Empty Torani bottles, how about upcycling?

Posted by Ashley Neighbors-Massey on Apr 18th 2017

Tis the season for patio weather and what spruces up your patio furniture more than fresh flowers in a glass jar, a few pretty lights and of course a citronella candle to keep away the bugs. Lucky for you we're sure you have been stashing away all of those used Torani bottles all winter. If a few of them had other adult libations hey we aren't  going to judge. Instead of throwing away all those bottles lets take a look at all the fun ways that we can upcycle them. Course, I'm just going to give you some ideas, as we all know the internet is full of ideas and tons of people have already gave us. So we are just going to point out some of our favorites. However, one of the most important things to know is how to soak off the label, Here is a very easy recipe to follow.

Soak bottle is hottest water possible from the tap will work. Add about 5-10 tablespoons of baking soda and let set for about 30 minutes. Gently peal off the label and then use a steal wool pad to gently remove the excess label.

Take a look below at a few of our favorites that we saw online. 

Spray painting is one of the simplest forms to recreate something with. You can match your decor or like in this picture even decorate for holidays such as Memorial day and 4th of July

     

However, you have got to keep the bugs away, this simply DIY citronella candle is perfect for the backyard. 

Things you'll Need: Empty bottle, 1/2 x 3/8 inch coupling, teflon thread seal tape, tiki torch wick 1/2 inch diameter, glass beads, citronella scented tiki torch fuel, funnel

Step 1: Remove Label - See above

Step 2: Wrap Tape Around the Coupling

A copper coupling, which you can find in the plumbing section at the hardware store, will be used to hold the wick in place in the wine bottle. The openings of different wine bottles may vary, but the 1/2-inch by 3/8-inch size coupling will fit most bottles. (I carried my wine bottles to the hardware store to make sure the couplings fit.) The coupling has two sections — the wide part will fit in the opening of the wine bottle, and the narrow part will be at the top of the torch with the wick extending out of it. Because the wide part of the coupling is usually still smaller than the bottle opening., wrap this section with Teflon thread seal tape to increase the thickness. It took about 10 revolutions of tape for the coupling to fit snugly in my bottle. Test it by placing the coupling in the wine bottle, but remove it afterwards

Step 3: Insert Wick Into Coupling

Insert a tiki torch wick through the coupling, with about 1/4 inch extending past the narrow end of the coupling. After inserting the wick, set it aside for now.

Step 4: Place Glass Beads in Bottle

Fill the wine bottle with about 4 inches of glass beads or marbles. The beads serve two purposes: they add weight to the bottle to help keep it from tipping over, and they take up room in the bottle so you don't have to use as much citronella fuel.

Step 5: Fill Bottle with Fuel

Using a funnel, fill the wine bottle with tiki torch fuel up to the point where the bottle starts to narrow. Don't overfill the bottle, as the wick will displace some of the fuel.

Step 6: Insert the Wick

Insert the wick in the bottle, and press down firmly on the coupling to create a tight seal at the opening. Be sure that about 1/4 inch of wick extends past the tip of the coupling

Step 7: Light the Torch

Allow a few minutes for the wick to absorb the fuel. You will know that the fuel has reached the top of the wick when the tip appears blue like the color of the fuel. Then it's time to light the torch. Make several wine bottle tiki torches for a beautiful display.

Now its time to grab a drink, kick back  and enjoy your new upcycled projects !