That’s right. You can keep away the pesky mosquitoes while still adding on great ambiance to your backyard look for your next summer BBQ with this all natural solution: a DIY mason jar Citronella lantern! Sorry, no bugs to the party. So, here’s how to make mason jar citronella candle lanterns in under 10 steps.
1. Secure wire and chain to rims of jars.
2. Affix wicks to bottoms of jars using sturdy tape or hot glue.
3. Measure wax. Wax may come in bar form or flaked. Bear in mind, the volume of flaked wax will reduce to about one half when in solid form. 4. Melt wax. In a double boiler or a mixing bowl nestled atop a pot of boiling water, melt the wax. Once liquid, it will be clear and resemble olive oil.
5. Stir in the citronella oil. Add roughly three drops per cup of wax. 6. Add some color if you’d like. Better yet, make it patriotic! Stir in an old crayon or two in red, white, and blue shades. When adding color, be aware the cooled wax will be much paler than it appears in liquid form. 7. Pour wax into prepared jars. Use pencils to keep the wicks centered in the jars. 8. Trim the wicks. Once the citronella candles have cooled, trim them to half an inch or so from the surface of the candle.
Hang your mason jar lantern/insect repellent citronella candles off of any hook or hook-like fixture in your backyard. Around the patio could be a great touch as your crowd settles in for the night to watch the light show in the sky this upcoming July 4th. But really, it works great for any outdoor event.