For a quick and easy way to get rid of pesky mosquitoes this summer, try making these bug-repellent luminaries. They’re not only effective but also attractive!
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Natural Bug Repellent Luminaries
If you’ve lived in a warm climate near large bodies of water, you’ve encountered your fair share of mosquitoes. They can really rain on your parade and make gardening a chore.
(If you’re wondering what the mosquito outlook is for your area, you can find your forecast here.)
When it comes to getting rid of these blood-suckers, you usually have two choices:
- Slather a large dose of insect repellent over your skin, or
- Use candles, lamps, or this amazing (but expensive) device.
To avoid smelling like you dipped yourself in lemon balm, try making natural bug repellent luminaries!
You’ll only need a few, simple ingredients for this mason jar craft. Plus, it can double as pretty decor for your next outdoor dinner party.
- Large, wide-mouth mason jar
- Lemon or lime slices (or both!)
- 3-5 sprigs of rosemary
- Essential oil
- Floating candle
- Mason jar handle (optional)
Step 1: Prepare lemon slices and rosemary
To make one large mason jar luminary, you’ll need to slice 1 large lemon into pieces about 1/4-inch thick.
The thickness doesn’t really matter, but smaller slices help fill the jar and add more alternating layers of rosemary.
I cut stems from a living rosemary plant, but you can always find rosemary sprigs at a local grocery store if you don’t have a plant handy.
If you don’t like rosemary, you can try basil, mint, or lemon balm instead.
Step 2: Add water and essential oil to mason jar
Fill the mason jar about 3/4 of the way with water. Then, add 5-10 drops of essential oil. Adding a small amount of dish soap may help the oil and water to mix better if desired.
Essential Oil Options
Other options for essential oils include eucalyptus, thyme, lemongrass, rosemary, orange, peppermint, and tea tree oil.
When I originally made these bug repellent luminaries, I added the essential oil after the other ingredients. You can decide what works best for you.
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Step 3: Add alternating layers of citrus and rosemary
Once your water and oil are well mixed, add layers of lemon (or lime) and rosemary to your mason jar. You can add as much or as little as you like, depending on the size of your jar.
Step 4: Add water and a candle
After adding all ingredients, fill the mason jar with more water until it sits just below the lip.
Top with a floating candle to finish your luminary, and enjoy a pest-free afternoon in the great outdoors!
Note: Do not leave burning candles unattended.
Step 5: Add metal handle to luminary (optional)
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- Wide-mouth mason jar
- Lemon and/or lime slices
- 3-4 sprigs rosemary
- Essential oil
- Floating candle
- Cut lemon or lime into slices about 1/4-inch thick.
- Cut 3-4 sprigs of fresh rosemary.
- Add water to fill the mason jar about 3/4 full. Then, add 5-10 drops of essential oil and mix well. If desired, you can add a few drops of detergent to better mix the oil and water.
- Add alternating layers of the citrus slices and rosemary.
- Fill the jar with water until it reaches just below the lip of the mason jar.
- Add a floating candle.
- Optional: Attach a mason jar handle to make your luminary portable or hang it on a rope. Just be sure to use a flameless candle if hanging it on a rope.
These luminaries should last 2-3 days depending on weather conditions. Do not leave a burning candle unattended.
Essential oil options include lavender, eucalyptus, thyme, lemongrass, rosemary, orange, peppermint, and tea tree oil.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How long will mason jar luminaries last?
In good weather conditions, these luminaries will last 2-3 days. Always blow out the candle when not in use.
Can I use another citrus fruit besides lemon or lime?
Orange or grapefruit is another good option if the slices will fit in a mason jar.
Can I use a flameless LED floating candle?
Yes, you can find a good option here.