DIY Wine Bottle Tiki Torch

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Turn your leftover wine bottles into beautiful backyard DIY wine bottle Tiki torches. They are a perfect way to recycle those old bottles and keep away the bugs from your backyard entertaining area.

Two bottles of wine on table.

Even though it’s just the beginning of August, school is about to start for our kiddos. We have been soaking up the last few days of summer break and enjoying the company of friends and neighbors. I love that we live in a small neighborhood where spontaneous get-togethers can happen just by walking out your front door. Every year towards the end of summer, we celebrate the end of the season with a neighborhood block party. These have been known to last from late afternoon until well after the sun goes down. And like any good neighborhood party, everyone brings something to eat and drink and share.

Here in the South we love to be outside. But, we also have to deal with a crazy amount of bugs buzzing around and landing on our food and wine glasses! Don’t these bugs know better than to mess with a mother of three’s wine glass?  Jay has been lighting our large Tiki torches in the backyard to try and keep them away. This sparked an idea – for our block party I decided to make portable citronella Tiki torches out of recycled wine bottles. I always have some Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi on hand for any of the aforementioned spontaneous gatherings. What better way to bring neighbors together than opening up a nice bottle to share?

Ok, back to the Tiki torches, not only did they keep those pesky bugs away from our block party spread, they also made pretty centerpieces and kept the party lit throughout the evening.

Supplies:

For this project you will need:

  1. An empty, clean wine bottle. I used a sponge to scrub off the label under warm water. For this torch I used Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Chardonnay. The medium body pairs so well with appetizers (one of my favorite food groups) and is so refreshing during the summer, plus the clear green bottle really shows off the marbles.
  2. Teflon tape
  3. 1/2 inch copper cap
  4. 1/2 x 3/8 copper coupling
  5. Tiki replacement wick
  6. Jute (optional)
  7. Marbles or small rocks/gravel
  8. Tiki torch fuel (I used one with citronella)

Turn your leftover wine bottles into beautiful backyard DIY wine bottle Tiki torches. They are a perfect way to recycle those old bottles and keep away the bugs from your backyard entertaining area.

First step is pour yourself and your friends a glass of wine so you will have an empty bottle ๐Ÿ™‚ This is probably…no, definitely my favorite step. Next, wash the bottle out and scrub off the label using a sponge under warm water, then dry the bottle completely.

Turn your leftover wine bottles into beautiful backyard DIY wine bottle Tiki torches. They are a perfect way to recycle those old bottles and keep away the bugs from your backyard entertaining area.

With a hot glue gun, wrap the jute around the middle of the wine bottle, securing the jute with hot glue. This part is optional but I feel it dresses up the torch.

Turn your leftover wine bottles into beautiful backyard DIY wine bottle Tiki torches. They are a perfect way to recycle those old bottles and keep away the bugs from your backyard entertaining area.

Next add some marbles or small rocks to the wine bottle, filling 1/4 to 1/2 way up the bottle. Word of caution, the first time I made one of these, I had the bottle standing up and just plunked the marbles in the bottle. This resulted in the bottle breaking. I suggest turning the bottle on it’s side and gently rolling the marbles into the bottle.

Turn your leftover wine bottles into beautiful backyard DIY wine bottle Tiki torches. They are a perfect way to recycle those old bottles and keep away the bugs from your backyard entertaining area.

To prepare the wick, wrap the 1/2 inch end of the copper coupling with Teflon tape. Keep wrapping to build up the tape enough so it fits in the top of the bottle without falling into the bottle. Insert the wick in the coupling until it sticks out about 1/4 inch.

Turn your leftover wine bottles into beautiful backyard DIY wine bottle Tiki torches. They are a perfect way to recycle those old bottles and keep away the bugs from your backyard entertaining area.

Use a funnel to fill the bottle with fuel and then insert the wick and coupling. Make sure to let the wick absorb the oil for 5-10 minutes and then light.

Turn your leftover wine bottles into beautiful backyard DIY wine bottle Tiki torches. They are a perfect way to recycle those old bottles and keep away the bugs from your backyard entertaining area.

These DIY wine bottle Tiki torches are great to have at any neighborhood block party or backyard BBQ. To ensure you have enough bottles to use, promptly invite over friends and family and uncork a bottle of Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi wine. These wines are meant for sharing and can amp up the fun factor at any gathering from an impromptu card game on the back porch to an intricately planned neighborhood event.

Turn your leftover wine bottles into beautiful backyard DIY wine bottle Tiki torches. They are a perfect way to recycle those old bottles and keep away the bugs from your backyard entertaining area.

 

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32 Comments

  1. These are ADORABLE! I’m making one of these with my next wine bottle…er tonight. ๐Ÿ˜‰ lol Awesome tutorial….and a wonderful up cycling idea!! Pinned!

  2. I am not a big wine drinker but occasionally imbibe… The last wine bottle I threw away made me feel bad, they are do study and could be reused for something,,, Thank you for the idea…

  3. Finally- something to do with all of the wine bottles! It would be great for a backyard event. You took great photos!

  4. These are super cute! We often entertain with our neighbors, and summer is such a great time to have outdoor parties.

  5. That is so clever! Neighborhood block parties are the best. We just moved to a new neighborhood so we don’t know anyone anymore. Anyways, love this adorable DIY project. Perfect gift for a wine drinker too!

  6. What a great DIY. We certainly have plenty of wine bottles around here. I don’t do crafty projects often but need to try this one.

    1. Thanks Wendy! Yes, it doesn’t take very long to put together and nice to have around during the summer.

  7. How cool is this?! I would never think to make something like this, but lord knows I have enough wine bottles around to do it ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. I love this idea! I have never really thought what to do with the empty wine bottles and feel bad just tossing them out when some of them are beautiful. This is a great idea.