How to make citronella lanterns

Herbs, citrus and candle in a jar | How to make citronella lanterns | Tesco Living

Send bugs packing and light up alfresco summer nights with this easy Mason jar idea.

You will need

  • Mason jars or large screw-top glass jars
  • Citronella essential oil (or try lemon eucalyptus oil)
  • Oranges
  • Lemons
  • Sprigs of rosemary, thyme, mint, bay
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Warm water
  • Tea-light candles
  • Knife
  • Chopping board
Citronella bug repellent jar ingredients | How to make citronella lanterns | Tesco Living

Step 1

Peel the oranges and lemons and cut a few slices of each. Roughly tear the fresh herbs and gently scrunch them to release their aroma and natural oils.

Orange rind and herbs on a table | How to make citronella lanterns | Tesco Living

Step 2

Pop the peel, slices, cinnamon sticks and herbs into the jar and gently pour warm water over the top, making sure to cover the ingredients.

Orange rind and herbs in a jar | How to make citronella lanterns | Tesco Living

Step 3

Add a few drops of citronella essential oil, screw the lid onto the jar, then gently shake to help mix the ingredients together.

Orange rind herbs and water in jar | How to make citronella lanterns | Tesco Living

Step 4

Remove the lid – you should get a delicious scent of fresh, citrusy herbs that bugs hate – then top with a tea light candle.

Candle floating in citronella jar | How to make citronella lanterns | Tesco Living

Step 5

Light the candle and place on your garden table to deter pesky critters while you’re hosting a summer garden party.

Candle, water, herbs and citrus in a jar | Citronella lanterns | Tesco Living

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