How to Make Cute Wine Bottle Tiki Torches & Repel Mosquitoes

10 Materials
30 Minutes

With summer comes bugs, and more annoyingly, mosquitos! Thankfully, this summer I will have these nice DIY wine bottle tiki torches for my outdoor table when my husband and I entertain guests. Here's how to make them:

DIY wine bottle tiki torch
Supplies for the DIY project

Disclaimer: Hometalk may receive a small affiliate commission from purchases made via Amazon links in this article but at no cost to you.

Filling the wine bottle with marbles

1. Fill the wine bottle

First step, you'll want to fill your wine bottle with marbles or rocks.

Tip: If you don't have any blank wine bottles around, simply take an empty wine bottle, soak it in hot soapy water, peel the labels off, then take a Brillo or SOS pad and remove the remaining adhesive.

Pouring the tiki torch fuel

2. Pour the tiki torch fuel into the bottle

Next, pour your tiki torch fuel into your wine bottle. You don't have to use a funnel but I did to avoid spillage.

You could also make your own DIY tiki torch fuel using vegetable oil and a blend of mosquito-repelling essential oils.

Adding tape to the copper coupling

3. Make the wick

After your bottle is full (right about to where the bottle curves into the neck), take your Teflon tape and wrap it around the wide end of your copper coupling (1/2"x3/8").

I chose a wine bottle that had a wine opening so I wrapped the tape and kept fitting it in the mouth of the bottle until it was snug.

Next, slide your wick into the coupling.

Adding the wick to the wine bottle tiki torch

Then, place your wick into the bottle, ensuring that the coupling fits snuggly.

Adding E6000 glue to a terra cotta saucer

4. Glue to a saucer for stability (optional)

The next step is optional but I wanted to give my tiki torch a little more stability so I adhered it to a 4" terra cotta saucer.

E6000 on a terra cotta saucer

Simply apply a strong adhesive such as E6000 to the saucer, then place your wine bottle on the saucer and let it sit to dry.

Wine bottle tiki torch

Wine bottle tiki torches

Since I live very close to the beach, I decided to add a little leftover jute rope I had handy as well as a seashell, using E6000 adhesive.

Dress up your bottle however you'd like and enjoy a night outside with fewer bites!

Note: use the 1/2" copper cap to place over your coupling when your torch isn't being used.

What do you think of these wine bottle tiki torches? Let me know in the comments below.

How to Keep Mosquitoes Away For Good

For more information about getting rid of these pesky critters using DIY hacks and natural methods, check out our guide on how to keep mosquitoes away without using harmful chemicals.

Resources for this project:
1/2"x3/8" copper coupling
See all materials
Any price and availability information displayed on [relevant Amazon Site(s), as applicable] at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.
Hometalk may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page.More info
Frequently asked questions
Have a question about this project?
3 of 35 questions
  • Jeanette Jeanette on Nov 29, 2018

    How full do you put the marbles

  • R R on Apr 02, 2019

    How much wine should I drink while doing this to get the most fun out of the project?

  • Angie Truesdell Morris Angie Truesdell Morris on Jan 15, 2023

    I did this but I didn’t use the tape. When it rained water got in and the fluid was too watered down to light. I had to dump all of the citronella liquid out. Does the tape stop the rain from getting in?

Join the conversation
2 of 76 comments
  • Dee Dee on Jan 22, 2023

    This is a great project with spring coming and mosquitoes buzzing. I can get buzzed while making these LOL

  • Teri Vinson Teri Vinson on Sep 16, 2023

    You really don't have to take the label off. There are some that would add to your theme and décor. But I would put some clear sealer over it. How about an old Chianti bottle with the basket on the bottom.