You can easily transform your standard citronella candles into lovely little bug repellents. All you need is a few bucket candles, a little patience, glue, glitter and twine!
Like most people, I have an extreme aversion to mosquitoes. Aside from swelling up like a balloon at the bite site, the mere sound of buzzing in my ear can send me running for the hills. Most bugs are granted a pardon in my home, but not mosquitoes. I always have a giant mason jar and piece of cardboard handy for catching and releasing creepy crawlers. But, when it comes to mosquitoes, I take the opposite approach: get them before they get me.
When I am sitting outside on a warm summer night, the last thing I want to be doing is swatting and smacking mosquitoes away. Ironically, I do tend to feel bad, especially if I accidentally squish one. Each spring, I start stock piling citronella candles and bug spray in preparation of the upcoming warmer weather. I figure my passive aggressive approach will let them know I mean business, and I’m not on the menu tonight.
My local hardware store was having a great sale on citronella candles and I decided to pick up quite a few. When I brought them home, my daughter commented on how
ugly, plain they were. Maybe my passion for bug repellent caused me to make a small lapse in judgement. They really weren’t very attractive, not in the least.
As I stared at my ugly bucket candles, I wondered if I could jazz them up a bit? I knew they weren’t going to last long at the rate that I burn them, but maybe my daughter was right. Maybe they could use a little sparkle. I quickly and easily decorated these run of the mill citronella candles with sharpie, clear craft glue, glitter and jute twine. In a just few minutes, they were dry and ready to keep the mosquitoes at bay.
DECORATING CITRONELLA CANDLES
- Citronella bucket candle
- Clear glue
- Sharpie fine point marker (black)
- Jute Twine
Step 1: Remove any stickers and glue residue from the candle. Make sure it is dry. Draw any shape you like on the bucket. I chose stars.
Step 2: Fill your shape in with clear craft glue. Fill in one at a time and sprinkle with glitter.
Step 3: After all shapes are filled in and completely dry, wrap jute around the top. Tie in a knot and tie on a jute bow.