Hosting an outdoor gathering this weekend or this summer? If you live in the south especially, you know the mosquitoes are already out in full force. Burning citronella torches or candles seems to be a common way at attempting to keep them away from your porch, backyard, or deck. So here’s a quick and easy solution and bonus – it uses mason jars which are sort of all the rage and highly available right now.
You can make your own tiki torch by using a jar, oil, and a wick. I saw the idea on Pinterest with no souce but it was pretty self explanatory.
I reused some old jelly jars that are actual mason jars and used tiki torch wicks although I think you could use a large candle wick as well. You could use anything from the vintage blue mason jars, they even have some pretty green mason jars out right now remade to look like the old vintage jars, or any glass jar you have around. You will also need a lid whether it is the lid that came on the jar or a ring and canning lid that you can buy in the canning section at any store. The oil was $5, the packs of wicks $2, and the jars I already had.
Use a hammer and nail to punch a hole in the lid and then keep punching holes to enlarge that hole until you have a hole big enough for the wick to go through. Or you can use a drill and a large drill bit.
Your holes may not be completely round or smooth and that is ok. They will be hidden by the wick and you want them to be tight enough so that the hole “holds” the wick and it doesn’t fall back into the jar.
Thred the wicks through the hole. I actually ended up cutting the wicks in half and they were plenty long enough.
Clean the labels off the jars if you are reusing jars. Fill with oil 1/2 – 3/4 full and screw the lid back on. Wait a few minutes for the oil to soak up the wick and light!
You can use these anywhere you need them – just be careful to place in areas where kids can not access them or people can’t accidently knock them over. I used them on our deck rail in areas where people weren’t sitting. But these could be used on tables or pretty much anywhere!
Not sure the oil is diffferent colors? It took that whole bottle of oil to fill 4 jars and it was a light blue color. Maybe the sun changed the colors? The below pictures were taken another day after we had burned these for 6 hours one evening and there was a good bit of oil left.
So fun and yet functional to provide light/ambiance and hopefully keep the mosquitoes at bay too.
Would you have ever thought to use mason jars as tiki torches?