You can make your own Wine Bottle TIKI Torch with as little as a single Abe Lincoln in your pocket. In 7 easy to follow steps, your backyard will be transformed from boring and bland to creative and vivacious! This is a recyclable project that provides a fun way to recreate and repurpose everyday items.
For those of your who are wine connoisseurs, this may give you another reason to have an extra glass or two at the end of the night but don’t get too carried away. You don’t need to be able to send the Batman signal from your backyard!
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We originally showed this DIY Wine Bottle TIKI torch in our previous post that featured creative patio lighting ideas. You should take a look if you haven’t already done so. One thing that I admire about the original post from Erik were the vibrant blue wine bottles. With this in mind, go out and try to find the craziest wine bottles for this project! It will definitely add some pizzazz to your backyard!
This post will initially show you how to make the torch. In the second half, I will show you how you can mount the torch to a fence post or wall. The second step is optional but it adds to the creativity of the design. I’ve also separated the supplies so that you don’t get confused about what you have to buy if you don’t want to mount the torch. Even if you do, it’ll all only cost you $5. Now that’s what I call ingenuity!
Safety Warning: This TIKI torch is intended for outdoor use. Never set your wick higher than 1″ above the opening of your bottle. Never leave an open flame unattended.
What You’ll Need to Make the Torch
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- An empty wine bottle. You can use any glass bottle with a neck so beer and coke bottles are in! (1)
- 1/2″ Teflon Tape
- 1/2″ x 3/8″ Copper Coupling. (5)
- 1/2″ Copper Cap (6)
- TIKI Replacement wick (10)
- Outdoor TIKI torch fuel (11)
The following tools aren’t necessary but they will make the job a little bit quicker. If you have them, this project will be a breeze! Dig through your tool box for channel locks, adjustable wrench, power screwdriver, and a funnel. If you have them, great. If not, don’t fret!
Check out these 9 Enchanting Outdoor Lighting Ideas!
4 Steps to Making a TIKI Torch
- Wrap the 1/2″ end of coupling (wick holder) with Teflon tape until it sits snug in the opening of your bottle. You may have to do this 10-20 times depending on the size of the bottle you’re using.
- Insert the wick into the reducer/coupling until there is about 1/4″ protruding out from the coupler. You can find 3/8″ diameter replacement wicks from Tiki Brand. This step will create a tight fit and keep everything nice and snug.
- Use a funnel to fill the bottle with outdoor TIKI torch fuel. Some popular canisters include BiteFighter and Citronella.
- Insert the wick into the bottle in a twisting motion. Once seated inside of your bottle, the wick will absorb TIKI fuel and keep your torch burning. Note: It’s best if you wait a few minutes before initial lighting.
Optional Mounting Instructions
You can mount your TIKI torch to a wall or along fencing. Follow these instructions to mount your TIKI torch to a stationary object.
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- 3. Copper Top Plate Connector threaded for 3/8″-16 thread rod.
- 4. 1″ Split Ring Hanger (threaded for 3/8″ – 16 thread rod.
- Two Hex Nuts threaded for 3/8″-16 thread rod (7)
- Two #10 x 1″ Zinc Plated Wood Screws ( if mounting to wood) (8)
- 3/8″-16 Zinc Plated Threaded Rod (9)
If all of these measurements are confusing you, you can read this to learn how to read thread sizes.
- Loosen your split ring hanger and place the neck of your wine bottle within the ring.
- Tighten the ring hangers with a screwdriver so that there is enough pressure to keep your bottle from falling but not so much that is causes the bottle to shatter. A trick you can use is adding Teflon tape around the neck of your hanger to create a better adhesive.
- The last thing that you want is your TIKI torch falling from your hanger so make sure that the fitting is secure before you light your torch. When you put out your homemade TIKI torch, you can simply blow it out and place the copper cap on top to keep the wick protected from the elements.
If you’re looking to add a tropical feel to go along with your new TIKI torch, you should check out some of these Outdoor TIKI bars that are the perfect size. TIKI is a hot design trend that I reported on back in August!
Additional Backyard Projects to Try:
- Homemade Popsicles from the Garden
- Making an Herb Garden out of old Pallets
- How to Stain Concrete Slabs – Home DIY Projects
About the Author
Cheryl Khan is a graduate of the University of California San Diego. She enjoys writing, taking the scenic route, and experimenting with cultural cuisine! Get in touch by sending her a tweet @SuperInteriors.