When hosting a Summer party like this Crab Boil packed with pretty we dreamed up with the Chinet® brand, planning for the elements is a huge necessity. Don't let pesky bugs ruin your pretty party when there is a simple DIY that will totally save the outdoor festivities. These Citronella Candles are crazy easy and have that cute factor we so love.
Cut 3 plastic cups to be slightly shorter in height than the terracotta pots. Fill cup A halfway with blue paint mixed with a splash of water. Fill cup B 3/4 high with white paint mixed with a splash of water. Fill cup C 3/4 high with about half water and half white paint.
Dip each terracotta pot in Cup C and swirl around to get a thin coat of white most of the way up the pot. Place on a piece of newspaper or cardboard to let dry 5 minutes.
Dip each terracotta pot in Cup B and swirl around to get an opaque coat of white halfway up the pot. Place on a piece of newspaper or cardboard to let dry 1/2 hour.
Dip each terracotta pot in Cup A to get a thin coat of blue on the bottom of the pot. Place on a piece of newspaper or cardboard to let dry 1 hour.
Fill the melting pot 1/3 full with wax flakes. Fill a saucepan halfway with water and place the melting pot in it over medium heat. Let the wax melt for about 15 minutes until clear and liquid.
Meanwhile, place a small chunk of floral clay in the hole at the bottom of each pot, then press in a wick. Add 12-13 drops of citronella oil to the melting wax flakes.
Pour in the melted wax into each terracotta pot, about 95% full. Position the wick in the center, and use a wooden skewer or two to keep it in place.
Let candles cool at room temperature for several hours. If they cool too quickly, you may see a small well develop around the wick. If that happens, you can just melt a pinch more wax and pour right over to make the top of the candle level. Trim the wicks short with scissors, and voila!
Photography: Ruth Eileen Photography | Plates: Chinet | DIY Candles: SMP Living