Summer nights should be magical and free of pesky, buzzing mosquitos, but if you’re anywhere east of the Rockies this probably isn’t your fate. Along with a few bug-repelling plants, you can reduce the annoyance factor by enjoying a bottle of wine and then recycling it into a beautiful and useful citronella candle. Plus, you can make your outdoor entertaining area look just a bit more classy by replacing your old, weathered tiki torches with your beautiful, colorful wine bottles. Here’s how to make your own wine bottle citronella candles.
HOW TO MAKE WINE BOTTLE CITRONELLA CANDLES
- Glass bottles (almost any kind of glass bottle will work, just be sure it’s not too thin)
- 1/2-inch replacement torch wicks
- 1/2-inch x 3/8-inch copper coupling with stop
- 1/2-inch copper tube cap
- 1/2-inch teflon tape
- 1-2 bags of marbles (I found mine at the dollar store!)
- Tiki fuel
- 1/2-inch funnel (optional, but it sure helps!)
Place 1-2 bags of marbles in the bottom of your wine bottle. Small rocks work well too, just be sure you put something in the bottom of your bottle to keep the wick from falling through and landing at the bottom of the bottle.
Wrap the 1/2-inch (wider) end of your coupling with teflon tape so it will fit snuggly into the mouth of the wine bottle.
The idea is to wrap just a bit more than you’ll need so that you can press it down into place after you fill the bottle with torch fluid. Set the wrapped coupling in place but don’t press it down firmly just yet.
Remove the wrapped coupling and slide the replacement wick through, leave about 1/2 inch of the wick sticking out of the top. This is what you will light.
Place your funnel into the mouth of the wine bottle and carefully add the torch fluid. You don’t need a funnel for this step, but it drastically reduces the amount of torch fluid that will spill onto the outside of your bottle – and that is a major plus in my book! Be sure to not fill the bottle all the way full; when you place the wick into the bottle you don’t want the oil to overflow.
I was able to find a homemade recipe for tiki torch fuel that uses distilled water, isopropyl alcohol, and fragrance, but I didn’t test it out – if you try it out, let us know how you like it!
Add your wick and press in on the teflon tape so the coupling makes a tight fit with the bottle.
Keep the copper cap on when the torch is not in use so the wick stays dry. Light the candle and enjoy a mosquito free evening! Just be sure to keep your glass of wine a safe distance away from your new candle.
It’s a good idea to never leave your torch unattended and be especially careful if you’ve got little ones running around who could tip the torch over!750