An easy tutorial for making DIY Citronella Candles with herbs for your summer outdoor entertaining. They smell wonderful, and repel mosquitoes + flying pests naturally.
You all know how I feel about herbs…I love them. I love candles too, and these citronella herb floating candles are the perfect blend of both. Not only do they keep the bugs away, they look and smell just lovely, and no candle making skills are needed! I can’t decide what makes me happier…their scent, or how pretty they looked lined up on my table. They make spending time outdoors pleasant and bug-free.
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What You Need for 4 Candles
- Gather 4 quart size mason jars and 4 floating candles.
- Harvest fresh herbs. Rosemary, basil, thyme, mint, and bay leaf are perfect. Eucalyptus and lavender are good additions as well.
- Cut one lemon into slices and one lime into quarters. (Each jar gets two slices of lemon and one lime wedge.)
Assemble your citronella candles in the following order:
- Herbs. These go in the bottom of the jar.
- Add water. (Fill to an inch below the lid rings.)
- Add 20 drops of essential oil.
- Gently stir the water and essential oil together.
- Add one lime wedge.
- Add two lemon slices.
- Place the floating candle on top. (Double check that the wick is in good shape before adding the candle to the jar.)
Suggestions for Supplies
- It’s best to use wide mouth mason jars because they allow room for a bigger candle. Any kind of clear bowl or pitcher can also be used.
- The best essentials oils to use in these citronella candles are citronella oil, lemongrass, peppermint oil, and eucalyptus.
- Fresh herbs work best: rosemary, basil, lavender, mint, cilantro, or thyme.
How Long Do These Candles Last?
These DIY homemade citronella candles last for about 3 days before the herbs and citrus start to go bad. If you make them up on Friday, they will last for the entire weekend.
How Do You Dispose of These Candles?
Pour the jar contents down the garbage disposal (a little at a time) and put the glass jars in the dishwasher. (Not the candle of course!)
Remove the candle. Drain the water from the jar. Place the remaining jar contents in the trash. Put the jars in the dishwasher.
These mosquito repellent candles add the prettiest ambiance to any outdoor deck or patio, and they take just a few minutes to put together. The natural ingredients in these candles let you avoid bug sprays, and they keep the insects away. If you don’t have herbs of your own, just pick them up in the produce area of your grocery store, when you’re shopping for the lemons and limes!
More Ideas for Using Fresh Herbs
- 10 Ways to Use Rosemary
- Rosemary Parmesan Chicken
- Simple Arrangements Using Herbs & Garden Flowers
- Best Herbal Tea Recipes