Upcycle Emergency Torch




The following set of instructions will allow you to successfully make an emergency torch like the one shown in the picture. The idea behind this torch is to use materials already present in your house.

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Step 1: Materials

1. Wine bottle

2. Newspaper/magazine

3. Stones or colored marbles (optional)

4. Cooking oil

5. Matches or lighter

6. Knife

7. Ruler

Step 2: Drain Wine Bottle

Drain bottle of wine remnant to ensure that it is dry.

Step 3: Saturate the Wick With Oil

Rub cooking oil all over the newspaper/magazine (wick) until the paper is saturated.

Step 4: Fill Lamp With Oil

  1. Half fill the wine bottle with colored marbles/stones (optional)
  2. Half fill the wine bottle with cooking oil.

Step 5: Creating the Wick

  1. Fold the newspaper in two.
  2. Roll the newspaper until the circumference is almost the same size as the circumference of the mouth of the wine bottle.

Step 6: Insert Wick

  1. Push the rolled newspaper inside the wine bottle leaving approximately one inch exposed.
  2. Use the knife to help push the newspaper inside the bottle (optional).

Step 7: Light the Wick

Light the newspaper.


Turn the bottle upside down to get oil on the newspaper whenever the flame starts to grow dim. When the paper gets burned down to a quarter of an inch, out the torch and wait on the paper to cool. When the paper is cooled, pull same up (using your fingers) until you have approximately one inch of paper exposed.



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    6 Discussions


    1 year ago

    Handy tutorilal. but.......

    Why is everybody always assuming that everybody has always empty wine bottles in the house? Why are people that don't have wine bottles being discriminated?

    Why should it be a WINE bottle? What's so special on them? Can't you use another bottle? F.e. an olive oil bottle?

    1 reply

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thanks for your comment. You can use another bottle with similar mouth circumference.


    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you Marcia! Yes, this could come in useful when JPS turns off the electricity :)


    1 year ago

    You could decorate the bottle too if you want to keep it long term. I've seen some really pretty wine bottle candle holders. :)

    1 reply

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you for your feedback. Much appreciated.