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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