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I love to create and this project was easy and fun!
So here we go, I’ll show you how to make your very own tiki torches to light up your patio space.
First, choose a bottle. I chose wine bottles, but you could use any other kind of glass bottle as long it has the correct size opening for the hardware to fit.
I chose a green glass bottle as well as a clear one. Soak them in warm water to remove the labels and rinse out the inside, then let them dry out completely.
Next comes the fun part; decide how you want to embellish the outside of the wine bottle to fit your taste and decor.
I chose to use burlap twine, burlap flowers, and a brass wine finding I found in my crafting supplies. Make sure it’s weather and heat durable, anything plastic or “melty” would not be a great idea.
I used Gorilla Silicone Sealant to attach these things, it’s gooey enough to keep everything in place while it dries and will withstand the heat of the summer better than using a typical craft glue.
You will now need to fill your bottle with something to give it “weight”. I chose river rock stones for one and glass stones for the other (you can pick these up at any dollar or hobby store) This is another way to add to the design in texture and color. Just make sure what you choose will not disintegrate once you pour in your tiki fuel.
I filled them up about one third of the way to leave enough space to place the wick inside of the bottle when ready for that step.
Lets now assemble the part that will actually turn this into our tiki wine bottle torch.
I found this great kit on Amazon that includes the coupling, the wick, the washers and even the snuffers to complete not only one…but three wine tikis. After researching all the pieces and parts separately, I found this was a time saver and definitely less costly.
Slide the rubber washers onto the coupling as shown below, I used two for each of the bottles I had, you may only need one, just make sure it is nicely snug and secure when you place it into the neck of the bottle.
Now thread the wick right up through the coupling, leaving about a half inch or so protruding out of the top of the coupling. This will be the part that we light, so you don’t want it too “tall” or the flame will be too big.
Gently maneuver the wick down into the bottle and push the coupling into the neck of the bottle until it feels tight and secure. If the wick is too long, you can cut it, but it’s okay if it curls a little bit too because as it burn down, you’ll have a good amount to keep pulling up without having to constantly replace it.
Now you’ll attach the chain and the snuffer. It’s a ball chain with a clasp hook, quite like the ones on a necklace, and all you have to do is clip the clasp onto the chain and then slide it over the neck of the bottle.
There you have it…your hand made and personally created tiki wine bottle torch!
Last but not least, when you’re ready to fill it with fuel, gently remove the wick and use a funnel to carefully pour in the fuel, then place the wick apparatus back in the bottle in the very same way that you did before. Now light it up and enjoy the ambiance now added to your patio. (warning: only use these in a safe place outside, they do emit fumes and heat and are not meant for any type of enclosed space).
Time to call it a night? Carefully lift the snuffer and place it over the wick (be careful not to burn yourself) and your tiki torch is now safely put out with the wick protected…until the next time you light it up! (I would recommend you put it away in a safe place, to not only keep your creation safe, but also protect the surface it sits on in case of accidental tip overs and spills, due to weather or human mishaps).
I made two, one for the Little Somethin Place and the other for the newlyweds. That’s my son-in-law you saw in the title picture looking pretty excited with his new tiki wine bottle torch(smile).
Have fun with this project, the design possibilities are only limited to your own imagination. You can even skip the embellishment part if you’re not so “crafty”and still have a lovely classic wine bottle torch that will serve the same purpose.
If interested, you can find the kit I used right here, or go ahead and make your own from scratch if that suits you best.