This is a great craft to decorate your outdoor living space while helping keep the bugs away. You can virtually write anything you want on the bottles and paint them your favorite colors.
- 1 wine bottle (750 mL)
- 1 hot glue gun
- 1 bag of hot glue sticks
- 1 bottle of torch fuel (1.89L)
- 1 can of Krylon Colormaster paint+primer in your favorite color (15 oz)
- 1 - 1/2" copper cap
- 1 - 1/2" x 3/8" copper coupling
- 1 roll of PTFE Thread Seal Tape (260")
- 1 - 1/2" x 8 5/8" fiberglass wick
- 1 bag of round glass marbles (approximately 21 oz)
- 1 lighter (not pictured)
- 1 funnel (not pictured)
- 1 pair of scissors (not pictured)
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Step 1: Prepare Wine Bottle
Remove all labels from wine bottle. Wash inside and exterior thoroughly so no residue remains. Soap and warm water will usually work well.
Step 2: Decorate Wine Bottle
Note: This step includes the use of a hot glue gun that could cause burns. Use caution as necessary.
Using the hot glue gun, create a design of your choice directly onto the bottle. Remove any stray glue strands so they do not interfere with the next step.
Step 3: Spray Paint the Decorated Bottle
Note: This step involves the use of spray paint which can have harmful side effects if not used properly. Make sure you perform this step in a well-ventilated area with proper lighting and follow the instructions on the can. The paint is permanent and will leave marks on surfaces if not fully dried first.
Evenly coat the wine bottle with one application of spray paint, making sure you get the edges of the hot glue covered as well.
Step 4: Prepare the Wick
Once the bottle has dried, begin preparing the wick. Wrap the 1/2" tape around the 1/2" part of the coupling approximately 15 times. You want this to fit snugly in the top of the bottle but be able to remove as needed to refill the torch fuel or replace the wick. You will need to cut the tape with a pair of scissors. Shove wick throw the 1/2" end and out the 3/8" end to approximately 1/2" sticking out.
Step 5: Adding Fuel to the Bottle
Note: Torch oil can be harmful if swallowed. Follow instructions on bottle to ensure safety. The torch fuel can have stripping effects on certain surfaces. Be careful as to not overfill the bottle or spill on anything.
Add glass marbles to bottle until wick sticks out approximately an inch. This will ensure that the wick will never fall in and will absorb the torch oil well. Fill bottle with torch oil to approximately two inches from the top using a funnel.
Step 6: Inserting Wick and Lighting
Note: This step involves the use of a lighter. Be cautious and use safely according to the instructions listed on the packaging.
Firmly insert the wick with coupling into the top of the bottle. It's ok if a little of the tape shows. Make sure wick is about 1/2" above coupling. Allow to absorb the torch fuel sufficiently, about 12 hours. Light with lighter and enjoy. The copper cap is for when you are not using so that water does not penetrate the wick.
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