So mosquitos in Nashville this summer have been ridiculous! Like every evening we’ve spent outside the following day I'm coating myself in aerosol Benadryl .(Yes it exists, yes it’s the best ever cause you don’t have to touch what you want to scratch so badly, and yes it works great!
So in my war against getting eaten my Mom sent me this photo that’s been floating around, of citronella torches gone cute.
No real directions though, so here’s my take.
Mason Jars - from my collection. I HAD to buy some of the reissue Blue Ball ones too though. (6 for $9.99)
Cotton String to use as wick – This was the tough part, I looked a Michaels and the ‘real’ wicking was like $20 for a small spool, after some searching I found cotton string/twine at Lowe’s for $3
Citronella & Cedar Torch Fuel – Easy to find most stores with an outdoor section around $10
Standard Screw Driver – to punch hole in the lid
Pliers or Tweezers – to pick up the wick out of the fuels
1. Make the wicks – the cotton string draws up the citronella oil, the larger the wick the more flame. So to make my wicks I cut many lengths of the string, then braided them together. I made them much longer than the height of the mason jars so they last longer. Rather than knotting them I took a scrap string and tied it, a knot would have difficulty going through the small hole.
2. Punch the hole for the wick – With the top on the mason jar carefully press the screwdriver through the lid, making a small hole, you can adjust it to the size of your wick later.
3. Wicks - Place wicks in the jars fill up with some citronella, I only filled mine up a third of the way to start. Let the wicks dunk in the oil then fish them out with the pliers and push through the lids so the braid is secure in the top.