Tiki torches are very popular because they’re just so darn cool when they’re lit at night. Why settle for the common wicker or bamboo torches that all the stores sell when you can easily make these beautiful torches from all your empty wine bottles?
Now you have a good reason to buy all that wine! But honey, I need the bottles.
So here are the supplies you’ll need, and a few cautions. I’m told you can get everything on the list at Lowe’s.
- Empty wine bottle (Use any bottle as long as it’s glass and the neck is 1” in diameter.)
- Teflon Tape 1/2”
- Copper Top Plate Connector (threaded for 3/8”-16 thread rod)
- 1” Split Ring Hanger (threaded for 3/8”-16 thread rod)
- 1/2” x 3/8” Copper Coupling
- 1/2” Copper Cap
- Two Hex Nuts (threaded for 3/8”-16 thread rod)
- Two #10 x 1” Zinc Plated Wood Screws (if you’re mounting it to wood)
- 3/8”-16 Zinc Plated Threaded Rod (I bought a 3’ rod and cut it down to 8, 4-1/2” rods with a hacksaw.)
- Tiki Replacement Wick
- Torch Fuel (For safety reasons, only use fuel made specifically for outdoor torches. i.e. Tiki brand)
These torches are pretty even when they’re not lit, and please, use caution when lighting or snuffing them out. The key to getting the wick to burn is to only expose about 1/4″ of it. If the wick is too long, it won’t burn.
Project and complete tutorial by Erik can be found at gerardot&co.