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How to Make DIY Mason Jar Citronella Candles

How to Make DIY Mason Jar Citronella Candles

Don’t let the mosquitos and bugs ruin your summertime fun! You can make your own homemade Citronella Candles right at home with a few supplies! 

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!

How to Make Mason Jar Citronella Candles

How to make your own DIY Mason Jar Citronella Candles:

Supplies needed to create your own Mason Jar Citronella Candles (with affiliate links)

How to Make Mason Jar Citronella Candles

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.

How to Make Mason Jar Citronella Candles

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.

How to Make Mason Jar Citronella Candles
What should I do if I am 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.

Is there a natural solution to get rid of pesky mosquitoes that I can use?

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.

How long will I get a nice glow from my candles?

The rule of thumb is 1 hour of burning time per 1 oz of fuel.

Good luck!

DIY Citronella Candles

DIY Citronella Candles

Yield: 1 mason jar citronella candle
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Difficulty: easy
Estimated Cost: $5
Don't let the mosquitos and bugs ruin your summertime fun! You can make your own homemade Citronella Candles right at home with a few supplies! 

Materials

  • * Tiki Torch replacement wicks or 1/8" candle wicks,
  • * A Mason Jar with lid,
  • * Citronella

Tools

  • a screwdriver and hammer or a dremel

Instructions

    1. 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!
    2. Just keep in mind if you do this, to remove the rubber stopper.
    3. 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.
    4. Pull your wick through the hole, fill the jar with citronella and voila! A DIY Mason Jar Citronella Candle!

Notes

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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