DIY: How to Make Your Own Wine Bottle Tiki Torches

Monday, May 13, 2013

The alternate titles for this blog post? How to Keep Mosquitos Away or... What to Do with All Those Leftover Wine Bottles...

I've always heard that those Tiki torches do a great job keeping the yard mosquito free... but, personally, I'm not a fan of the "tiki torch" style. I wanted something a little more fun without feeling like I needed to serve roasted pig for dinner.  I first saw these over at my friend Heather's house and knew I had to make them... They're easy, she said. And, boy was she right. Start to finish? 10 minutes... tops.

Here we go...

Step One:

Most of your materials can be found in the plumbing department of your local hardware store:

1. 1/2" Copper Cap  2. 1/2" x 3/8" Copper Coupling  3. Ceiling Flange  4. Hex Nuts (for a 3/8" rod)  5. 3/8" Zinc Plated  Threaded Rod 6. Tiki Replacement Wick  7. 1" Split Ring Hanger  8. Teflon Tape  9. Wood Screws  10. Empty Wine Bottle

Step Two:
Screw the threaded rod onto the ceiling flange (my threaded rod is 4.5" long)

Step Three:
Screw your hex nuts onto the threaded rod - one should go all the way down to the bottom to secure the ceiling flange, the other goes 1/2" from the top

Step Four:

Now thread the split ring hanger onto the rod, and tighten the hex nut (the one at the top) so it's snug against the split ring hanger.

Step Five:

Use your Teflon tape to wrap around the wider part of the coupling. This will help keep it snug in the empty bottle.

Step Six:

Your wick should fit nicely in the coupling (and it will tighten even more once it's soaked with tiki fuel)

Step Seven:

Now use your wood screws to attach that ceiling flange onto your fence. Keep in mind where the flame will be - make sure your flame won't be too close to anything flamable!

Step Eight:

Now fill the bottle with tiki fluid. Here's a trick Heather's husband, Bob, came up with. Fill the bottom of your bottle with water and the add the tiki fuel. The oil will rise to the top and you can fill less of the bottle with the fuel (the wick only goes partway down).

Then put the bottle inside the split ring hanger and tighten the little screws to hold the bottle tight. Let the wick soak up the tiki fuel and then your ready to light it. When the evening's over, use that copper cap to put out the flame. I would leave the cap on when not in use.

That's it... total cost is less than $5 and now you have a really good excuse to have a glass of wine tonight, right?

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  1. Erika2:53 AM

    I can vouch for the easy factor since she made these during our play date. So fun and easy! I need to drink up so I can make some. Thanks T!

  2. What a great idea! Wow, this would be perfect for a backyard wedding shindig!

  3. Great idea and they look elegant. Thank you for sharing!!

  4. It looks so cool. Great idea. I'm sure several bottles will add such a nice atmosphere in a garden.

  5. I've just relinked your new site in my friends list. How lazy I was! Always love your creative posts!

  6. They turned out great! :)

  7. What an amazing idea. Perfect for summer BBQs!

  8. Just a tip, Don't use those cheap wine bottles! I decided to make a few of these in our backyard and within an hour, one of them broke and spilled flaming gasoline all over our fence!

    Good think we had a fire extinguisher handy though.