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Now that summer has officially arrived, my husband and I like to spend our evenings outside, sipping a glass of wine while the little ones are fast asleep. The only downfall- mosquitos. In Virginia the bugs are vicious! I can’t even make it to my car and back without getting swarmed by the little creatures. So when my neighbor told me about a homemade citronella tiki torch, I was all ears.
All you need is:
Copper reducing coupling
Hot glue gun
Luckily my family enjoys wine, so one trip to the recycling bin and I was set. My neighbor even tried using old beer bottles and they turned out fantastic! She used less torch fluid which is also a bonus.
In order to peel the label off, start by soaking the bottles in hot soapy water. Then with a stiff object, scrape off the adhesive. Once your bottles are dry apply hot glue to the desired area and add rope. Repeat this step until the bottle is covered to your liking.
I added river rocks to the bottom of my bottles so it would eliminate the amount of fluid I needed. I’ve also seen them made with colored marbles or nothing at all. With your funnel, pour the tiki torch fluid into the wine bottle. Pull your wick through the coupling placing it on top of the bottle, let the wick soak for a few hours.
Look how beautiful they turned out! Just in time for entertaining next weekend. Now we can enjoy our summer nights outside, without being a victim to mosquitoes.
A few things I learned:
- Use Goo Gone for the stubborn areas when removing the label. It made my life so much easier
- Bring your wine bottles to the store with you. I made several trips back and forth from Home Depot because I bought the wrong size coupling
- The coupling should fit snug. If it’s not air tight the flame will not last
- When looking for your coupling, make sure you find the right size cap. Using this little part will keep the wick dry when it rains
- Let the wick soak for at least 12 hours to ensure the entire wick has absorbed the liquid