The last two days were like Summer’s already here and I’m loving it. I’ve been outside in the garden almost non-stop, pottering around, pulling weeds, enjoying the sunshine, hanging out with cat Lola, knitting, and in the evening: cooking up some really nice meals. The only downside that comes with this weather: the mosquitoes. They always seem to like me better than Thomas (or Lola). So today, without even browsing my Make and Mend Monday board, I knew exactly what I wanted to make today: this anti mosquito candle!
It’s a glass jar filled with water, herbs, and essential oils with a floating candle on top. When you light the candle it will warm up the water making the jar effectively a scented candle that will (hopefully) repel the mosquitoes. I couldn’t find any floating candles at my local home goods store but I do already have a lot of tea lights. I figured I could make some kind of hanging contraption to hang the tea light in the water instead of using a floating candle.
Here’s what I used:
- glass jar
- large tea light
- foam (for table protection)
I pierced four holes in the aluminum casing of the tea light…
…I tried to pierce holes as close to the top of the casing as possible.
Then I cut four pieces of wire…
…I didn’t like the green coating on the wire for this project. I stripped it off by cutting into the plastic with scissors and then pulling it off…
…resulting in four naked wires.
I attached each wire to the aluminum casing, trying to tie it as neatly as I could.
When I had attached all four wires I used measuring tape to make sure I bent all wires at the same length…
…using these small pliers.
Then, I hung the the tea light in the jar to check whether it was level…
…and then I used the pliers to shape the ends of the wire.
That was it! My little plan had worked!
The tutorial says to use rosemary, mint, lime and citronella oil. I didn’t have any citronella oil but I did have lavender oil and that repels mosquitoes as well.
I put the herbs and slices of lime in the jar, filled it with water…
…and added a few drops of lavender oil.
Then all I had to do was light it:
I really like how pretty this looks in the wire basket!
Bonus: when I’m not using the candle I can just close it with the lid!
I’m armed and ready for summer!