Safe Tiki torch / water bottle light!

At an Order of the Arrow (OA) ceremony  I was at a scout got too close to a Tiki torch and his head dress caught the flames, it was quickly put out only one feather went up. But it got me thinking there must be a way to preserve the ceremony but take out the danger of fire near these expensive Indian head dresses. To that point: 

A few years back, a company named Guyot made a product called firefly a Nalgene bottle light. They have since stopped making it. I and my son have one as do a quite a few scouts in my troop. They looked really cool coming across a parade field at night in complete darkness. I thought what if you attached one to the end of a Tiki torch stick. I did this last summer for camp and it was a hit. The two OA leaders loved it, they used throughout camp for night events.

So given they cannot be gotten, I decided to make one. 

Also you could make this into a camp / deck lamp if you just cover the base, another idea was to place foil in the bottle to deflect light. 
Other items can be put in the bottle shrunken heads or alien action figures for Halloween.  Yellow and red work well, try it out and have fun.


Bamboo Tiki Torch.
Nagline Bottle  (Yellow Red and Blue seem best)
1/8 inch Jute Twine
Dot It light ( Home Depot Black ~$7
Clear plastic sheet can be any type you only need about 4x4 inches 

 2 inch Hole saw (drill bit)
Utility knive

Fist take Tiki torch apart, leave the bottom wire  loop in place. 

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Thats phenomenal.

motherprune1 month ago

Thats astonishing...

Its tremendous

mousepaper1 month ago

Thats very good


amazedgreen1 month ago

Thats phenomenal.

fastbobble1 month ago

Thats useful

gorgeddamp1 month ago


Thats wonderful...

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airbugger2 months ago

Thats grand...

Thats phenomenal...

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grousebandit2 months ago

Thats amazing

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spongeraffle3 months ago

Its interesting :)

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Mariska Botha10 months ago
This is Amazing!!
BunnyRoger10 months ago
Awesome idea, DEFINITELY gonna try this.
Amanda Culbert10 months ago
I love this hey, would look amazing in all different colored lights around the garden and brilliant idea on taking it camping.
MAApleton10 months ago
Oh wow, thanks for sharing, looks so so cool. Would love to use this at parties.
My Diet Area11 months ago
Theigners1 year ago
Looks amazing, thanks for sharing
mounces1 year ago
Awesome! You could buy different shaped and sized bottles, too; even make a wire or mesh (potato bag?) carrier and handle--that would be awesome for carrying around at a camp site! Great, great idea! Thanks
puskarich1 year ago
How much battery life do you get out of the LEDs?
old_alex (author)  puskarich1 year ago
I have not recorded the battery life, the boys used them every night for a week no issue. I have it at home, while I am not having using it much due to sub 10 degree temps it is working and very bright. Looking on the web the Sylvania Dot-it claims 100+ hours on AAA batteries.

If you can find the Firefly, it has one more feature that the Dot-it does not it dims, I love that thing, camping / backpacking once a month I replace the batteries about once a year.

Thanks for sharing. As a Scouter, I too will blatantly capitalize on this great idea... but give credit where it is due.

Definitely a cool, fun and safe way to spread light during a Scouting ceremony.

About the only thing I would improve upon is a switch in the lid to turn on/off the light without having to replacing the cap. This would avoid spilling water, which would hamper the effect and where refilling may not be practical in certain situations.
That looks great, what a cool idea!

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