Citronella Candle Buckets

I ~LOVE~ SUMMER… Especially balmy Summer nights! What’s even better is sitting out on the patio, as the heat cools down to a pleasant no-jacket-necessary temperature. The only exception would be those annoying mosquitos that disrupt your much needed chill time! So to combat those pesky little things, I made some citronella candles out of fabric-covered metal buckets.

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Here’s What You Need:

    * Candle Wax – I used about 2 1/2 pounds of wax. ^
    * 9″ Candle Wicks (Got these from Michael’s)
    * 3 Silver Buckets with handle, 4 1/2″ diam. x 5″ ^
    * Fabric (enough to cover three buckets. I had a yard of some fabric I wanted to use.)
    * Fabric scissors & regular scissors
    * Mod Podge – Matte Acrylic Sealer ^
    * Brush for the Mod Podge sealer ^
    * Wet Paper Towel for cleanup
    * Wooden Chopsticks (for stirring)
    * Double Boiler (I used a 4-cup GLASS measuring cup and a big pot. Try to find the biggest measuring GLASS cup as possible. The bigger the cup, the more you can melt at one time.)
    * Citronella Essential Oil (*Optional: Eucalyptus Essential Oil)
    * 1/2 teaspoon measuring spoon
    * 3 cloth pins
    * Newspaper (to cover your work surface)
    * Knife or Cleaver

    ^ I received these products from Oriental Trading Company for this review.  All opinions are my own.

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    Here’s how:

      1. Tightly wrap fabric around the bucket generously to cover the surface. (You don’t need to cover the bottom.) Overlap the sides about 2″ and cut. Also cut around the top and bottom, leaving enough slack, about 1/2″ all around.
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      2. Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge with a brush all around the bucket, paying close attention to the edges.
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      3. Wrap the fabric around the bucket, starting with one edge. Press down the fabric well to stick to the glue. Apply more Mod Podge as needed. You can brush more on top or under the fabric. Peel off if the fabric gets wrinkled and re-wrap tightly. Let the bucket dry for about 15 minutes.

      4. When fabric is dry, cut around the top and bottom edges as neatly as possible with fabric scissors. (Tip: Clean the scissors well after usage with a damp paper towel, making sure that there is no Mod Podge residue left.)
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      5. Apply another layer of Mod Podge on the outside of the fabric, creating a “seal” around the fabric. Let it dry for another 15 minutes and apply a 2nd coat. Set aside to dry. (Don’t worry if they look chalky now. They dry clear.)
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      6. Next, prepare the double boiler/water bath by placing a glass measuring cup in the middle of the pot and pouring water on the outside of it. Let the water come up about 3/4 way. Martha Stewart has a great video on how she does this. Click HERE for the video tutorial.

      7. Cut about 2 1/2 pounds of wax into small pieces with a cleaver or a strong knife. (This took some time to complete.)
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      8. Melt the pieces of wax in the double boiler until liquified.

      9. Dip a candle wick into the hot melted wax and affix it at the bottom of each bucket, placing it in the center. Use a cloth pin and the bucket handle to hold and stabilize the wick. Straighten and center the wick as much as possible for even burning.

      10. Drop in the Citronella oil (or a combination of Citronella and Eucalyptus) into the melted wax and stir with a wooden stick to mix. (Tip: Use 1/2 tsp per 1 pound of wax.)

      11. Pour the rest of the wax into the buckets. Let it solidify. You will need to melt more wax at this point. Repeat steps 8 & 10 until you have filled all three buckets about 1″ from the top.
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      12. When the wax solidifies, cut the wicks to 1/2″ high. Hang these buckets during the day to create a cheerful environment in your outdoor space and at night, light them up for that added summer romance in the air!
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