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DIY Citronella Candles with Herbs

Easy tutorial for making DIY Citronella Candles with herbs for your summer outdoor entertaining. They smell wonderful and repel mosquitoes naturally.

diy citronella candles in mason jars

You all know how I feel about herbs…I love them. Since my herb garden is growing like crazy, I have been using the herbs for all sorts of things. My latest obsession is with these citronella herb floating candles. Not only do they keep the bugs away, they look and smell just lovely. I can’t decide what makes me happier…their scent or how pretty they looked lined up on my table. They are the perfect addition to any outdoor space. 

ingredients for diy citronella candles

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How to make DIY Citronella Candles Candles:

  • Gather quart size mason jars and floating candles. (Tip: wide mouth jars allow room for a bigger candle.)
  • Harvest fresh herbs. Rosemary, basil, thyme and lavender work well.
  • Cut a lemon into slices and a lime into wedges. (Each jar gets two slices of lemon and one lime wedge.)

assembly of diy citronella candles bug off essential oilFill the jars in this order:

  1. Herbs. (I used a large sprig of rosemary, 3 basil leaves and a few stems of lavender.)
  2. Water. (fill to an inch below the lid rings.)
  3. 20 drops of essential oil. I used BUG OFF from Rocky Mountain Oils. You can also use pure citronella oil or lemongrass oil.
  4. One lime wedge.
  5. Two lemon slices.
  6. Floating candle.

diy citronella candles in mason jars with lemon slices

These DIY 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. For easy clean-up, just dump the jar contents down the garbage disposal and put the jars in the dishwasher. (Not the candle of course!)

diy citronella candles assembled and lit

These DIY citronella candles add the prettiest touch and take just a few minutes to put together. If you don’t have herbs of your own, just pick them up in the produce area of your grocery store. 

Thank you for stopping by and spending part of your day with me. If you consider Memorial Day the beginning of summer, and Labor Day the end, we are at the halfway mark. I dare say the second half of this summer will fly by…so get out there and enjoy it! 

More Ideas for Using Fresh Herbs

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