I think it’s safe to say the holiday season is OFFICIALLY upon us. My local Walmart and Target have officially condensed Halloween and Thanksgiving decor into one aisle and Christmas has TAKEN OVER. I think it’s funny how the stores waste NO time capitalizing on Christmas. I wouldn’t be surprised if Walmart has a Christmas tree on display at the front door within a week or so. Insane!
Annnnnywho… if you’re like me… holidays = wine. …and I’m always game for repurposing items…. so when I saw this idea last year to reuse wine bottles, I was SUPER excited. I’m sure lots of you have seen it around, but just in case you haven’t, I couldn’t help but share the genius! I forwarded the picture to my Dad and what do you know….. a couple months later he showed up at my house with enough supplies to make 6! Wasn’t that UH-mazing of him?!
This is the second post in a row that one of my family members has made for me. What can I say… I come from a long line of craftiness. So for those of you with kiddos… get them involved with making things… it’s amazing how it will stick with you later in life. Ok – that’s it for Hallmark moments in this post. Lets get to work.
Wine Bottle Tiki Torches
Step One – Drink a bottle of wine…. or MANY bottles of wine depending on how many torches you want. Give me a ring if you need help with this part. I’d be happy to help. Yup… I’m nice like that.
Step Two – Follow the instructions at this kick butt site. I did take step-by-step photos with the extra pieces my Dad gave me, but my lack of technical terminology would just make you sound as silly as I do if you had to ask for help finding fittings at Lowes! By now I’m pretty sure all of the employees there have realized I’m a bit off my rocker…. I know for a fact the Lumber guys have!
I hate to waste step-by-step pics… so here’s proof that I took them! …..BUT remember…. check out this site for the play-by-play.
After you mount the plate to the fence or post, you’re ready to fill the bottles with oil. Fit a wick into the copper plumbing tape piece and work that into the bottle mouth. Then slide the bottle neck into the mounted collar and tighten. After a few minutes, light the wick and enjoy!
The photos below were taken after the wine bottles spent a season on the fence. You’ll see rust and the tops of the burnt wicks. Just keeping it real! I think if you sprayed the fittings to seal/waterproof them you might be able to slow/stop the rust if it’s not your thing. Doesn’t bother me one bit though!
I love them! Definitely an easy projet that will be a great conversation piece for your yard. I went with all blue bottles, but it would look great to mix it up with different shapes and colors too.
Have a great weekend everyone! …and start saving those wine bottles!