Make Your Own Citronella Bucket Candles

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You’ve probably already discovered that there are some pests at your summer parties that you didn’t invite.  No, I’m not talking about your daughter’s friends or your mother-in-law.  I’m talking about the mosquitoes that gnaw at us while we are trying to enjoy our meal and our company.  They can end the party really quickly and that’s when we start relocating to the air-conditioned house and onto the couches.  Sure, we might love staying inside during the peak hours of the afternoon, when temperatures are above 90 degrees, but as the sun is setting, it is the best time to sit outside.  However, it is also feeding time for our enemies.  Bug spray only works temporarily and haven’t we all wondered if they actually like the scent of the spray? It seems that they are more attracted to us after we already doused ourselves with the bad-smelling repellant.  Sitting beside a fire works to keep them away, but we can only last for so long before the smoke gets to us.

Citronella candles are our best bet and we should never set up a table without them.  The best part about them is that they smell good and they can serve as a cute decoration, or even a centerpiece to keep your table cloth from blowing away.  My favorite kind are the ones made in cute, little buckets.  They have a nautical and authentic, vintage look to them.  Many times, we take the easy route and buy some at a store, but what we do not realize is that the candle might just be “citronella scented,” which means that it most likely does not have the natural citronella to repel the mosquitoes.  It’s a great craft and a useful one that is relatively easy to do.  You can make them however you like to match your outdoor decor!

Click here for step-by-step instructions.

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