You’ll have nothing to “wine” about after seeing these one-of-a-kind Wine Bottle Tiki Torches! This is a unique gift idea that’s a guaranteed hit… like the kind that makes guests say, “Where did you get that?!”
I made these last week for my Sister-in-Law’s birthday and it was a huge hit!
I found this link on (you guessed it), Pintrest :) and the original tutorial, as well as the photo above, came from Gerardot & Co., a strategy and design firm. Be sure to check them out!
This project is a MUST for anyone who enjoys entertaining friends on the back patio/porch. It’s so easy, and relatively cheap especially for the finished product you get!
Now don’t be deceived by the hardware… I am the LAST person you would find hanging out in a Home Depot, and I found all the materials very easily (with the help of the Home Depot guys of course!)
Here is your supply list. This is for 1 torch so if you want to make more, just multiply by however many you’re making:
1. An empty wine bottle. Make sure it is glass, and the neck is 1 inch in diameter.
2. Teflon Tape
3. Top Plate Connector (threaded for 3/8″ – 16 thread rod)
4. 1″ Split Ring Hanger (threaded for 3/8″ – 16 thread rod)
5. 1/2″ x 3/8″ Copper Coupling
6. 1/2″ Copper Cap
7. 2 Hex Nuts (threaded for 3/8″ – 16 thread rod)
8. Two #10 x 1” Zinc Plated Wood Screws
9. Replacement Tiki Wick
10. 3/8”-16 Zinc Plated Threaded Rod (Gerardot & Co. said he bought a 3 ft rod and cut it down, so that’s what I did too. Mine were being mounted to a deck railing so I had to measure the overhang and I cut it to fit that.)
11. Tiki Fuel
So here’s how I managed to do this:
First, I wanted to get the labels off my wine bottles so I soaked them in hot soapy water.
I was giving these as gifts so I couldn’t exactly start with mounting… So I just put them together as much as I could and the rest would have to be taken care of by my brother (or the giftee)
I started by wrapping the larger end of the couplings in teflon tape.
Basically just keep wrapping until it will fit snuggly into the top of the bottle without falling down into it. After it has enough tape wrapped around it, you can thread the wick through so it sticks out about 1/4 inch.
And here’s a photo of why you have the copper cap… Just to have as a top while the torches aren’t being used.
The next thing I did was put the hardware together. If I can do it, you can do it!
Here’s a guide to Hardware For Dummies :p
After you have most of your hardware put together, place the neck of your bottle into the split ring. Hold up the other half of the split ring, and tighten the screws. (A craftsman’s tip was to tighten each screw a little at a time to avoid one side being tighter than the other.)
If you’re giving these as a gift, that’s the most you can do. You wouldn’t want to fill the bottles with torch fuel and put them in a gift bag :O haha!
I just put them in a bag as is and brought the torch fuel to give them after they opened the torches.
So if you’re still with me, you’re done! It wasn’t that bad right?
Oh and if you’re making these for yourself and mounting them, I will send you to Gerardot & Co. because they have good tips on mounting.
Thanks for tolerating my girl-talk about hardware haha :)
Let me know what kind of reactions you get from giftees or guests when they see these one-of-a-kind, made-with-love tiki torches!
XO – Chelsea – @chelsrose
PS. Christmas is just around the corner AND I will be an Auntie TWICE within 4 months next year so be ready! I’ll be slingin’ CreativeLittleBird posts like there’s no tomorrow! ;)
Safety Note: This project is intended for outdoor use only. Never leave torches unattended and use the same caution and common sense you would with any open flame. Each user should assume responsibility for deciding appropriate uses, storage or shipping of items. Chelsea Williams disclaims any liability for damage or injury which may result in the final product of the above instructions.