Tiki-torches for Everyone!




Introduction: Tiki-torches for Everyone!

About: Justin Tyler Tate is an artist, designer, animator, teacher, jeweler and maker/hacker who produces with thoughts of culture, science and interactivity.

Whether it's hot or cold outside, or even in between, you can still have an outdoor party with Tiki-torches.

The materials you'll need are:
- Some twine or thin rope
- One glass bottle which fits loosely inside one plastic bottle
- One long stick, dowel, sapling or thin tree branch (about 1in/2.5cm in Diameter and at least 3ft/1m long)
- Oil (any kind will do)
- Some cotton
- Reeds, long grasses or possibly pliable branches 
- The foil casing from a used Tea Candle 

The tools you'll need are:
- (maybe) a pair of scissors
- A knife

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Step 1: Whittle Me Tinder.

Carve away at your long stick, dowel, sapling or thin tree branch so that the plastic bottle fits tightly onto one end.

Step 2: You're Going to Rip Yourself a New Bottle-hole If You Continue.

Cut the plastic bottle around where it would reach the neck of the glass bottle(if you were to insert the glass bottle into the plastic bottle).

Step 3: Wrap the Bottle.

Now tie your reeds/long grasses around your glass bottle so that the long end is sticking up above the opening of the bottle/so that the grass/reeds end near the base of the bottle.

Step 4: Bottle Mouth.

Insert the glass bottle, wrapped in the grasses/reeds, into the plastic bottle; it should fit snugly. The majority of the grasses/reeds should be sticking up out of the plastic bottle, giving the appearance of a witches broom. Bend the reeds/grasses over the rim of the plastic bottle and tie them where the plastic bottle meets the stick.

Step 5: Tie One Off.

Tie the reeds/grasses tightly again near the neck of the glass bottle or where you cut the plastic bottle.

After it's tightly tied trim the reeds/grasses an inch or so/a few centimeters from the wrappings of rope/twine; you can then take whatever scraps or reeds/grasses and shove them between the glass bottle and plastic.

Step 6: Wick It!

Cut a wick from some old cotton about a centimeter wide.

Step 7: Shut Your (bottle) Mouth.

Take the foil casing of the used tea candle and put a hole in it so that your wick will fit snugly. I thought it would be sensible to use the plastic cap, because it fit nicely over the glass bottle, but realized before testing the torch that it may be a bad idea. \

I used a beer bottle but depending on the mouth of your bottle you may have to find a different solution; You could also use the original beer cap for this but my original beer cap was ceramic so that wasn't really an option.

Add oil to your bottle; you can buy specialty oils for lanterns/lamps/tiki-torches but I just used regular vegetable oil - I believe any oil will work.

Crimp the tea candle to fit tightly over the mouth of the bottle.

Step 8: Wet Your Wick.

Try to get the oil to soak up the wick as much as possible and pull the wick out until you there's an inch/a couple of centimeters of wet wick coming out of the cap you made; trim the dry portion off.

Step 9: Bask in the Tropical Ambiance...

Take it out, stick it in the ground, and light your torch; bask in the tropical ambiance you've created.

*an unintentional advantage of this design, I noticed, was that the glass bottle/jar can be easily removed in case you want/need to exchange it and nothing else will change (so long as you didn't tie the twine/rope too high up the glass, like on the neck if it's a bottle your using

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    4 Discussions


    4 years ago

    Replace the plastic bottle with a new style aluminum bottle can or use a tin can and punch a hole in center of the bottom of the can and use a washer and a screw it to your "pole" and use a bottle with a screw on top


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Question: instead of using a tea lite tin, do you think it would work with tin foil? or a couple of layers of tin foil?


    7 years ago on Introduction

    This is a great idea; not only cost effective but definitely looks so much better than some store bought tiki; kudos!! Can't wait to attempt my making one!!


    7 years ago on Step 7

    Depending on the ignition point of the oil.
    Different oils will work worse or better depending on it.
    baby oil probably wouldn't work as well as olive oil or Vegetable oil.