DIY Glass Bottle Tiki Torch
Glass bottle tiki torches are a great way to add some pizazz and ambiance to your outdoor lighting. The best part is that instead of just throwing all those glass bottles away, you can re-purpose them into something useful and eye-catching!
I used old wine and beer bottles, but you can use just about any kind of bottle.
DIY Glass Bottle Tiki Torch Tutorial
Tools & Supplies:
- Wire Nippers
- Hand Drill
- Hack saw
(Besides the bottles, I found everything here at Lowe’s)
- One Tiki replacement wick
- One 3/4in x3/4in brass coupling for a PEX pipe (this serves as the wick holder)
- One 1/2in copper cap
- Two hex nuts (threaded for 3/8in-16 thread rod)
- 4 or 5 inches of small decorative chain
- One 3/4in split ring hanger (threaded for 3/8in-16 thread rod) You can buy them HERE or you can also get these at Lowes. Home depot sells them online but not in-store.. UPDATE: The 3/4″galvanized steel (instead of copper plated) from Lowes, (item 302049) fits perfect. For some reason the 3/4″copper plated one is slightly smaller and doesn’t fit as well.
- Two wood screws
- One Top plate connector (threaded for 3/8 in-16 thread rod)
- One 4 1/2in long, 3/8in diameter-16 zinc plated threaded rod (I bought a 3ft rod and cut into 8 pieces with a hack saw)
- Tiki torch fuel
- One empty glass bottle
DIY Glass Bottle Tiki Torch Instructions
Important: Bottle opening sizes can vary so you may need to also purchase a 16mm flat washer to make sure wick holder fits.
To see if you will need the washer or not, gather the coupling (Supplies #2) and place it right on top of the bottle opening
If opening of bottle is too large for the coupling, place the 16mm flat washer between the bottle opening and the coupling
Now slide the wick (Supply #1) into wick the coupling leaving about ¼ -1/2in of the wick sticking out of top
Wall Mount Assembly:
Screw two nuts (Supply #4) onto both ends of the rod (Supply #9).
Screw the plate connector (Supply #8) onto one end of the rod.
Screw the ring hanger (Supply #6) onto the other end of the rod.
Now tighten everything up.
Drill a small hole into the cap (Supply #3)
Screw in the chain (Supply #5) and attach the other end of the chain to the cap with pliers.
Fill the bottle up to the neck with Tiki torch fuel, and let the wick soak up the fuel before lighting!
(I fill my bottles to the VERY top, right below the wick holder because I like a larger flame)
Screw on the wall mount, attach the bottle, and light!
To save fuel in large wine bottles, fill the bottom of the bottle with water. The water level should be a few inches below where the bottom of the wick sits inside bottle. Then fill the rest of the bottle with fuel. Water sinks and oil floats so the wick isn’t affected by the water!