Citronella Wine Torches

We spend almost everyday in our garden as soon as the weather permits.  
We love the garden.
So do the mosquitos!!!

So when I saw this idea on pinterest I knew that it was something that we needed in our garden.

I had plenty of wine bottles saved (imagine that).
So I looked up the items needed and off to the home improvement store I went.

Well, 2 hours later I found all of the items.

1--Tiki replacement wick
2--copper spray paint
3-- 1” Split Ring Hanger (threaded for 3/8”-16 thread rod)
4--1/2” Copper Cap
5--1/2” x 3/8” Copper Coupling
6--Two #10 x 1” Zinc Plated Screws
7--Two Hex Nuts (threaded for 3/8”-16 thread rod)
8--Top Plate Connector (threaded for 3/8”-16 thread rod)
9--Teflon Tape 1/2”
10--3/8”-16 Zinc Plated Threaded Rod, 12 inches each
11--empty wine bottle

To make the torches---

Clean the label from the wine bottle.  
  Wrap the large end of the coupling with your Teflon Tape. Make sure to keep the tape tight and smooth.  You want a smooth, even surface.   Build the tape until it fits snugly into the opening of your bottle. You don't want it to fall into the bottle.

  Insert the wick into the coupling until it sticks out about 1/4”.

Use a funnel to fill the bottle with citronella oil.
Insert the wick and coupling in the bottle and twist it into place.

  Unscrew the split ring hanger on one side and position the bottle neck into the ring.  You may want to add a little bit of double sided tape to keep it extra secure.

   Insert the bottle into the hanger and tighten down the hanger evenly on both sides. You may need to loosen the other side to make sure both sides are an even tightness. (Don’t over tighten the hanger. You don’t want to break the glass.)

For the Hanger---

 Decide where you want to mount your torch. ( We decided that we wanted to mount them on the back brick wall of our rock patio, so we had to use brick mounts.)  
 Position the top plate connector on your mounting surface and mark the holes for where the screws will go. It’s easier to keep it level if you pre-drill your screws first.

(I painted all of my parts copper to match the other cap and I liked how it looks.)
Once the connector is mounted, screw in the rod until it stops.

Thread the hex nuts onto the rod and tighten all the way down.  The rod will meet the connector plate.  Leave the other hex nut at the front so you can use it to secure the hanger.

Thread the hanger just enough so the the rod is flush with the inside of the ring. 

(You could use a shorter rod, but we are growing ivy on our back wall and don't want to set it on fire.  If it is somewhere that nothing is flammable around it, I would use a shorter rod.)

I think that they turned out great.  
Very simple easy idea. 
Hopefully they will help at keeping our mosquitos at bay.

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  1. This is a very cool idea - pinning it for sure!!


  2. This is so funny - we did the exact same thing several weeks ago, using my leftover Scotch bottles! They're shorter & fatter than wine bottles, so we just set them on the corners of the hot tub, and they burn great! (still have some mosquitoes; maybe it helps???)

    1. I bet the scotch bottles look neat. Good idea. I don't know about you, but every little bit helps. They are already so bad this year.

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    1. Thanks!! They weren't very hard to make and I love how they look.

  4. These looks so cool and simple to make!!

  5. Oh my goodness! LOVE this idea...and it looks so cool too!

  6. You are such a SMART lady. This may be the best blogging idea of all time. :)

    1. HAHA. You are too funny. Thanks for the compliment though. Hopefully they will help with our horrible mosquito problem.


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