Outdoor Candles

Outdoor Candles

Candles are a fantastic addition to any activity, regardless of where it is taking place. When it comes to the great outdoors, there are more reasons than one to have a candle (or three!) present, and you will now learn how to make useful candles for all your outdoor adventures.
Few things can ruin an outdoor dinner like bugs. Whether you are dealing with bees, mosquitos, or those pesky flies, bugs can send even the most resilient outdoorsman back inside. With the right candle, however, you can drive these pesky insects away, and enjoy your evenings and afternoons regardless of the six-legged activity.


Citronella candles to keep those pests at bay

To make a citronella candle, you will need:
• Soy wax
• Candle jars of any size (but I recommend going big with this
one)
• Affix wicks (this will work better with the citronella oil)
• Citronella oil
• Dye
• Fragrance (optional)
In your double boiler (or your homemade double boiler) melt the wax until it has reached 180 degrees F. Stir often, as soy wax can burn quickly. Once the wax is melted, add the dye of choice (if any) and the citronella oil. Be generous with the oil, as this is going to be key in keeping the bugs away. You can also add a fragrance, though it may be difficult to enjoy it while you are outside.
Add the Affix wick to the jar using a wick tab, and set aside. Once the combination is complete, transfer this mix to your jar. Allow the jars to sit overnight, setting the wax in place. There you have it! Your next picnic will be a breeze with these bug-repelling candles.


Citronella dipped candles

To make your dipped candles, you will need:
• Soy wax
• Wicks
• Scissors
• Citronella oil
• Fragrance (optional)
In your double boiler (or your homemade double boiler) melt the wax until it has reached 180 degrees F. Stir often, as soy wax can burn quickly. Once the wax is melted, add the dye of choice (if any) and the citronella oil. Be generous with the oil, as this is going to be key in keeping the bugs away. You can also add a fragrance, though it may be difficult to enjoy it while you are outside.
Once the wax has reached the right temperature, remove it from heat. Take your wick now and dip it into the wax, pulling it back out again quickly. Repeat this motion once more, adding another layer of wax to the candle. Do it once more, then again. Each time you dip your candle, you should be seeing another layer of wax form on the outside.As the wax cools, you may need to re-melt it in your pot to continue dipping.
When you are happy with the size of the candle (or when you run out of wax), hang the candles high where they will not be disturbed. Allow them to finish setting up overnight, then take your scissors and cut the wicks to the right length. Enjoy bug-free evenings with your dipped candles.

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