How to Build a DIY Wine Bottle Tiki Torch — by Home Repair Tutor

By Brian Lemay 18 comments

Learning how to build a DIY wine bottle Tiki
torch is pretty easy and straightforward. I bet you, though, that you can do it better
than I can. So check out some of my tips in this video. And before you know it, you’ll
have this bad boy built in probably about half an hour. Let’s get to it.
Here are all the supplies that you’re going to need. Tiki fuel, wine bottle, beer bottle,
sand, replacement wick, scissors, bronze flange, and funnel. As you can see, this is the bronze
flange that I’m using. It’s specific size for the wine bottle, and I do recommend that
you take the wine bottle with you to the store. I know it looks weird, but that way you’ll
know the flange will fit inside the bottle. Because as you can see here, I have a beer
bottle that I can make a DIY beer bottle Tiki torch out of, but the flange doesn’t fit
inside of it, which kind of stinks. So anyhow, take that bronze flange. Wrap about
10 to 12 revolutions around it with the Teflon tape. Tear off the tape with your hand, and
there you go. You have a flange with a nice seal with the top of the wine bottle. But
don’t put the flange in just yet because what we’re going to do is fill up the wine
bottle with some sand. This will weight down the wine bottle and prevent it from being
blown away by the wind. You can do the exact same thing with the beer bottle, too.
Take the same funnel, put it in your wine bottle, and fill up the bottle with Tiki fuel,
which will also repel mosquitoes. You can find these Tiki torch wick replacements in
the garden section of any home store. Feed the wick up through the bronze flange. Plop
the flange down into the [wine] bottle. Seal it tight with the top of the bottle. Cut the
wick to about 1 inch above the flange, and all you have to do now is let it absorb for
about 10 to 15 minutes and light the wick. Over time, I wanted to show you the sand does
settle, and the Tiki fuel looks clear. Now you’ve got an awesome looking conversation
piece. All right, well there you go. That’s how
you build either a DIY wine bottle Tiki torch or DIY beer bottle Tiki torch. All the tips
and tricks are the same for either or, and you can put it on your tabletop without it
blowing over. So it’s pretty sweet. All right, I hope that you liked this video.
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May 5, 2015, 12:57 pm Reply

Cool project.  Great job on the video. Thanks Jeff.


May 5, 2015, 8:52 pm Reply

This got me fired up to start finishing some projects in my backyard.  Summer is coming, after all.

I could use some help with a gas fire pit.  I've got a large pit with a gas line running directly from the meter to the pit.  So far, the pit is just stubbed out and I've been putting off getting burners/fire rings, mainly because they're going to be crazy expensive for how big this thing is.  One thing I haven't been able to find though: When putting the fire rings under sand/rock, how far below the sand should the burners be buried?  I know too high will defeat the purpose, but too deep can cause explosions and other problems.  Tips?

Brian S

May 5, 2015, 4:52 am Reply

Great idea


May 5, 2015, 6:29 pm Reply

love it, so cool!


May 5, 2015, 10:02 pm Reply

Nice job Jeff.  Great idea.


Jul 7, 2015, 1:49 am Reply

will this work with plastic or glass gems?

Kevin Page

Apr 4, 2016, 2:45 am Reply

Fun idea! Definitely going to make some of these bad boys for my outdoor table. Thanks for sharing!

Jason Fairfield

Apr 4, 2016, 6:56 pm Reply

very nice

charlie chim

May 5, 2016, 5:18 pm Reply

Can I replace the teflon tape and torch wick replacement with something else? Thank you! 🙂

Maribel Cantu

Jun 6, 2016, 4:21 pm Reply

Great idea!

jeff Sessige

Jun 6, 2016, 4:42 am Reply

Basicly a molotov cocktail

UnderneathTheBottle Wine Sommelier

Aug 8, 2016, 12:30 pm Reply

Cool! will definitely try that with some of my empty bottles.


Nov 11, 2016, 2:50 am Reply

Short fat bottles work the best, also tall bottles will go out before all of the reel burns due to the length of travel up the longer wick.


Jan 1, 2017, 10:52 pm Reply

Is there a better mix for weight for this? like something that wont absorb the fuel? Like maybe still use sand but then add resin after to create a seal from the sand to the fuel. And how about the heat in relation to the bottle? Is there any safety concerns with that and prolonged use? Because I don't want to set my backyard on fire because the bottle explodes after 10 hours or so lol


Apr 4, 2017, 5:39 pm Reply

Excellent project,Thanks…One (probably Dumb) question,Is there any concern of the bottle heating up,and breaking?


Jun 6, 2017, 2:51 am Reply

Can I use a shoelace instead?


Mar 3, 2019, 5:09 pm Reply

Don't the sand will suck down the tiki fuel?

His Booboo

Aug 8, 2019, 4:50 pm Reply

So I made 4 if these. I cannot keep them lit
I have to relight them literally every few mintues. I've had them for 2 years so I know the fluid soaked the wick. Plz help, I don't want to throw them away

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