Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Transform a wine bottle into a tiki torch

by Debra Anchors

Decorative Tiki - Eric Anderson
Whether filled with lamp oil to light up the night, or citronella oil to ban mosquitoes from your party, these DIY oil lamps are a great way to re-purpose a wine bottle.

Erik Anderson’s hanging lantern, featured on Design Sponge, is a bit  involved to create but not difficult. The table lanterns, over at When The Pigs Fly, are less involved, and are also less expensive to make.

Table Lanterns - When The Pigs Fly
Basically, this is what you will need to create the table lanterns:

 - Empty, clean wine bottles
 Tiki torch replacement wicks
 - Citronella lamp oil (or general lamp oil)
 - A metal washer to fit the opening of your wine bottle
   (most, 1 3/8-inch)
 - Decorative GLASS beads (small enough to fit
   inside the wine bottle)
- A funnel

Basic instructions for creating the tabletop lanterns:

  • Fill your wine bottles ½- full with glass beads in the color of your choice
  • Insert the wick through the opening of the washer; leaving enough of the wick to light it 
  • Using the funnel, pour enough of the lamp oil into the wine bottle to cover half of the wick – do not over-fill the bottle

I have linked to each of the original projects so you can find complete instructions at each location.

Note:  For convenience, I have embedded links into the materials list & instructions that will take you to the products used in these projects.

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