While browsing the interwebs, I got lost in the addictive vortex they call Pinterest. If you want to see where I’ve been wasting my time you can check out my Pins. Anyhow, I saw a very beautiful wine bottle that was turned into a torch and I thought it was enchanting. Since my brother has been visiting me, and since he is the most handy person I know, we did this craft project together. And now at night I relish the beautiful flames swaying in the pitch black of my deck.
Here is how you make ’em, you just will not regret this.
You will need the following for 1 bottle, multiply by the number of torches you want to make:
- A wine bottle (I got mine from West Elm which were a little thinner than a wine bottle)
- Threaded 3/8-16 inch threaded rod (I got mine from Home Depot)
- Nylon thread seal tape (I got mine from Home Depot)
- 1-inch split ring hanger threaded for 3/8-16 inch rod (I got mine from Grainger online)
- Plate flange connector threaded for 3/8-16 inch rod (I got mine from MSC Industrial Supply online)
- 3/8-inch copper coupling (I got mine from Home Depot)
- 3/8-inch hex nuts (I got mine from Home Depot)
- #10 wood screws (I got mine from Home Depot)
- Tiki replacement wick (I got mine from Home Depot)
- Tiki torch fluid (I got mine from Home Depot)
- Useful: a hacksaw, tiki wick caps (I got mine from Pex Supply online), electric or manual screw driver, hammer, nail, a funnel
I chose to use these colored bottles from West Elm because they were elegant looking, but there’s no reason not to use an empty wine bottle. Simply put it in the dishwasher to help remove all of the labeling and glue and you’re also set. It would also work with some of those colored sparkling water bottles out there in the nice blue and green colors.
Okay, I’ll stop.
If you want to have shorter distance from the torch to where you are fastening it, you’ll probably need to cut your threaded rods. I couldn’t find them in 6-inch lengths so I bought 12-inch rods and cut them with a hacksaw. This requires serious elbow grease.
Then you’ll pour in your tiki fluid.
Give it a try! It’s a fun family project.