During the summer months, I love being able to sit out on my porch in the evenings and enjoy a good book, watch the kids play, and just take in the beautiful weather. I’ve always loved the look and feel of lit tiki torches on summer evenings. Something about it just totally sets the scene for me. There prices, however, horrified me.
I was so excited last summer, when I came across little globular tabletop torches in the store. For a great price!! I could totally envision the queenly atmosphere they would create. The part of my brain that logically rationed as Queen of my Castle I deserved to stoke my fairy-tale inspired fire, demanded their immediate purchase. I automatically saw my little piece of far, far away where I could decompress, and just lose myself for a few minutes each evening.
Naturally, I came home with a matching pair, assuming we’d live out the rest of our days creating beautiful, enchanted Summer memories together. Unfortunately, my happily ever after just wasn’t meant to be. Both pots (let’s face it, at this point their ambiance setting fairy God mother had abandoned them and, in my eyes, their clock had already struck twelve) leaked horribly. Despite my valiant husband’s best efforts, they just weren’t salvageable. For me, the whole affair was quite tragic. So much for my illusions of grandeur.
Ever my knight in shining armor, my husband came to my rescue! If I couldn’t buy the perfect table top torch, then he would make me one! This was his brain child.
This easy to make tiki torch was a roaring success. Using citronella infused torch fuel I’m able to keep the mosquitoes at bay, all while adding a little ‘enchantment’ to my evenings. My still full wallet was feeling pretty enchanted too!
DIY Tiki Torch
- old, sturdy glass bottle
- 2 washers that fit the lip of your bottle
- 1 spacer
- rubber grommet (make sure it will fit tightly down into your bottle creating an airtight seal that prevents the wick from moving around)
- tiki torch fuel (I used one with citronella to keep the mosquitoes away)
- tiki torch wicks
- Add fuel to your bottle. Be careful not to over fill.
- Place a wick into the bottle. Leave about 2 inches exposed above the lip of the bottle.
- Thread the end of the wick through the grommet, pushing the grommet towards the bottle opening. Force grommet down into the neck of the bottle, leaving it flush on top with the lip. Make sure to hold onto the end of the wick so it doesn’t also get pushed down into the bottle.
- Take one washer and thread it onto the wick, pushing it down until it rests on the top of the bottle. Make sure there’s not gap between the bottle and washer # 1.
- Thread a spacer onto the wick and push it down until it’s resting flush against washer # 1.
- Thread washer # 2 onto the wick, pushing down until it is resting firmly against the spacer. The washers will keep the flame away from the glass preventing it from getting hot, at all.
- Push the exposed wick down into the bottle, leaving only about 3/4 of an inch of wick exposed and ready to light.
- Allow the wick time to completely saturate with tiki torch fuel before lighting.