Ward Off Mosquitoes This Summer With a DIY Citronella Candle!
If there is one thing I never have on hand during the summer, it is citronella candles. My family and I love to sit outside and enjoy dinner during the summer months, but we do not love the bugs it attracts. Citronella is a natural mosquito repellent.
I love a good DIY Project and I thought it would be fun to use one of the hundred mason jars I have on hand to create my own DIY Citronella candles!
Last year, I made quite a few of these for our back deck and our picnic table. I love the great ambiance it added to my back yard. Even if you aren’t a DIY type of person, I am pretty positive you can make these!
Supplies needed to create your own Mason Jar Citronella Candles (with affiliate links)
The first step is to make a hole in your mason jar lid with a drill bit right in the middle of your lid.
Pull your wick through the hole, you will want to leave about 2 inches of the wick out of the hole, make sure the rest goes all the way to the bottom of the jar.
Fill the glass jars with the citronella and screw the top of the jar on.
I think it should go without saying that these citronella torches are for outdoor use only.
These Mason Jar Citronella Candles are a great way to add to your outdoor decor. You can change up the color of the jars to match your outdoor space. For example, I love using blue mason jars! Or you can make your candles smaller using jam jars and a smaller wick.
They even make a fun hostess gift for the next BBQ.
Use a small piece of duct tape to wrap the end of the wick and then pull it through the hole.
Yes! Use 1 cup olive oil and a few drops of citronella essential oil. If there is none of the natural citronella oil, you can try tea tree or peppermint oil. These are all a common ingredient in natural bug sprays and can be found at your local health food store.
The rule of thumb is 1 hour of burning time per 1 oz of fuel.
* Tiki Torch replacement wicks or 1/8" candle wicks,
* A Mason Jar with lid,
a screwdriver and hammer or a dremel
- I opted to use one of my mason jars and a lid meant to transform your mason jar into a cup. It worked perfectly for my purpose!
- Just keep in mind if you do this, to remove the rubber stopper.
- If you don't use a lid like this and decide to use the mason jar lid, use a screwdriver and hammer or a dremel to poke a hole in the middle of your lid.
- Pull your wick through the hole, fill the jar with citronella and voila! A DIY Mason Jar Citronella Candle!
Tip: Having trouble getting the wick through the hole? Use a small piece of duct tape to wrap the end of the wick and then pull it through the hole.
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Guppy Tharp on May 23, 2021