If you are as obsessed with Pinterest as much as I am, I’m sure you have seen the wine bottle tiki torches. Since neighbor T and I were weekend wine warriors for a while (we have since switched to mojitos!) I have a lot of empty wine bottles. I was using them to make wine bottle lamps, which I will share in a future post, but I just had to make some of the tiki torches.
Please don’t judge my picture-taking! For the life of me I couldn’t get rid of the shadow on the Tree of Life Bottle. That one is for my personal use. I painted the tree with enamel paint and baked it. Then embellished it with clear rhinestones and beaded wire.
The Yuengling Bottle is for my brother who, from what I hear, drinks a lot of this stuff. I decoupaged yellow tissue paper all over the bottle and then added the label from the beer bottle. I’m still practicing on the copper wire embellishment.
The wine bottle tiki torch is so easy to make. All you need is a wine bottle and these three supplies….
1. Tiki torch replacement wicks
2. Threaded seal tape 1/2″ size
3. 1/2″ x 3/8″ copper coupling
The tape and coupling can be found at Lowe’s or Home Depot in the plumbing section. The Tiki torch replacement in the garden section.
How To Make the Wine Bottle Tiki Torch
Wrap the larger end of the coupling with the tape, keeping it even and smooth. Continue wrapping until there is enough around the coupling to fit snugly in the bottle opening.
Insert the wick through the coupling and let it stick out about 1/4″. I had to flare the top of the wick in the Tree of Life Bottle because it kept falling in to the bottle. I’m not having a problem with the Yuengling Bottle’s wick. Once the wick soaks up the torch oil it fits a little better.
You can use a copper cap also available in the plumbing section to cover the wick and keep it dry, but I just bring my bottle indoors when I’m not using it.
I can’t wait to make more of these to give as gifts. You don’t have to use wine bottles – you can use beer bottles, soda bottles or jars. You can paint, decoupage, glue on rhinestones or leave them as is. Neighbor T has made some really cute tiki jars! They are adorable and I will get some pictures to share.
What ideas do you have to decorate a Wine Bottle Tiki Torch?