How to Make Colorful, Crayon-Dipped Citronella Candles

These stylish citronella candles are a triple threat — they’re pretty; they're functional; and they'll keep the mosquitoes away.

DIY Dip Dyed Citronella Candles

DIY Dip Dyed Citronella Candles

These stylish citronella candles are a triple threat. They’re pretty, functional and will keep the mosquitoes away.

Photo by: Tomas Espinoza

Tomas Espinoza

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Materials Needed

  • citronella candles (tapers and pillars)
  • 1/2-quart slow cooker
  • plastic liner
  • crayons in desired colors
  • clean, used tin can
  • paint stirrer
  • rocks

Line Slow Cooker

Place a plastic liner inside the ceramic pot to keep this project easy to clean up.

DIY Dip Dyed Citronella Candles

DIY Dip Dyed Citronella Candles

Step 1- Line the Pot Placing a plastic liner inside the ceramic pot will keep this DIY project easy to clean up!

Photo by: Tomas Espinoza

Tomas Espinoza

Add Tin Can

Recycle an old tin can to create a pot within a pot. Place the clean can in the middle of the slow cooker. We added rocks around it to keep it stabilized for stirring in the next step. (Make sure the can's diameter is larger than your widest candle.)

DIY Dip Dyed Citronella Candles

DIY Dip Dyed Citronella Candles

Step 2- Add Can Recycle an old tin can to create a pot within a pot. Place the clean can in the middle of the pot. We added rocks around it to keep it stabilized for stirring in the next step. HINT- Make sure the can’s diameter is larger than your widest candle.

Photo by: Tomas Espinoza

Tomas Espinoza

Add Crayon Pieces

Add pieces of unwrapped crayons into the can. We went with several different shades of blue and green to get a unique turquoise hue.

DIY Dip Dyed Citronella Candles

DIY Dip Dyed Citronella Candles

Step 3- Add Crayon Bits Add bits of unwrapped crayons into the can. We went with several different shades of blue and green to get a unique turquoise hue.

Photo by: Tomas Espinoza

Tomas Espinoza

Add Water  

Pour hot water into the slow cooker, being careful to avoid getting any water into the can. Turn slow cooker on high to begin melting the crayons.

DIY Dip Dyed Citronella Candles

DIY Dip Dyed Citronella Candles

Step 4- Add Water Pour hot water into the pot, being careful to avoid getting any water into the can. Turn slow cooker on HIGH to begin melting the crayons.

Photo by: Tomas Espinoza

Tomas Espinoza

Melt + Stir 

Using a stirrer, slowly mix the melting crayons together and keep stirring until you get a smooth consistency.

DIY Dip Dyed Citronella Candles

DIY Dip Dyed Citronella Candles

Step 5- Melt & Stir Using a stirrer or old spoon, slowly mix the melting crayons together and keep stirring until you get a smooth consistency.

Photo by: Tomas Espinoza

Tomas Espinoza

Dip Candles

Slowly dip the candles into the warm, melted crayon mixture. Vary the depth or angle as you lower the candle into the wax for an interesting "wrapped" texture. Place the candles on their side along the edge of a table to cool. The crayon wax dries very quickly. Be sure not to over-dip the tapers, as you may have a hard time fitting them into candlesticks later.

DIY Dip Dyed Citronella Candles

DIY Dip Dyed Citronella Candles

Step 6- Dip Candles Slowly dip candles into the warm melted crayon mixture. Vary the depth or angle as you lower the candle into the wax for an interesting “wrapped” texture. Place candles on their side along the edge of a table to cool. The crayon wax dries very quickly. HINT: Don’t over-dip tapers as you may have a hard time fitting them into candlesticks later.

Photo by: Tomas Espinoza

Tomas Espinoza

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