DIY: Tiki Wine Torché

Posted on September 3, 2012


Design for Life: Recycled Wine Bottle Tiki Torch

by Erik Anderson

Whether it’s product branding, package design or projects for ourselves, we’re pleased when we find a solution that’s very effective and creative, while keeping resources to a minimum. This idea is very inexpensive(Buy Kit Now $38). And it’s a great way to recycle a wine bottle. See how this  simple idea inspired this brand and wine bottle design.

Recycled Wine Bottle Tiki Torch

It’s been a record year for mosquitoes here in Indianapolis, Indiana and I’d been wanting to add some Tiki-esque torches to the patio to combat the little buggers, and add a little ambiance. After searching the world over to find a torch that was affordable and atypical I came to the conclusion that unless I wanted wicker or bamboo, I needed to be a bit more resourceful. A glance into my recycling bin and a stroll through the local hardware store was the inspiration for this recycled wine bottle tiki torch.

Buy the Tiki Torch Kit for $38 or try it yourself. Here’s what you’ll need.

Recycled Wine Bottle Torch How To

  1. Empty Wine Bottle (Use any bottle as long as it’s glass and the neck is 1” in diameter. Be clever!)
  2. Teflon Tape 1/2”
  3. Copper Top Plate Connector (threaded for 3/8”-16 thread rod)
  4. 1” Split Ring Hanger (threaded for 3/8”-16 thread rod)
  5. 1/2” x 3/8” Copper Coupling
  6. 1/2” Copper Cap
  7. Two Hex Nuts (threaded for 3/8”-16 thread rod)
  8. Two #10 x 1” Zinc Plated Wood Screws (if you’re mounting it to wood)
  9. 3/8”-16 Zinc Plated Threaded Rod (I bought a 3’ rod and cut it down to 8, 4-1/2” rods with a hacksaw.)
  10. Tiki Replacement Wick
  11. Torch Fuel (For safety reasons, only use fuel made specifically for outdoor torches. i.e. Tiki brand)

Head over to for the rest of the instructions.

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