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Make Your Own Citronella Oil Candles

The following is a post from contributing writer Lana.

I’m not sure about you, but we have had a record amount of rain this year.  With rain brings bugs, i.e. mosquitoes.  We love to be by the poolside  without having to wear bug repellent so we took matters into our own hands.

We made our own citronella candles that were pretty and could be used as a centerpiece.


  • Pretty bottle (We used an Oil Drizzle $2.99 and a Cruet $1.99 from Target.)
  • Tiki Wicks (Lowes – $2.99 for 2)
  • Marbles (Free, leftover from a Birthday party.)
  • Citronella Oil ($4.97 for 50 Fluid Oz, we used  less than 1/4 of it.)
  • Scissors or PVC cutter
  • Foil


    1. Place marbles at the bottom of your bottle.  (This is the part that my daughter loved.)
    2. Fit the Tiki wicks into the bottle.

    1. Cut the wick short with either scissors or PVC cutter.

DIY Citronella Oil Candles

  1. Fill bottle with oil.  Be sure to wipe off any spills well.
  2. Wrap the wick with foil so the flame will not enter the bottle.


As with all fire, use extreme caution.  I would not recommend using a glass that could break with extreme heat.  Our wick was wrapped with foil so the heat was away from the glass. Be aware that extreme temperatures in glass can cause breakage or explosion.

These candles should not to be used inside the house or by children.  Don’t leave the candle unattended for any length of time,  and do not allow the wick to touch the glass.  I, nor The Happy Housewife, will be held liable for any accidents.

Other ideas:

  • Use a mason jar, wine or a beer bottle.
  • Use different color oils.
  • Remember a trip to the beach by adding seashells, fish rocks, sand or sea glass.
  • Dominoes would be cute addition in the bottle for game nights.

More fun DIY projects:

More posts from Lana

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  1. The colorful marbles make them look so pretty! What a neat idea!

  2. Heidi Benson says:

    This is such a cool idea!!! We have had a lot of rain too so I will have to do this as well.

  3. mosquito candle

  4. virginia says:

    like the marble idea, game nite and sea items.
    i have a bag of dice from old games to use.
    love your site

  5. here it is

  6. where did you buy the64 oz of citronella oil

  7. Jessamae jibe says:

    Citronella candles rocks…it smells good..pure citronella oils available online shops..

  8. I have made the mason jar ones. Now I would like a creative idea for a cap to cover the wicks for unexpected rain. I don’t bring mine in everynight and really have no place to store them if I did.

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