2 crayons. The wax really lightens the colors.  I used disposable bowls to color the wax so I didn’t need to worry about clean up.

Candle Wick for Homemade Candles

Once the crayons are cut up or grated, prep the jars.  Twist the wick around a pen or pencil and set it on top of the jar. Don’t forget the wick! You may notice a few photos here of a wick-less candle. Don’t do that!

Keep the kids entertained this summer by making your own candles! Wax colored with melted crayons make for a colorful DIY candle kids love to make.

Next, melt the wax. You can melt the wax using a double boiler or in the microwave.  This double boiler was made using an empty coffee can. This way you can just toss the coffee when you are done. No messy wax clean up. If melting in the microwave, use a glass jar or bowl.

To use a double boiler, fill a pot with an inch or two of water and bring it to a simmer.  Meanwhile, put the wax in the coffee can. You don’t really have to measure. It takes a little back and forth to figure out how much wax you need. Err on the side of too much rather than too little. 

Put the coffee can in the pot and let the wax melt completely. It will turn clear when it’s melted.

Melted Crayons for Candles

Once the wax is melted, work with only one color at a time. Decide which color you want on the bottom of the candle and start with that color.

Pour about a third of the wax in to the bowl with the blue crayon.  Use wooden crafts sticks to mix. You will not have to worry about cleaning up. You can just toss them.

Once the crayon is melted, slowly pour the the wax in to the jar.  Put the jar in the fridge to let it set.  Make sure it completely cooled before you begin the next layer.

Red, White and blue candle

Repeat the same process for white and red layers. Obviously you won’t need to color the white wax. Added citronella oil to the middle and top wax layers for a little bug protection. Let the wax cool in the fridge between each layer.

Homemade candles


And that’s it! Your red, white and blue candles are ready to decorate your 4th of July tables or help light the night.


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  • Karyl
    June 1, 2016

    This is so perfect! My best friend is having a 4th of July party, and this will be fantastic for it!! Hobby Lobby here I come 🙂

    • Camille
      June 2, 2016

      Oh yes! These are great for 4th parties!

  • Frugal Hausfrau
    May 23, 2016

    Oh what a great idea, Camille! I’m going to make these (and I have jars like this already. Thanks for sharing with us at the Throwback Thursday Link party!


  • Crystal
    May 23, 2016

    I always thought making my own candles was so much harder to do than this. Thank you for the tutorial. I love your end results too.

    Thank you for sharing this with us on the #HomeMattersParty. We hope to see you again when we open our doors at 12 AM EST on Friday.

  • Leah Elwood
    May 20, 2016

    This is such a good idea! We need citronella candles, and hey, might as well have some fun and festive ones 🙂

  • Theresa
    May 20, 2016

    Hi Camille, I really want to try this DIY. I love the layers on the candles. Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight Party. Pinned & shared, shared on my FB page too. Have a great weekend!

  • Lisa
    May 18, 2016

    Not only are these super cute but they serve a good purpose too! My four year old and I definitely need these because mosquitoes seem to think we’re delicious…LOL! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Share The Wealth Sunday! xoxo

  • Kati
    May 18, 2016

    These are so awesome! I want a bunch of these for a summer barbecue. Pinned!

  • Tina
    May 17, 2016

    These are great! I know my family would love to help make these.

    • Camille
      May 18, 2016

      They are a great activity for kids!

  • Laurie
    May 15, 2016

    These are so cute and so perfect for holiday gatherings! Thanks for sharing with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday! Pinned and tweeted to share!

  • Charlene Asay
    May 15, 2016

    This is so cute. I am loving all the patriotic posts this week. I am inviting you to link up with us at Family Joy Blog Link Up Party this week.

  • Morgan
    May 15, 2016

    I just started making my own candles last winter and didn’t know or think to color them with crayons! What a great idea!

    • Camille
      May 18, 2016

      Yes! My daughter saw it on a YouTube video! LOL

  • Danyelle
    June 29, 2015

    I’ve been leery of getting into making candles as I’m sure I’ll get quickly addicted. Just looks so intimidating….but your tutorial makes this look much easier then I thought it would be! Plus the end result is so pretty 🙂

  • Such an ingenious way to use crayons! I love how the candles turned out and it looks like something Moriah would like to make with me!

  • Kristina & Millie
    June 24, 2015

    love the candles! such a great tute, lots of images, easy to follow. Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle Sunday. We forgot to mention you were featured this past weekend 🙂 Congrats!

  • Vickie
    June 23, 2015

    I love these candles. Great lineup of other crafts for the 4th also! Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty

  • Teresa
    June 23, 2015

    I am so excited I found this! I have been on the hunt for citronella candles for weeks and haven’t found anything. I thought about making them but had no clue how. Now I’m going to give candle making a try. Thanks !!!

    • Camille
      June 24, 2015

      I’m slightly addicted now! It’s so easy and the possibilities are endless. Just get the soy wax. It’s so much nicer to work with.

  • Melissa Vera
    June 20, 2015

    Somehow I haven’t attempted to make candles yet. But thanks for this tutorial. Thank you for linking up at #HomeMattersParty this week. Hope you will come back next week and link up again.

  • Jenny
    June 16, 2015

    These are perfect for July! Great idea to add citronella or eucalyptus to keep the bugs away. Making outdoor candles is on my to-do list, so reading your tips definitely helped. I could totally see myself forgetting to put the wick in! I am co-hosting a new link party every Tuesday at 7pm. We’d love for you to join us!

  • Caroline
    June 12, 2015

    Hi! Found you via The Kim Fix Six and love these! A couple of questions. How much citronella oil do you use for them to be effective? And does the wax not melt styrofoam bowl? Pinning this and can’t wait to try!

    • Camille
      June 12, 2015

      Hi Caroline! Good questions. I live in Nevada and we don’t really have mosquitoes. 🙂 So mine are packed for camping over the 4th. But I used 6-8 drops (2-3 drops per layer). They smell lightly of citronella so I don’t think it’d hurt to use more. But I will report back after camping with them. The wax does not get hot enough to melt the bowls and it begins to cool immediately so you have to work kind of quickly when mixing the colors. I had leftovers in the bowl because it was cooling.

  • Marie
    June 11, 2015

    So super smart and festive! Love these!

  • Kiki Comin
    June 11, 2015

    these are amazing! I love the idea of using the crayon to get the color. 🙂