Make red white and blue candles for summer parties! Use old crayons to make each layer a different color.
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These easy to make candles are perfect for your 4th of July celebrations. Add citronella or eucalyptus to help keep the bugs away.  Then make sure to check out the rest of almost 100 red, white, and blue crafts for a truly patriotic day!

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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.

This summer, I have been experimenting in candle making.  I started with DIY Citronella candles for our camping trips this summer. I had so much fun making them, that I decided to add a little color for the 4th of July.   My kids helped me make them and we had a ball crafting together.

Jars to make candles

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

Wax – for these candles I used regular wax, but I much prefer the soy wax I used in the citronella candles.

Candle wicks – I use the ones with the round metal on the bottom. It just makes it easier to keep it in there.

Red and blue crayons

Glass jars – You can use any kind of jars. I used canning jars before, but I used jars with hangers. You can also get wire handles for mason jars.

Empty coffee can or other container for melting the wax

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. I think it would work best to grate it but I don't have a grater I use just for crafting so we just cut them up.  The crayons really just didn't want to melt and the smaller pieces helped them along.

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 ready, prep the jars.  You will notice in a few photos that I forgot to put in the wicks until the last layer of wax. UGH. I was so annoyed!

So get the wicks in the jars before you start melting wax. I used a pencil to keep the wick standing up in the middle while the wax set.

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. I concocted this double boiler using an empty coffee can. I didn't want to clean off wax from my good pots.

Fill a pot with an inch or two of water and bring it to a simmer.  Meanwhile, put the wax in the coffee can. I really didn't measure. I just put wax in. I'm very precise like that.

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

Work with only one color at a time. I started with blue on the bottom.

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

Once the crayon is melted, slowly pour the blue 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, but you won't need to color the white wax. I added citronella oil to the white and red wax layers for a little bug protection.

It was at this point that I realized I had forgotten the wick! Don't be me! Put the wick in before you begin.  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.

Now, make sure to check out the rest of these red, white, and blue recipes and crafts!

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27 comments on “Red, White, and Blue Homemade Citronella Candles

  1. 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 🙂

  2. 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!


  3. 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.

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

  5. 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!

  6. 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

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

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

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

  10. 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.

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

  12. 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 🙂

  13. 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!

  14. 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!

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

  16. 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 !!!

  17. 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.

  18. 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!

  19. 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!

    • 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.

  20. So super smart and festive! Love these!

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