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Thursday, May 22, 2014

citronella mason jars {tutorial}

Oh how I love my backyard. It's private, shady, and has tons of greenery since it backs up to the woods. The downside to the woods is the awful mosquitoes {whomp whomp}.

But remember when I bought those fabulous blue mason jars for Jake's end of the year teacher gifts? Well, I had a little something else in mind for the leftover jars...

These are fabulous and so simple to make!

Start with some regular mason jars. I'm super keen on these blue ones, but I've also seen some fabulous green ones at Michael's lately!

Also grab some thick wicks. These bad boys came from Old Time Pottery {talk about a random find!}. Six wicks for $1.99!
And snatch up a bottle of citronella. You should be able to find it at any home improvement store. This is the same stuff used in tiki torches.

I had my dear hubby use a 3/8ths bit to drill a hole in the top of the jar lid. 

Be careful doing this! The metal lids are sharp. J.B. cut the dickens out of his hand. Don't worry, he lived to tell the tale.

After pouring the citronella into the jars, stick a wick down in and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. This will allow for the citronella to soak up through the wick. 

And finally, light 'em up!

I'm super impressed with how slowly the citronella actually burns down. I've used my jars for several hours already and can barely tell a difference in the volume in the jar.

And thus far, they've worked! No bug bites from my late night book club out on the deck last night.
Awesome summer time DIY project!

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