Do you ever wonder if your empty wine bottles are good for anything other than the rubbish bin? Well, we’ve got you covered right here. This DIY wine bottle project will not only inspire your creativity, but will also upgrade the look of any outdoor space in an instant.
Why not make good use of those old wine bottles and create your tiki torches at home?
What are the materials needed to create a glass bottle torch?
You’ll be needing these tools and materials to make your own glass bottle torch.
- Empty Wine Bottle (or any beautiful glass bottles which have necks 1 inch in diameter)
- Teflon Tape 1/2 inch
- 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
- Tiki Replacement Wick
- Torch Fuel (use ONLY fuel made specifically for outdoor torches to be safe. i.e. Tiki brand)
How to create a glass bottle torch?
With the supplies on hand, these can be made on the spot.
1. Determine the location of your glass bottle torch
Decide where you want to put your tiki torch. We recommend having it placed on a wooden wall.
2. Mount the bottle hanger
Screw the Top Plate connector in place.
Screw in the 3/8”-16 Rod on the mounting plate until it stops.
Thread the two Hex Nuts onto the Rod and tighten one down at the point where the Rod meets the Top Connector Plate. Leave the other Hex Nut at the front end so it can be used to secure the Split Ring Hanger.
Thread on the Split Ring Hanger just enough so that the Rod is flush with the inside of the ring. Turn the 2nd Hex Nut counter-clockwise to snug it up against the Split Ring Hanger.
3. Make the torch
Carefully and tightly wrap the 1/2-inch end of the Coupling with your Teflon Tape. Wrap it nice and clean for an even surface. Build up the tape until it fits well in the opening of the bottle and you are sure that it won’t fall inside.
Insert the Wick in the Coupling until it sticks out about 1/4-inch or less. The Tiki brand replacement wicks are about 3/8-inch in diameter so they fit well.
Wicks can be made from old t-shirts by cutting them into strips and braiding them.
You don’t need a mile of wick as long as the oil is plentiful and the wick is thick; cotton won’t burn quickly if there is enough oil and thick wick. To extend the burn time of your thin wick, braid three pieces together. By fanning the wick and using a long wick, you will get a brighter light, but your oil and wick will quickly run out.
4 Add your favourite torch oil to the bottle
Use a funnel to fill the bottle with your favourite torch oil.
Do not fill the neck all the way up with oil, since it can get hot from the pressure. Refilling them while it’s hot is never a good idea, so we make a lot before the trip so they can be set aside and a new one can be brought out. It takes less than 20 minutes to make twelve packs of them, so there is no need to worry about refilling them, and if you want to, you can just toss them in the trash.
5. Insert the coupling and wick to the bottle
Insert the coupling & wick at the top of the bottle and twist them into place. Let the Wick absorb oil.
6. Position the bottleneck in the bottle hanger’s ring.
Loosen up the Split Ring Hanger on one side and position the bottleneck in the ring.
Flip the front half of the ring back into place and tighten down the Hanger evenly on both sides. You may need to loosen the other side to make sure both sides are even tight. Do not over-tighten the Hanger.
You can now light up your glass bottle torch! Place it in your garden or backyard to enjoy the light and create some amazing designs out of it. Below are a few glass bottle torch ideas you can create.
You can simply blow out the fire of your glass bottle torch if you want to stop using it. Use the Copper Cap to keep the Wick dry when not in use.