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August 15, 2019 | By RJS Craft Winemaking

DIY Citronella Candles

Don’t let those biting buggers and pesky mosquitos ruin your outdoor fun or your outdoor ambiance this summer. Put your used wine bottles to work with DIY Citronella Candles. This fun DIY craft is a great use of your used wine bottles that serve as a two-in-one function- becoming apart of your outdoor décor and keeping the bites at bay.

The Citronella in our candles works by masking scents that are attractive to insects namely carbon dioxide and lactic acid in humans. The benefit of using citronella as mosquito repellent, is that it is safe and non-toxic to humans and animals (and even the insects).

Here’s how to get started with WINE BOTTLE CITRONELLA CANDLES:


  • Glass wine bottles
  • 1/2-inch replacement torch wicks
  • 1/2-inch x 3/8-inch copper coupling with stop
  • 1/2-inch copper tube cap
  • 1/2-inch teflon tape
  • 1-2 bags of marbles (I found mine at the dollar store!)
  • Tiki fuel
  • 1/2-inch funnel


Place 1-2 bags of marbles in the bottom of your wine bottle. Small rocks work well too, just be sure you put something in the bottom of your bottle to keep the wick from falling through

Wrap the 1/2-inch (wider) end of your coupling with teflon tape so it will fit snuggly into the mouth of the bottle

The idea is to wrap just a bit more than you’ll need so you can press it down into place after you fill the bottle with torch fluid. Set the wrapped coupling in place but don’t press down firmly just yet.

Remove the wrapped coupling and slide the replacement wick through, leave about 1/2″ of the wick sticking out of the top to light.

Place your funnel in the mouth of the bottle and carefully add your torch fluid. You don’t need a funnel for this step, but it drastically reduces the amount of torch fluid that spills on the outside of your bottle. Be sure not to fill the bottle all the way full so that when you place the wick in it won’t overflow.

Add your wick and press in on the teflon tape so the coupling makes a tight fit. Keep the copper cap on when the torch is not in use so the wick stays dry.

Enjoy a mosquito free evening!

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