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How To Make a Tiki Torch Out Wine, Beer & Soda Bottles

There are many DIY tutorials about how to make a wine bottle tiki torch on the web, but I put a little spin to my method with the wick holder.
I had a side job working for an Arizona winery and not surprisingly, I’ve got an abundant supply of wine bottles.  It seemed like such a waste to just throw away all of those bottles, so this is what I did with them!
(I also had a few beer bottles on hand so I decided to leave the label on for all of you beer fans)
Check it out in action!



  • Wire Nippers
  • Funnel
  • Hand Drill
  • Pliers
  • Hack saw


(Besides the bottles, I found everything here at Lowe’s)

  1. One Tiki replacement wick
  2. One 3/4in x3/4in brass coupling for a PEX pipe (this serves as the wick holder)
  3. One 1/2in copper cap
  4. Two hex nuts (threaded for 3/8in-16 thread rod)
  5. 4 or 5 inches of small decorative chain
  6. 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.
  7. Two wood screws
  8. One Top plate connector (threaded for 3/8 in-16 thread rod)
  9. 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)
  10. Tiki torch fuel
  11. One empty glass bottle

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, take the ¾ x ¾ coupling

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 tiki wick into wick holder leaving about ¼ -1/2in of the wick sticking out of top

Wall Mount Assembly:

Screw the two hex nuts onto the two ends of the zinc rod

Screw the plate connector onto one end of the rod

Screw ring hanger on other end of rod

Now tighten everything up.

Drill small hole in copper cap

You can spray paint the color of your choice or just leave as is

Fill bottle up to neck with Tiki torch fuel and let 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 wall mount, attach bottle, and light!

To save fuel in large wine bottles, fill bottom of bottle with water (a few inches below where bottom of wick sits inside bottle) Water sinks and oil floats so wick isn’t affected by the water! 😉


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  1. Denise

    Very awesome diy idea

  2. Cynthia Rodriguez

    Can’t wait to see your next post.

  3. Deb

    What did u use for the wick holder?

    • Tee

      Hi Deb! I have instructions for my members on what I used and how I made these cute wine bottle tiki torch kits… All you have to do is sign up for free and you will be directed to the tiki torch kit directions. It costs nothing to sign up AND I’m getting ready to hold a drawing for my MEBMERS ONLY for one of these tiki torch kits! So make sure to become a member by scrolling up the page a little and click where it says ‘sign up here’ 😉

  4. Very nice site!

  5. Erija

    Would love to know how u made this

  6. Jackie

    Having trouble finding supplies, the flange and the neck ring

    • Tee

      Hi Jackie!

      I just changed the link that takes you to a new place to buy the flange and neck ring, so you’re good to go now!

  7. theo kieti

    whats id this tikki oil ur using . any other name for this fuel?

    • Tee

      Good question! I did a little research and found that Kerosene, or paraffin oil is ideal for tiki torch use because of its long burn time and minimal scent. I hope this helps!

  8. Shane T Passey

    So the 3/4×3/4 per coupler you mention in your instruction does not hold my wick tight. Does it swell when it saturated with oil. If not my wick will fall into the bottom of the bottle. I have seen where others use crafting stones to let the wick set on but you don’t have those in yours. How are you keeping the wick from falling thru the pen coupler? It does not hold the wick at all

    • Tee

      Hi Shane,
      Usually the wicks I use are fat enough for the coupler to hold. I have had a few instances where the wick was a little too skinny and I used a washer that was small enough on the inside to hold the wick tight, and large enough on the outside to sit on top of the coupler. I hope that helps!

  9. Don S

    Thank you! Just in time to replace old torches. Your instructions are perfect, best, clearest of any web site.

  10. Dane Kinderlan

    Is there a way to make the flame bigger?

    • Tee

      Hi Dane,
      I think all of the wicks burn a little different so you can try another one to see if the flame is bigger.

  11. Kara

    Help! I purchased all the pieces to assemble this project, but the 3/4″ split ring hanger doesn’t come close to closing around the neck of the wine bottle. I’ve tried it with 8 different wine bottles and none fit. What am I missing?! Thank you!

    • Tee

      Hi Kara! That’s strange…are you sure you grabbed the 3/4 inch sized one? I wonder if you grabbed the 1/2 inch sized one by accindent? I know I did that one time and it was definitely too small for my bottles.

  12. Mantha WestberryDixon

    Where can I purchase the top plate connectors got everything but having trouble finding them

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