Love the 4th of July, America, but not the bugs that are prominently buzzing around your head this time of year? Boom! We have the solution for you! Don’t let another B-B-Q, pool party, or night porch sitting be ruined ever again!
These red, white, and blue candles are used with such scents that will keep the bugs away from your precious skin, and the food you’re trying to eat. AND, this craft is easy, and inexpensive enough, that you can throw them together RIGHT NOW!
- 2 pounds rice
- Red food coloring
- Blue food coloring
- Lemongrass, lemon eucalyptus, or citronella essential oil
- 3 small bowls
- 2 sheet trays
- Parchment paper
- 4 small glass votives
- 4 tea candles
- Rubber gloves (optional)
- Before you start creating the red, white and blue rice, place a sheet tray over your work area to protect counters from getting stained with food coloring. Now would be the time to put on the rubber gloves, if you choose. Distribute the rice between three bowls evenly. Add the red food coloring to one bowl, and the blue coloring to another. Use a spoon to mix and distribute the color in each bowl.
- Now add five to 10 drops of the essential oil to each bowl of rice. Stir it up to coat the rice with the oil. This is the scent that will keep the bugs away but smells relatively nice to us.
- Take the rice bowls off the sheet pan, and cover the pan with parchment paper. Scoop all of the red rice onto the covered pan, and spread evenly to create a layer of rice. Rub the grains together with rubber-gloved hands to ensure grains are totally color coated. Do the same on the other sheet pan with the blue rice.
- Place the two sheet pans in a 200˚F oven to warm for one hour. This will bake the color into the rice.
- Allow the rice to cool. Scoop the blue rice into the base of the glass votive, putting equal amounts in each container.
- Now add the white rice to the glasses on top of the blue rice, and then add the red. Leave two inches at the top of the votives. Center a tea light in the center of the red layer.
You’re done! Let us know how it turns out! Happy Fourth of July!