Bugs buzzing around your head can ruin a great camping trip in no time flat! In the past, our only defense against mosquitos and flies has been spraying ourselves with chemicals that probably aren't very healthy to ingest. But with this fun, easy craft, you can make DIY Citronella Candles to place around your campsite or backyard patio to ward off these pesky, disease-carrying insects. No more spraying yourself with greasy bug sprays, just set out one of these lovely jars, light it, and watch the bugs skeedaddle.
Not only are mosquitos annoying, but they carry a ton of diseases too, including malaria, heartworm, different types of encephalitis, West Nile Virus, and much more! Recently there have been cases of the Zika virus being spread by these nasty little creatures in Florida! These diseases can range from mild to life threatening, so they're nothing to mess around with. And if you're traveling with your furry friend, one mosquito bite can give your pup heartworms, which can be life threatening. These citronella jars help keep insects away from your campsite altogether, keeping your pet protected too.
These jars are super easy to make and refillable! They burn slowly and emit a lot of scent to keep those flying pests away. You can knock out quite a few of these in just a short time.
What You'll Need:
Some of the supplies listed below might already be in your tool box or junk drawer. Hit the craft and hardware stores for anything you don't have!
Mason jars with tops
Citronella-scented tiki torch fuel
Lamp wicks (1/8” thick)
Putting Them Together:
Step 1: Place the tops of your mason jars on a hard surface (piece of wood) and punch a center hole in them using a hammer and nail. Make sure the hole is large enough that you can get the wick through it. Also, punch the hole from the outside in so the sharp will point down into the jar.
Step 2: Thread the wick through the hole in the lid. Once the wick has reached the bottom of the jar, trim the top of it so it sticks out about 1/8th of an inch.
Step 3: Fill the jars with the torch fuel and put your lid on. The wick will start to absorb the fuel and will burn nicely once lit.
That’s it! You’re all ready to light them! Place a few around your campsite to help keep mosquitos and flies away from you and your food, like this delicious Campfire Meatloaf. Enjoy all that the RV lifestyle has to offer without the annoying buzzing sound around your head!