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 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.
WINE BOTTLE CITRONELLA CANDLES
HOW TO MAKE WINE BOTTLE CITRONELLA CANDLES
- Glass bottles (almost any 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.
Wrap the 1/2-inch (wider) end of your coupling with teflon tape so it will fit snuggly into the mouth of the bottle.
The idea is to wrap just a bit more than you’ll need so 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 down firmly just yet.
Remove the wrapped coupling and slide the replacement wick through, leave about 1/2″ of the wick sticking out of the top to light.
Place your funnel in the mouth of the bottle and carefully add your torch fluid. You don’t need a funnel for this step, but it drastically reduces the amount of torch fluid that spills on the outside of your bottle -and that is a major plus in my book! Be sure not to fill the bottle all the way full so that when you place the wick in it won’t 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 let us know how you like it!
Add your wick and press in on the teflon tape so the coupling makes a tight fit.
Keep the copper cap on when the torch is not in use so the wick stays dry. 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!17