Easy DIY Citronella Mason Jar Candles (and a Summer Centerpiece)

It's Summer. That means BBQ's, Flip-flops, the Beach - and mosquitoes. Or "skeeters" as we call them here in Eastern NC. This year, I am combatting them with lots of DIY Citronella Mason Jar Candles. They are so easy to make. I took a few and went the extra step and created a Summertime Patio Table Centerpiece. Take a look!
I made some of thse last year, and used recycled glass jars - such as spaghetti sauce and olive jars. This year, I decided to use some Mason Jars.
I wanted the lids to look more like metal, so some simple spray paint was all that was needed to take them from silver to metal.
A metal hole punch was used to create an entry for the wicks.
Once filled with citronella oil, the jars were quite beautiful.
I decided to use a few of the jars and take it one step further. I grabbed this burlap-lined basket from my pantry and lined the inside with plastic. I filled it with soil and planted the outer edge with small ferns and vinca plants.
And this is what it turned out to look like. A Summertime Patio Table Centerpiece.
And for those more educated skeeters, I added a little chalkboard sign. :-D
Not only is this basket functional...
It's pretty too when all the candles are lit. Please make sure you stop by my blog to see all the details on how I put these candles and this basket together. (see link below)
The Everyday Home/Barb Garrett
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  • Mainiebets Mainiebets on Oct 22, 2019
    Great idea but I have one question if that’s ok. What happens when the wick burns below the lid? Is the citronella oil a solid? Thanks so much.

  • Laura Laura on Dec 06, 2019


    what do you use for wicks? where do you get them?

    I want to be able to make potpourri mason jar candles with orange slices, apples, rosemary and cranberries in them. I think you mix water with some veg. oil or olive oil so it'll burn.

    thank you,




  • Meg50709142 Meg50709142 on Mar 14, 2021

    Cute! Where’d you get the blue oil?

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