Gather your loved ones, I made something crafty . . .

I’m not a crafter.  I don’t have the patience for it.  And I usually end up gluing my fingers together or inhaling glitter.  But every once in a while, I find inspiration . . . and (shocker), wine is involved.

Lookie what I made . . . Wine Bottle Tiki Torches!


A couple of weeks ago, I saw a picture of wine bottle Tiki torches fly across my Pinterest page.  I re-pinned it, and vowed I’d get around to making it a week after never.  But after our Carpe Vinum Rosé study last Friday (wine and food pairings coming soon), I had a few really pretty, clear wine bottles leftover, and I remembered the torches.

The only thing about the Pinterest Tiki torches is that there were no directions.  No directions for me almost always spells imminent crafting doom.  But I was determined. How hard could it be?

Not hard.  I did it.

Here’s what you need:

  • A pretty, clear wine bottle(s)
  • Crafting pebbles
  • Tiki fuel
  • Tiki refill wicks
  • A brass coupling doohickey  (the 3/8″ x 1/4″ fits perfectly)

And here’s what you do:

  • Fill your wine bottle about 1/3 full with crafting pebbles
  • Insert the Tiki refill wick into the coupling doohickey
  • Fill the bottle with Tiki fuel
  • Insert the wick
  • Voila!  Wine Bottle Tiki Torches!!

Here’s the coupling doohickey I bought at Home Depot:

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A note about the crafting pebbles:  some pebbles are bigger than others — they won’t all fit into the wine bottle opening.  Where is the quality control in made-for-crafting pebbles? Urgh. You can always take the rejects and bedazzle a lamp shade.  Or follow my lead . . . and throw them straight into the recycling bin.


Shazaaam . . . they work!



  1. Very pretty. I like the idea of using the craft pebbles instead of rocks. It looks nicer in a clear bottle, otherwise rocks are fine. I would also suggest filling part of the way with water then add the torch fluid. It seems to last longer and if, by some chance it tips or falls over, the water will put out the flame.

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  2. Hi!

    My name is Jennifer Aldrich and I’m a writer for I’m writing an article about DIY crafts to do with wine bottles. I wondered if I could use a few photos of the tiki torch wine bottles, with credit and linked to your website for the article.



  3. Love these! Nice clear instructions… ‘doohickey’ is this an official technical term? 😘 lol I will be trying this out as soon as I find the relevant bottle, which I’m sure won’t take long. ‘hic’

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  4. Lack of directions & pictures is frustrating so thanks so much for being explicit. I thought there was something wrong with me – something everyone else knew that I didn’t!! (Paranoid a bit? Kinda.. I was so taking my meds!) So there are 2 of us. LOL!!! I’m building a bottle house & been saving bottles for years. These tiki torches are the perfect accessory. I think I’ll put sea shells in my torches as I have enuf shells to open my own beach. I filled my dish soap container about 1/3 full of white shells and with the blue soap, it’s so pretty. Maybe I’ll try adding blue food coloring to the tiki fuel/water mix. I downloaded the pic of the doohickey (those guys at Lowe’s just love that term, right?!?!) so I can show those idiots exactly what I need. I’m sure they’re a lot less expensive than the real wick holder, which I think is available at any craft store. (i.e.: Michael’s) So thanks very much for including that. You’re a gem! Jennifer Myers


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