DIY Tiki Torch Bottles


In honor of all the Labor Day BBQs that are going down this weekend, we’ve created DIY tiki torches out of classic American liquor bottles. I originally spotted this idea at my friend Todd’s fiesta party and being the party enthusiast I am, it was a “tell me how you did that right now or I’ll won’t put out my desserts” situation… just kidding ; ) To my surprise they’re incredibly easy to make! There’s a wonderful shop on Etsy called Harvest Moon Shoppes who make the custom copper wick tips and caps. They’re only $12 for two so you can’t go wrong! I ordered four and then headed to the mart to find some classic Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey bottles that would make a statement and look beautiful sitting out. The light and atmosphere they create is stunning. I’ve always been a fan of tiki torches, but now you can bring that perfect party lighting to any event… not just a luau!

What you need
Two custom tiki torch wicks from Harvest Moon Shoppes.
Bottles with the same size opening as a beer or wine bottle.
Tiki torch fluid

Since you’ll need the bottles empty, you can use a bottle that’s already been tapped into : ) or empty the alcohol into an airtight jar to keep it
Wash the bottles with water
Fill the bottom of the bottle with water, just below the wick, don’t let the wick touch the water
Then fill the bottle with tiki fluid
Drench the wick in tiki torch fluid and then place it back in the bottle
Light away from people, trees or anything else that may be hazardous
When you’re done, blow the flame out and then place the copper cap back on the wick

Be safe and enjoy!

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67 responses to DIY Tiki Torch Bottles

  1. viv
    August 27, 2013

    Oh my gosh. I have like 50 empty whiskey bottles and have been trying to figure out what to do with them. This is perfect!

    Maybe I can actually sell the bottles on craigslist now that I have a suggestion for use. Thanks for the post today!

    1. SGH
      June 21, 2014

      Me too viv, I have a few bottle of wine that I think I need to finish as well. Very cool idea. FH

  2. Gijo
    September 3, 2013

    These look fabulous. Just wondering though… Why do you need to put water in first?

    1. September 7, 2013

      Hello Gijo
      The water is used to help conserve oil. You can fill the bottle with water up to the bottom of the wick and then fill the rest of the way with oil. The oil will float on top of the water.

      1. Patty
        August 21, 2017

        Instead of water in the bottom can you substitute rocks or sand ?

        1. Eden
          August 25, 2017

          We have never tried that! Not sure if that would work though…

  3. September 17, 2013

    Love this idea. Where do I get the cooper caps from?

    1. Eden
      September 17, 2013
      1. September 17, 2013

        Thank you so for your quick response Eden. I love this website, I found a lot GREAT ideas.

        1. Eden
          September 17, 2013

          You’re welcome!! Thank you for the sweet comment! SO happy you’ve found some good ideas on S&C!! 🙂

  4. Pedro Rodríguez
    October 16, 2013

    Pero no tienen nada más que muy buenas ideas los felicito.

  5. sandy
    April 2, 2014

    I am So. Intrigued. By this idea, would love to see more:

  6. Millicent
    May 31, 2014

    I love this idea

  7. June 1, 2014

    This is so rad!
    Makes for a fun Summer host gift too 😉

  8. Sandy
    June 7, 2014

    Where else can i purchase the copper stoppers and wicks? I am not a patient person with ordering. I prefer to go buy the stuff and start….any suggestions?

    1. Eden
      June 8, 2014

      Hi Sandy! Right now I only know of the few places online that sell them. You could try making your own with materials from a hardware store if you think it’s something you’d be able to do. Otherwise, I would just order them and hopefully they’ll get to you within a few days.

      1. Kimberly
        June 24, 2014

        I can not find the tops on Etsy – can you give a link to where the tops can be bought.

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  10. Tracy
    August 1, 2014

    These are very cool. What is the reason for putting the water in the bottom of the bottle?

  11. Karen
    August 16, 2014

    Where do you get the copper or metal piece that sits inside the bottle and feed the wick into?

  12. TAMMYD
    April 15, 2017

    Tried them. Love them. Made my own wick holders from brass fittings out of the plumbing department. Used food coloring to make my bourbon brownish.

  13. KEITH
    May 4, 2017

    Where do i buy & build the caps for the bottles thank you

    1. Eden
      May 14, 2017

      Hi! We linked a place on Etsy you can buy them in the post.

  14. Mark
    May 20, 2017

    Have scotch bottle with the wooden/cork tops….can those still be used or do i have to use the copper fittings to hold the wicks? Have tried but wick wont stay lit..

  15. Len
    June 5, 2017

    Am I the only who thinks this is really dangerous? They could get knocked over very easily, especially if you are having a party, and people have had a few drinks.

  16. Texasgal
    August 4, 2017

    Kinda confused could you please explain if water stays in bottle when pouring tiki fluid maybe it’s just me but I don’t understand what the water is for if. It to touch the wik please help

  17. Karla
    November 26, 2017

    Question: Did you glue or cement the ring to the top of the bottle?

    1. Eden
      November 27, 2017

      We did not, it just fit nicely in there.

  18. Madison
    August 15, 2018

    Hello! Just wondering how long a standard whiskey bottle would last??

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