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Coastal DIY- Floating Bug Repellent Candles

Enjoy your Summer nights with the help of scented glass jars topped with floating candles that keep bugs away.  This easy DIY gives your lemon and orange peels a second life. Citronella essential oil, which you can find at your local health food store, and a few floating candles from the dollar store creates a really chic outdoor candle that  keeps annoying insects from bugging you.

Let's put your jars together:

  • Fill the jars with citrus and herbs to create a beautiful scent bugs hate. Bugs don't care for the smell of lemon, orange, cinnamon, lavender, or rosemary. Cut your citrus and herbs into two-inch sections so they don't bunch the top of jars and overturn the floating candle.
  • After placing items in the jars, add 20 to 30 drops of the citronella essential oil, and then top with hot water around 100˚F, which will develop the scent. For fun you can add a drop of food coloring or superfine glitter to make them sparkle.  Allow the water to cool before taking outdoors.
  • Float a citronella-, rosemary-, or vanilla-scented candle at the top of the jar and light. The finished candles look awesome at night and are wonderfully safe for small areas.
  • But we did find you need quite a few bunched together to really keep some bugs from visiting. So make a collection, arrange them around your patio, and sit back and enjoy the glow — and your bug-free outdoors!

Summertime DIY that's so fun, easy and coastal chic. Floating bug repellent candles perfect for outdoor coastal summer nights.

DIY Credit:

Bug Repellent Candles by Pop Sugar

Nest Of Posies Summertime Floating Candles

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