These easy and inexpensive DIY citronella candles are easy to make, look adorable in mason jars and help get rid of bugs! Perfect summer craft!
Summer is the perfect time for outdoor projects!
I love finding ways to decorate my home on the outside that don’t cost a lot of money!
Just as with the inside, I shop yard sales and thrift stores, finding decorative elements and unique pots for my plants.
Honestly, though? I really don’t like digging in the dirt much. I love the finished look of beautiful plants but dirt under the nails? Not so much!
But like many other things, I do it because I love the result!
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.
How to Make Citronella Candles
Notes about this DIY project:
- Citronella oil is a plant-based insect repellant.
- Use mason jars or repurposed glass jars for containers.
- Baby food jars make excellent small candles for display.
- Pint sized jars are the perfect size for decks, porches and yard.
- Jars can be decorated if desired.
- Perfect for housewarming gifts or new neighbors.
- Exercise caution when burning and don’t leave unattended.
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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.
Step 3: Fill jar with citronella torch fuel.
This is the citronella torch fuel we use and love.
Step 4: Screw on the lid and ring and pull the wick through. That’s it!
The citronella 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.
A smaller wick will give you a smaller flame!
Regardless, the rubber outer ring on the lid will melt with exposure to heat and may become difficult to remove. Let it cool before replacing and keep extra lids on hand!
For your safety, don’t leave citronella candles unattended!
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.)