Liquor Bottle Tiki Torches

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I saw a picture of the cutest liquor bottle tiki torches online a while back and have been dying to make some ever since! Living in the south, mosquitoes are a real problem. Not to mention the fact that they are the size of pterodactyls. Seriously, they are that big. So, anytime I can find a cute way to repel those suckers, I’m all for it. This is a great way to use up old liquor bottles. I never throw any of them away.

The first step in this super easy DIY project is to select your bottle(s). If you have more than one, you could make a very cute set. If you have, for example, three different kinds of Jack Daniels, you could have a fun trio to display. As for me, I chose this Fireball bottle.

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You will also need Teflon tape and a 1/2 x 3/8 copper coupling. You can find both of these things at your local hardware store.

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Wrap the bottom of the fitting in Teflon tape until it is thick enough to fit in the bottle without falling to the bottom. Once it fits, I typically pull it out, put a bit of sealant around it and slide it in. It is okay if the sealant pops out at the top, just smooth it around and it will keep moisture from getting into the bottle and mixing with your fuel.

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After the seal is dry, pour in your oil of choice. I used plain citronella oil, but there are more varieties for you to choose from. All you have to do at this point is slip your wick in and you are good to go.


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Make sure you store your lamp somewhere safe. If it falls over and any oil slips out, it can make your labels come off of the bottle. Not to mention the mess it will create! This is such cute way to keep the bugs away, especially when you are entertaining guests. It will make a good conversation piece as well. Be warned, though, your friends will definitely want you to make them some once they see yours!

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