There is something magical about a summers night in the garden. Warm air, stars, nostalgia, good friends… Being in the garden at night feels like you get permission to share in the quiet part of nature’s day. However, we have two problems hanging out in the garden after the sun goes down. One is light, the other is bugs. We have a solution for both! DIY tiki torches to light up your outdoor garden spaces so you can make merry long after sunset. And these projects can be used as mosquito repellent as well by using citronella torch fuel, what a great bonus! These Tiki torches are easy and fun projects, and they have a little artsy quality to them as well. Which is not what you will find from the cheap raffia tiki torches you find at the discount store. So DIY the night!

DIY Tiki Torches - Light Your Garden!

Tiki Torches

Mason Jar DIY Tiki Torch

Mason Jars are always sure to be great start to a DIY project, so we LOVE these mason jar DIY tiki torches from ‘The Frugal Homemaker‘! If you’re short on time, that’s fine -they take 5 minutes to make!


Wine Bottle Tiki Torch Tutorials

Sure, recycled wine bottle torches are all over the internet, but this is one of the most complete tutorials we’ve found, from Erik at ‘gerardot‘. These would go great on our DIY Modern Plant Wall!


For another wine bottle option, ‘Cody Uncorked‘ has this great graphic and easy instructions on wine bottle torches. This is great option so long as you just need a visual with fewer detailed instructions.

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I like these wine bottle tiki torches by ‘Armchair Sommelier‘ because they have a pretty quality to them with the glass stones in the bottom. Equally important, there’s great detail to this tutorial as well!

DIY Tiki Torches - Light Your Garden!

Additionally, this similar wine bottle DIY tiki torch project by ‘Julie Blanner‘, has easy and short instructions. We love how festive this is for outdoor entertaining!

DIY Tiki Torches

DIY Tiki Torches from Liquor Bottles

Similarly, ‘Sugar and Charm‘ gives us another way to reuse those old bottles with their short DIY tutorial. This is really charming!


These mosquito repellent DIY tiki torches are a touch different from other torches, as they sit on a table. Made from old liquor bottles, these definitely have great charm! Once again, this one by ‘Yeah Vintage‘, has a great tutorial! And they are certainly a budget option at less than $15 to make 3 large torches.

Moving on to another good budget option, ‘Green Living Ideas‘ teaches us how to make recycled bottle tiki torches. Their method uses washers and their own homemade wicks. This saves even more money as wicks are definitely not free!


DIY Torch Stand

These DIY tiki torch stands by ‘Martha‘ couldn’t be easier, and keep you from having to pound your DIY tiki torch into the ground, hitting every rock in your county. (Been there!) This is pretty self explanatory… fill a bucket with rocks, stones or gravel, insert torch! Done!


Homemade Tiki Torch with Copper

Even more fun, though a bit more involved, make a tiki torch tree! From Instructables, this downloadable tutorial is the perfect solution, especially if you are making those stand alone torches.


Tiki Torch from Fruit Picker

Another super creative idea, this tiki torch was made from a fruit picker and some spray paint! Love the cool and festive look of this easy project. Go find the complete tutorial over at ‘Bob Vila’.

DIY Tiki Torch

DIY Copper Pipe Tiki Torch

This impressively doesn’t even look homemade. We especially love this DIY tiki torch – from ‘My Home My Style‘ for its sleek, modern looking Copper Patio Torch is gorgeous!


Where to Buy Cool Tiki Torches

We hope you have time to try out these DIY tiki torches! However, if you want a store-bought option other than those cheap raffia/bamboo options at Walmart, check out the garden torches at ‘Wayfair’. We love some of these awesome torches! Our favorite budget torch is the “Swirl Garden Torch“. It’s affordable, but still a huge step up compared to the cheapies! If out of stock, check out the Schofields tiki torches.

DIY Tiki Torches

Similarly, another affordable tiki torch and has great reviews is the “Island King Garden Torch“. These would give your space a nice festive, tropical tiki feel!

DIY Tiki Torches - Light Your Garden

We hope you enjoyed reading about DIY Tiki Torch Projects! We think you will also love our posts on DIY Tabletop Fire Bowls and DIY Outdoor Kitchens!


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  1. Travis May 11, 2018 at 9:38 am

    Use 1 inch copper pipe for the fuel and 1/2 inch for stand with the 1 to 1/2 reducers

  2. Paula Kate April 24, 2015 at 2:15 am

    Did this last year w/ blue glass Bud Light bottles…took all labels off……used a metal type washer……torch wick thru the hole…sized up then took out to fill w/oil…replaced wick set-up…then used “metal adhesive tape” to secure a seal tight to the bottle(actual metal duct tape)……bent copper to create hangers to attach to a tree that hold the lantern…and attached a license plate to the tree to avoid scorching. Placed these on trees all around our private campground. Beautiful!!! also a great gift to make.

  3. tricia pigden April 8, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    love love love all your great ideas in this collection! Cant wait to try a couple!

  4. alfalfacats March 1, 2015 at 10:48 am

    Hi, here is the URL for the Cody torch page:

    This is an awesome collection you have made here, and thanks so very much for sharing all these with us.

  5. Paula Plunk January 9, 2015 at 7:56 am

    Had to share this. So many of us love making things with and adding our special own special touch. Well, here you go!!! The glove garden will help you. Hope you enjoy. Have fun, I can’t wait to get started myself…

  6. Michael Fitzgerald January 7, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    Re: the copper patio torches:
    Hi the idea is awesome however I am struggling with the parts list. The air chamber at all my stores is a slip fit diameter so none of the fittings work. The 1″ to 1/2″ reducer is a much bigger diameter than the air chamber, any suggestions?

    Thank you, Mick


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