Monday, June 25, 2012

Wine Bottle Tikki Torches



Hubs and I made something this weekend that I am SO happy with !
The inspiration, of course, came from Pinterest.
But if you have been following my blog for very long .
you know the inspiration starts there ,
but I always have to put my own spin on it.
I was really excited when I saw this on Pinterest

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But it did seem a little complicated.
I just knew when I showed it to hubs,
 he would come up with something MUCH cheaper and MUCH easier .
After pondering on it for awhile ....
He did !

First of all ,
we wanted ours on top of the deck rail instead of on the side.
I didn't like his first idea,
but we came up with a compromise.

A trip to the farm supply store gave us everything we needed.




For those of you who don't know ,
those are electrical junction boxes .
They became the base for our tikkis.
Funny , huh ?
We just attached them to the top of the deck rail.


Then we used these ,

I bought replacement fiberglass tikki wicks
and inserted them through 3/8 inch pex couplings ( find them in the plumbing supply section ).
The other things in the picture are the caps we made.
They go over the tikkis when not in use so water doesn't get in the tikki oil.
We made ours out of galvanized threaded rods ( 1/2 inch ) and galvanized caps.
( also in plumbing supply )


FYI ,
not all wine bottles have the same diameter  opening.
I washed way too many wine bottles till I finally got enough the right size !
Also , they all not all the same width.
We found that the shorter squatty ( is that a word ? ) ones worked the best .

I seriously love these !

FYI ,
you should not drink Tikki oil ...
it says so on the bottle .
SERIOUSLY !


We had under $25 in the whole project !
You can't buy the cheap bamboo ones at the dollar store for that .
Plus these are sooooo much prettier .
PLUS I was able to use some of those wine bottles that keep mysteriously showing up !
Hmmm..
Where do those come from ?
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22 comments:

  1. Cute idea and what a great reason to drink wine. :)

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  2. Oh so fabulous!! Don't ya just love the farm supply store??!! You did a great job with these and I love that they sit securely on your deck rail! Way to go girl!...um....about those mysteriously appearing wine bottles......!!!

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  3. These are very nice...Found you at Farmhouse porch...now following.

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  4. enJOYed this idea! Didn't know you could get replacement parts. I love the background scenery there. I live on a creek as well and love it. Thanks for sharing. Found you on "Ivy Cottage."

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  5. Just found your blog through Homework link party and I really love your writing! Looking forward to more martini recipes:-)

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  6. Found you over at Happy Go Lucky! What a great idea this is!! Love it!
    Newly following!

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  7. Hi Dawn: I love how these look--very clever idea--I like it a lot!

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  8. Wonderful and inventive idea! I love it.

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  9. Very cool idea...wine ands the bonus of a tiki torch! WINNER! Thanks for linking up this week!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  10. These are super cool!~ THanks for sharing. Pinned.

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  11. Love it! I knew I was saving wine bottles for a reason! You were the most viewed this week so stop by and check out your feature on Saturday. :)
    Thank you for linking up to our Pinteresting Party.

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