How to make your own mosquito repelling citronella candles

Citronella Mason Jar Candles

It’s a beautiful, balmy night. You decide to sit out and do a little star gazing. Wonderful… until the mosquitoes find you! Human skin is a myriad jumble of fragrances. The bacteria living on our skin emit more than 200 odor chemicals. Mosquitoes are drawn to those odors.

That’s why they swarm your barbecues and evening porch-sitting, invade your home, whine, and buzz incessantly in your ears.

Solution? Make mosquito-repelling citronella candles!

This little DIY project makes use of citronella. From backyard barbecues to public outdoor areas, citronella torch fuel is one of the most effective ways to repel mosquitoes while providing ambient light!

DIY Mason Jar Citronella Oil Candles

Just another wonderful use for mason jars, too! But these citronella candles can also be made with any other glass jar with a lid – even your empty coffee or jam jars!

Make some now and add them to your patio or deck! The bonus is that the subtle candlelight adds to the ambiance without interfering with your stargazing 🙂


  • Mason Jars (or any glass jars with lid and ring)
  • Citronella Torch Fuel
  • 1/8″ Lamp Wicks
  • Duct Tape (small amount)


  • Nail Punch
  • Phillips Screwdriver or Nail
  • Hammer

Click on any image to start lightbox display. Use your Esc key to close the lightbox. You can also view the images as a slideshow if you prefer  8-)

Thanks to Marty’s Musings for this great project. You can get step-by-step instructions here

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