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How to Build a DIY Wine Bottle Tiki Torch

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by Jeff Patterson in Interior DIY Projects
Wine Bottle Tiki Torch

Spring is here and thank goodness.

It snowed in the third week of April, I almost didn’t believe it!!!

But spring season is so beautiful here in Pittsburgh, so a little snow isn’t all that bad.

Tiki torches are a great way to spice up your outdoor space.

Today’s tutorial will show you how to build a DIY wine bottle tiki torch in less than 30 minutes.

The one I built is a table top tiki torch that won’t blow away in the wind.

This is a inexpensive and easy way to make your outdoor area more fun 😀

Wine bottle tiki torches not only look amazing they also serve as an insect repellent.

More on that a little later.

You don’t need a bunch of supplies for this project.

Here’s your list

  • Old wine bottle (FREE)
  • Sand ($2 or FREE)
  • Teflon Tape ($2)
  • Brass Flange ($2)
  • Tiki Replacement Wick ($)
  • Tiki BiteFighter Torch Fuel ($11)
  • Scissors (FREE)
  • Funnel ($2)

Yes, I know you can buy tiki torches for as cheap as $4.

But not everyone has a yard for the torch.

And that’s why a table top version that won’t blow over is pretty neat.

Let’s jump into the tutorial.


Build an Amazing DIY Wine Bottle Tiki Torch (in less than 30 minutes)

By the way, you can use all the same methods to build a DIY beer bottle tiki torch.

I almost showed you both types of tiki torches but the brass flange I had for the wine bottle was too big for the beer bottle.


Such a shame, I had the perfect beer bottle from Fat Head’s.

Beer Bottle

Thanks Adam Verheyen for the beer suggestion 😀

Though it looks weird, I suggest taking your wine bottle to the hardware store.

People will look at you with stink eyes but just explain you’re making a tiki torch.

They’ll likely have several questions for you after that.

Find a bronze flange that fits inside your wine bottle.

Bronze Flange

They’re found in the hardware section of Lowe’s in a drawer.

Use the sku number in my video to make this a quick process.

Wrap 10-12 revolutions of teflon tape around the flange.

Dry fit it into the bottle.

You’re looking for a tight fit.

Teflon Tape Flange

Use the funnel to fill the wine bottle half full of sand.

Sand to Bottle

Then fill the bottle with the tiki fuel.

Fill Bottle Fuel 2

Slip the replacement tiki wick through the bronze flange.

Fit the flange into the bottle and adjust the wick so it’s resting on top of the sand.

Trim Wick

Trim the wick so it’s 1 inch above the flange.

Allow the wick to absorb the tiki fuel for 10-15 minutes.

Then you can light your wine bottle tiki torch and enjoy.

I recommend BiteFighter torch fuel because repels mosquitos.

Not only do you have an amazing tiki torch, you also have a good way to stop mosquitos.

Watch the full video tutorial if you want a step-by-step detailed guide. I think you’ll really like the end result 😀


How to Build a DIY Wine Bottle Tiki Torch

What’s Next

As you saw this project is super easy.

We also have a great tutorial showing how to build a rustic cooler from pallets.

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Thanks as always for reading, watching, and being part of our awesome community.

Ask your questions below and we’d be happy to help.


Jeff Patterson





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  1. Adam Verheyen says:

    Way to make me look like an alcoholic, Jeff! LOL

    Regardless this is a very neat project. We’ll have to try it out!

    1. Lol, hey, it was good beer.

      And local I might add.

      Yes, it’s a fun project 😀

  2. Nikki Wright says:

    How about making something to wrap around the bottle and stick into the ground so you can put it anywhere and it would be however high off the ground you want it? Like a bent piece of rebar or something like that?

    1. There are a lot of options Nikki.

      You could even use copper pipe to make it look unique.

      I’d love to see someone modify this concept 😀

  3. John P Parker says:

    Molotoff Cocktail??!!

    1. Well, hopefully not 😀

  4. I was just working on a similar project just yesterday!! I have these deck mounted holders for a metal canister filled with citronella oil – of course, the metal canisters have rusted over the past couple of years and look horrible. So, I have been saving blue bottles for my bottle trees in the garden and thought they would work great as a replacement since the deck mounted holders are in great shape. Thanks for helping me solve the problem that you didn’t even know I had!!

    1. My pleasure to help Sandy. And I promise I don’t have mind reading ability, although a few people have told me a similar story. Hmmm, maybe my Mom passed it on to me…

      I’d love to see pics of your finished project

  5. Peggy from Pittsburgh says:

    Hi Jeff, loved the tutorial! Can’t wait to make a few tiki torches for our deck! I collect craft beer bottles and have quite a few to choose from! They will make awesome conversation pieces! I’m a big re-cycler and DIY-selfer. I’ll send you some pics!

    1. Please do Peggy, my email is [email protected]

      Can’t wait to see what you come up with ;D

  6. Paula says:

    small stones or glass would look great instead of the sand and Coke or other small bottles for a more petite size 🙂 Love this!

  7. AL says:

    One concern for me would be that the bottle might break with the heat. Another one would be that someone might accidentally tip bottle over and make thing worse. Maybe find a way to secure bottle/s so that they cannot be easily tipped over. Thanks. AL.

    1. Thanks Al, I’d recommend placing the bottle in the center of the table or adding even more sand to it. Modern tiki torches run the same risk. Not inviting clumsy people to the house wouldn’t hurt either, lol

  8. DeidreSadie says:

    This is great! I would plant some flowers around the edge of a planter and put a smaller planter in the center , place your torch in and fill with sand to make it sturdy. You can then place them anywhere you’d like, on a table, pathway, table in the yard or garden!! I would use citronella oil in the torch!

  9. Cyndee says:

    Love this…am making them this morning!

  10. Harry says:

    My touch keeps going out – what could cause this. FYI I did not use the Teflon tape around the flange – could that bra cause? I wonder if it has to be airtight?

  11. Kelley says:

    Does the sand serve a purpose, other then to weigh it down? I just made some with jars and didn’t use anything in the bottom.

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