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DIY Citronella Candle

I love spending this time of year in the backyard as much as possible, but I do not want to get eaten alive either! Try these super simple and pretty Citronella candles that will keep the pests at bay.


  • Lime
  • A large lemon –
  • Sprig of rosemary
  • Citronella Esssential oil
  • Floating candles 
  • Water
  • Mason Jar



    1. Slice up the lemon and lime.You want the lemon slices to be at least the width of the jar so that they can be wedged into it. If you weren’t able to find lemons that big, try slicing them lengthwise.
    2. Add 2 lemon slices to the mason jar, pushing them down to the bottom of the jar. You want it to be tight. Otherwise they will rise to the top when you add the water and it will be really hard to get your candle to stay flat.
    3. Add 2 slices of lime to the mason jar.
    4.  Add a spring of rosemary that reaches almost to the top of the jar.It should be long enough that you can wedge it in there with the lemon. But you don’t want it to go all the way to the top because it will interfere with your candle placement
    5.  Fill the mason jar most of the way up with water.If the fruit rises to the top, push them down so that the lemons get wedged against the sides. If you can’t make them stay, you probably need some bigger lemons.
    6.  Add a few drops of the citronella essential oil.
    7.  Drop in your floating candle and you are ready to start repelling mosquitoes.

    *If you keep them refrigerated, they will last for 5 to 7 days before you need to replace the ingredients.

More information can be found at From House To Home

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