This has been the summer of outdoor projects for my hubby and me.
The one thing that distracts us and makes our time outside unpleasant? You guessed it! Mosquitoes!
Citronella oil is a plant-based insect repellant that is a must for spending time outside. Since we are self-taught DIYers we knew we could find a way to make candles that were both efficient and pretty.
Here’s the scoop on how to make your own citronella candles:
Mason jar (or any glass jar) with lid and ring
Citronella torch fuel
1/8″ lamp wicks
Nail punch, Phillips head screwdriver or a nail
Using the pint sized mason jars punch a hole from the bottom in the center of the lid. This allows for easier installation of the wick.
Push and twist the wick through the hole in the lid leaving 1/8 inch exposed.
Fill jar with citronella torch fuel.
Screw on the lid and ring and pull the wick through. That’s it!
The oil changed colors with exposure to sunlight.
These little candles make a great gift for neighbors or friends and create a warm and inviting ambiance for an outdoor room.
Close your eyes and imagine the warm breeze and good company while your homemade citronella candles chase away the bugs!
When we first experimented with the wicks we used torch wick replacement and wrapped duct tape at the tip.
This aided in pulling the rope through the opening.
Once the rope was through we just snipped off the duct tape with scissors.
I wasn’t comfortable with the larger flame (especially with a new deck I didn’t want to see burned down!) so we chose to go with a smaller wick.
Regardless, the rubber ring on the lid will melt with exposure to heat and can become difficult to remove.
Have you enjoyed a leisurely evening this summer outside with your family? I’d love for you to share it with me!
Want to see more of our outdoor projects? Here are all the details on our deck reveal,
and how we stained our wood deck.
You can also read about our budget friendly backyard patio ideas (which includes a practically free fire pit.)
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