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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

Best West Coastal Pet Friendly Vacation Spots

1. Seattle, WA. On Lake Washington, the 9-acre Warren Magnuson Dog Park, fully fenced retreat is Seattle’s one off-leash park that also gives dogs access to the water. There’s beautiful scenery to be enjoyed along the park’s shoreline trail.

2. Long Beach, WA. Dogs have the run of the town’s beach. 

3. Cannon Beach, OR. An enchanting little cedar-shaked town has abundant pet-friendly hotels and eateries where dogs are welcome at outdoor tables. For a fun frolic with your pooch, head for the secluded northernmost stretch of Cannon Beach, across the knee-deep mouth of Ecola Creek. 

4. Mendocino, CA. With numerous local parks and restaurants that go way beyond merely allowing dogs. They welcome them openly and this is why there are so many dog-friendly beach towns on the rocky, rugged coast. 

5. Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA. Welcome to Monterey Bay’s pooch paradise. 

6. Cambria, CA. At Cambria Shores Inn watch the ocean from Adirondack chairs on the lawn with your pup by your side.

7. Morro Bay, CA. Beach bungalows and generous portions of  crispy fish and chips from Giovanni's Fish Market with picnic tables by the bay. Let your dog lay in the shade by the bay with tasty treats.

8. Santa Barbara, CA. A private rock-rimmed wading pool. Camp Run-a-Muk day camp. It’s all at the Hearst Castle of kennels, Camp Canine. While you’re out enjoying Santa Barbara’s pleasures, rest assured your dog is having a good time too. Maybe a better time.

9. Huntington Beach, CA. Dogs hang 10 at the annual September Surf City Surf Dog Contest held in Orange County’s surf capital.

Beautiful seaside West Coast vacation spots to bring Fido to. Best Pet friendly coastal vacation places to visit.

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Best Dog Friendly West Coastal Vacation Spots

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