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Summer Fresh In A Jar: DIY Bug Repellent Luminaries

Summer Fresh In A Jar:  DIY Bug Repellent Luminaries

Summer time is bug time.  Instead of using citronella oil, this all natural recipe, from A Little Claireification, uses fresh rosemary and citrus in a mason jar with essential oils. No chemicals in these luminaries! Thanks Claire for this recipe!

We love that these can help to ward off the bugs and they are just so beautiful as well!

So here is what you need to do to make these gorgeous, beautiful smelling designer table luminaries.

lemons and cutting board supplies

Supplies you will need:

3 or 4 Mason Jars (you can also recycle jelly jars, etc)

40 drops each ‚Äď Cedarwood, Lavender, Lemon and¬†Thieves essential oils (or use your own combination of oils, but these are known to help to repel the bugs). This equals TEN drops of each oil / jar.

2 fresh lemons

2 fresh limes

8 sprigs fresh rosemary


Floating tea light candles

To Assemble:

Line up the mason jars and add the following, (the order is not important):

Slice the lemons and the limes and set aside for a moment ‚Äď I like to have two each just in case but you can possibly use one each

cutting lemons 2

Place two sprigs of rosemary  into each jar

rosemary into jars

Fill each jar 3/4 full with water

pouring water

Add the essential oils of your choice ¬†‚Äď 10 drops each per jar ‚Äď and swirl slightly


Place a slice each of lemon and lime into each jar

dropping lemonsadding lemons

Add more water if needed to raise the level to almost full

blue jar single pretty3 white jars

Place a floating tea light candle on top

Set outside, light and make some magic once you light them*

Replace tea lights as needed ‚Äď I recommend having some extras on hand! Try different colours.

Discard fruit and liquid in jar after 2 ‚Äď 3 days depending on your climate; rinse jars and start fresh as needed

3 white jars basket

blue candles lit

Beautiful and easy to make, and so perfect for outdoor living. What do you think? Let us know how your luminaries designs turn out!

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