Keep those bugs away with these stylish DIY citronella candles. Don’t fret, these are a lot easier to make than they look! I made these for my Mom’s 50th birthday extravaganza. In a packed day involving a party bus, a vineyard, and a casino, my dad wanted the day to end back at their house. He gave my sister and I the reigns to setup the house. Knowing there might be a threat of mosquitos, I thought I should place some citronella candles around the outdoor space so our family would be comfortable and bug free. This was a chance to be creative and scrappy.
The idea for the wine bottle citronella candle came about when I saw that you could buy wine bottle torches to attach to your fence. They were way too expensive for what I had in mind, and I didn’t need it – I wanted it. So I thought I could try to make these myself, just cheaper. The best part about this is you get to buy a bottle of your favorite wine and drink it all. Finding materials to create the candle was a little more complex than I thought it would be. For the mason jars, we had a few left over from some things we made throughout the summer. I tried to mimic the coupler in the wine bottle.
You’re going to need a few different kinds of plumbing materials for this project. For the wine bottle, you’re going to need an extension bushing coupler (see link below). The wick is only 1/2″ wide, but a wine bottle opening (for the most part) is about 3/4″. I needed something that would satisfy both sizes. But for the mason jars, I went with a simple 1/2″ coupler (see link below). Teflon tape is very thin. It will allow you to adjust the snugness of the couplers. I found all of these at ACE Hardware.
- Wine Bottle
- Teflon Tape
- Coupler (Extension Bushing Fitting); 3/4″ x 1/2″
- Drink your wine, clean out the bottle, and remove the labels.
- Wrap a few layers of teflon tape around the wider base of the coupler.
- Insert into the top of the wine bottle. If the base is not snug, wrap more teflon tape around the base of the coupler.
- Remove coupler, fill with citronella tiki fluid, replace coupler, thread wick, and let sit for a few minutes.
- Light it up.
- Mason Jar
- Teflon Tape
- Drill with 9/16″ drill bit
- Drill hole in your mason jar lid (good idea to remove the lid before doing this). See my mason jar tumbler post about the best way to drill a hole in the lid.
- Wrap teflon tape around the bottom third of the coupler. The coupler will be very snug in the hole without the tape, so just a little bit of tape is needed.
- Fit coupler in to the newly created hole. Again, it’ll be snug, so use a bit of creative touch to get the coupler into the lid.
- Remove the lid, fill with tiki oil fluid, replace the lid, thread wick, and let sit for a few minutes to allow the wick to absorb the oil.
- Light it up.