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Citronella Candles And Luminaries

By: Laurie Westfall

"My 10 year old granddaughter and I made these with items we saved and found in my "STASH". We used recycled wine bottles,glass food jars, tissue paper,white glue,rope,oil lamp wicks,citronella oil,candles, paint brush, hot glue gun and glue sticks. We picked the colors we wanted and tore tissue into pieces.Then we painted white glue in small areas and attached the tissue painting a layer of glue over it. After they were dry the rope was added using a hot glue gun and then filled with citronella or a candle. We intend to use them on our garden patio this summer."

Primary TechniqueMixed Media


Materials List

  • Recycled wine and glass food jars
  • Assorted tissue paper
  • White glue
  • Paint brush
  • Rope
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Oil lamp wick
  • Citronella oil (for wine bottle)
  • Candle (foe luminaries)


  1. Wash and dry recycled bottles and jars.

  2. Choose tissue paper colors and tear into random pieces.

  3. With a paint brush, add white glue to a small area at a time to place the tissue. Making sure all edges are glued down.Paint a small amount of glue over the tissue to blend.

  4. Allow the project to dry.

  5. Hot glue rope to the top of the project. Use what you have in your stash. Ribbon, yarn etc.

  6. Fill bottles with citronella oil and top off with the oil lamp wick. Simply add a candle to the luminary jar.

  7. Light and enjoy your back yard with family without those pesky bugs.

NotesThese are not intended to be used inside. The pictures were taken inside because our weather has been very cold and windy here in Ohio.

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