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Summer is in full swing and the mosquitoes are having a grand old time making meals of us!  My daughter and I are magnets for them and I don’t feel comfortable spraying chemicals on my little girl. But, we also love spending time outside enjoying the beautiful summer evenings. Here are some great DIY projects to keep your backyard free from mosquitoes and other flying biting insects.

Mason Jar Luminaries To Keep The Bugs At Bay

I was overjoyed when I found this DIY Bug Repellent Mason Jar Luminaries project from Sparkles to Sprinkles.  The mason jars really look gorgeous with a floating candle around the patio.

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What you’ll need:

10 drops Lemon Essential Oil

10 drops Lavender Essential Oil

10 drops Cedarwood Essential Oil

10 drops of Thieves Essential Oil

1 lemon

1 lime

2 Rosemary Sprigs

Floating Candles


Mason Jar


Slice lemon and lime and set aside.

Place rosemary sprigs inside mason jar and fill mason jar to rim with water.

Add essential oils and stir to mix.

Place floating candle and light it up!

Be sure to change out the water and essential oils weekly to keep up the potency of the bug repellent!

DIY Mason Jar Citronella Lanterns

Another great way to keep the bugs away is to make your own mason jar citronella lanterns.

What you’ll need:

Citronella Oil – Tiki Torch fuel is infused with citronella so you can use that but beware of high flames!

Mason Jars

Wicks (Select ones marked for jars and without a waxy coating)


Drill a hole in the lid of the mason jar.

Feed the wick through the hole.

Fill the mason jars with the citronella oil.

Screw on the mason jar lid and light her up!

Make Your Own Beeswax Citronella Candles

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Making your own candles sounds like a lot of work – there are double boilers involved! But, it’s actually quite easy. Here’s how to make your own beeswax citronella candles.

What you’ll need:

Double boiler (I use a saucepan and a glass bowl)


Cans, glasscontainers or small galvanized buckets

1 lb beeswax

1 cup coconut oil


Citronella essential oil

Hot glue gun to help keep the wick in place at the bottom of the container


Melt wax in the double boiler. Warm your oven.

Add coconut oil and citronella oil, stir well.  You’ll need around 80 drops per lb of beeswax. Turn off oven.

Slowly pour wax into metal bucket or glass jar that already has the wick glued to the bottom.

Place candles on a cookie sheet and into the turned off but still warm oven. Allow the candles to cool in the oven for a few hours to prevent cracking.

Remove candles from oven and allow to cure for 48 hours before lighting.

DIY Bug Spray

This easy-peasy DIY bug spray is safe and effective. All you have to do is combine the ingredients in a spray bottle, shake and apply!

What you’ll need:

Spray bottle

1/4 Apple cider vinegar

1/4 cup distilled water

15 drops Citronella essential oil

10 drops Rosemary essential oil

3 drops Lemongrass essential oil

10 drops Lavender essential oil

5 drops Eucalyptus essential oil