Happy Friday TWIPS! For those of you that have weddings this weekend, we wish you the utmost success. For those that don’t, you may want to try your hands at this easy DIY project. While I was wedding planning I collected wine bottles in hopes of using them in the big day. As a lover of wine I thought it would be fun to incorporate the bottles and it would be a great way to recycle them. I envisioned tons of them with candles, possibly hanging from the rafters of our venue. Unfortunately the plans didn’t work out as we were worried about having a major wax mess on our hands. We did have a few mixed in here and there but I would have loved to have seen them used to light up the space. When I came across this project recently on Design Sponge, I was thrilled to see there was an alternative to simply sticking a pillar candle in the top. The best part: the cost of this project is less than $5 assuming you already have the bottle.
*First, use caution. These are for outdoor use only.
1. Empty Wine Bottle (You can use any bottle you like as long as it’s glass and the neck is 1” in diameter. Be clever!)
2. Teflon Tape 1/2”
3. Copper Top Plate Connector (threaded for 3/8”-16 thread rod)
4. 1” Split Ring Hanger (threaded for 3/8”-16 thread rod)
5. 1/2” x 3/8” Copper Coupling
6. 1/2” Copper Cap
7. Two Hex Nuts (threaded for 3/8”-16 thread rod)
8. Two #10 x 1” Zinc Plated Wood Screws (if your mounting it to wood)
9. 3/8”-16 Zinc Plated Threaded Rod (I bought a 3’ rod and cut it down to 8, 4-1/2” rods with a hacksaw.)
10. Tiki Replacement Wick
11. Torch Fuel (For safety reasons, only use fuel made specifically for outdoor torches. i.e. Tiki brand)
Helpful Tools: Channellocks, adjustable wrench, hacksaw, power screwdriver, and a funnel
This project is courtesy of Erik Anderson of Gerardot & Co via Design Sponge. For step by step instructions visit Design Sponge.
This might be a great project for your next outdoor event or perhaps for your own backyard. It looks like I need to start saving my wine bottles again!