How to make a wine bottle tiki torch

Updated February 21, 2017

Citronella candles or torches filled with citronella oil are often used in outdoor settings to deter flying insects like mosquitoes. In addition, the light from these can add a festive touch to an outdoor gathering. This variation on that theme employs empty wine or beer bottles to make tiki torches. Construction is simple, and you can easily find the supplies you need.

Wrap nylon plumbing thread tape around the narrow end of the copper pipe fitting until it fits snugly into the mouth of the wine bottle. The fit should be solid enough that it doesn't fall out easily, but loose enough that you can remove it easily for refilling the oil.

Push the wick through the pipe fitting and pull enough through so the wick will extend to the bottom of the bottle. Trim excess off the other side of the wick so that 1/2 inch of wick extends out the other end.

Fill the bottle about 1/2 full of citronella oil.

Insert the wick and pipe fitting. Let the oil soak into the wick for about an hour. Light the torch and enjoy.


Place your torches where they won't easily be knocked over.

Things You'll Need

  • Empty wine bottle
  • 1/2 to 3/8 inch copper pipe coupler
  • Nylon plumbing thread tape
  • Replacement tiki torch wick
  • Citronella oil
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Based in Virginia, Nichole Liandi has been a freelance writer since 2005. Her articles have appeared on various print and online publications. Liandi has traveled extensively in Europe and East Asia and incorporates her experiences into her articles. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from West Virginia University.