I’m not sure about you, but we have had a record amount of rain this year. With rain brings bugs, i.e. mosquitoes. We love to be by the poolside without having to wear bug repellent so we took matters into our own hands.

Time: 10Minutes Cost: $15.00 Difficulty: Easy

We made our own citronella candles that were pretty and could be used as a centerpiece.


  • Pretty bottle (We used an Oil Drizzle $2.99 and a Cruet $1.99 from Target.)
  • Tiki Wicks (Lowes – $2.99 for 2)
  • Marbles (Free, leftover from a Birthday party.)
  • Citronella Oil ($4.97 for 50 Fluid Oz, we used  less than 1/4 of it.)
  • Scissors or PVC cutter
  • Foil


Place marbles at the bottom of your bottle.  (This is the part that my daughter loved.)

Fit the Tiki wicks into the bottle.

Cut the wick short with either scissors or PVC cutter.

DIY Citronella Oil Candles


Fill bottle with oil.  Be sure to wipe off any spills well.

Wrap the wick with foil so the flame will not enter the bottle.


As with all fire, use extreme caution.  I would not recommend using a glass that could break with extreme heat.  Our wick was wrapped with foil so the heat was away from the glass. Be aware that extreme temperatures in glass can cause breakage or explosion.

These candles should not to be used inside the house or by children.  Don’t leave the candle unattended for any length of time,  and do not allow the wick to touch the glass.  I, nor Pikidilly.com, will be held liable for any accidents.

Other ideas:

  • Use a mason jar, wine or a beer bottle.
  • Use different color oils.
  • Remember a trip to the beach by adding seashells, fish rocks, sand or sea glass.
  • Dominoes would be cute addition in the bottle for game nights.

Material I used for this project:

  • Bottle   (Target)
  • Tiki Wicks   (Lowe's)
  • Marbles   (Wal Mart)
  • Citronella Oil   (Wal Mart)