I've wanted to make some wine bottle tiki torches for some time now. You've probably seen them floating around on Pinterest -- I know I've seen several takes on them there.
I actually went so far as to pick up most of the supplies at Walmart about a year ago, and I also started saving my favorite wine bottles from my monthly wine club. But I just never got around to making them. And then the weather turned colder, so I tucked the supplies away on an unused shelf for this summer. You know how it goes, right?
Around this same time, while with a group of friends for an adults only night out, my husband spied Rogue Sriracha HOT Stout on the menu. Now, I'm definitely a wine girl, but I do love a good stout on occasion -- sriracha hot stout, though?! On whim, we all decided to share a bomber...
In case you're wondering, it was definitely an interesting beer -- not awful like you might think, just smooth and dark with a bit of heat to the finish, definitely a sipping beer. But what I was really taken with was the bottle! The bright red color, the rooster sauce logo. Impulsively, I stuck it down in my purse just before we walked out. Having a big purse comes in handy at times!
A few weeks later, my husband brought home the colorful pink Voodoo Doughnut brew to try. I still hadn't made the connection that I might be able to turn them into beer bottle tiki torches, but it got me wondering how many other amazing bottles were in the Rogue lineup. It turns out that there are a lot -- AND they make pretty awesome tiki torches.
Also? These homemade tiki torches are a LOT easier to make than I anticipated. Like I made six in under 20 minutes start-to-finish, even while taking photos, easy. Let me show you how it's done...
Beer Bottle Tiki Torches Supplies:
- empty bomber size beer bottles or wine bottles
- 1/2" x 3/8" copper couplings
- teflon plumbers tape
- tiki torch replacement wicks
- tiki torch fuel
- silicone funnel (optional)
Start by wrapping the small end of the copper coupling with teflon plumbers tape. No scissors necessary -- this tape tears easily. Keep wrapping until the wrapped end of the coupling fits securely in the top of your bottle, but not so tight that you won't be able to remove it again later to refill the fuel.
Next, slide a replacement wick into each coupling so that the wider end is at the top.
BTW, I found long lengths of coiled wick on Amazon, so that's what I used at first. Take my advice -- don't waste your money. They don't pull up the tiki fuel, therefore they don't stay lit. Spend a little more to get the actual tiki replacement wicks.
Fill each bottle up with the tiki torch fuel -- a silicone funnel makes this a much easier task, but it's not really a necessity. Just pour very slowly, stopping frequently to see how full the bottle is getting.
Place a wick with the wrapped coupling in each bottle, and you're done!
See? These beer bottle tiki torches are SO easy to make, and they're a really unique way to light up our patio area, while helping to keep pesky bugs away. I think I may still make myself a set of wine bottle tiki torches, as well, so I can switch them out depending on what type of gathering we're having.
As if I need an excuse to drink more wine... Want to join me?