I figured tiki torches would be good but I wasn't about to pay $5 a piece for cheap torches that don't really match the yard anyway. So I came up with this using things that are common around most houses. Admittedly most of the stuff in this instructable is nothing new; but I had never seen all of these components all together in one project so I thought I'd share it.
Step 1: Materials
-Jars with lids; what size is up to you
-Food coloring; I used liquid but I think paste works too
-School glue (like elmers)
-Old shirt (or some other wick material)
-Clear coat; I like the cheap rattle can stuff in gloss or high gloss
Optional: Wire for making handles to hang from
Step 2: Color the Glass
Step 3: Add the Wick
Poke holes in the centers of your lids using a nail, make sure the holes are big enough that the wicks can easily fit through but not so big that they will not stay put. You can see in the picture that I made my holes a little oblong, I did this by wiggling the nail side to side and I feel like it helps hold it in place with out restricting the upflow of the fuel.
Now just thread the wick through the hole so that there is about 1/4 in sticking out the top and it's ready to be put on the jar.
Step 4: Gloss/Seal
Lightly spray the clear coat onto the jars; too much will kind of wash the color off so be mindful of that.
Step 5: Put It All Together
Screw the lid on and let it sit for a few minutes to allow the fuel time to soak to the top of the wick.
Once it's soaked to the top you can begin using it, or you can make a simple handle out of wire for hanging it somewhere. I didn't do that to all of them because I wanted to place a few on the picnic table.
Anyway, they work great and I really like how they ended up looking. I hope you like it too and thanks for reading!