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!

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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.

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Shazaaam . . . they work!

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Salud!

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