Ok..I just did a prototype for a Tiki Torch using plastic bottles. It is basically still in the beginning stages, but I took some pics and will
include what I did...
That's the soon to be finished project...
!. Nestle 16.9 oz water bottle
3. Twine (optional for decoration)
4. Solar power t-lite candle
5. Paint (optional for decoration))
6. Fresh cut Bamboo
1. The first thing I did was (using pliers to hold it) melt the center of the bottle cap and push a hole through with a pencil. Have to be careful not
to melt it too much, you want the plastic to be just pliable enough to stretch and finally puncture. Make sure you are heating the outside of the cap
and not the part with the threads (you need to still be able to screw it on the top.
2. Cut the bottle along the 5th ridge (last ridge before the bottle narrows). This will allow you to push the bottom part of the bottle into the top
part and help hold the two pieces in place.
3. Insert the cord into the bottom part and glue it around the outside rim.
4. Decorate the top piece of the bottle, that's what the paint and twine was for..
5. Screw on the lid to the top part of the bottle and tie the cord in a knot before you pull it through the lid. You want just enough sticking out to
give it the "wick" look. Make sure it is long enough to wrap around the inside of the bottle...you want to be able to pull it open and change out
the solar light if need be. Also, it may be good to lengthen the bottle at some point if your need the solar light to get more sun??
This is where I am undecided...I can either use fishing line to hang it from the bamboo or maybe a hook of some sort. Also, I was thinking these could
be used for luminaries as well...The painting, I am unsure I want to do too much if any at all..but I liked the twine, it gave it a more
Probably will finish it up tomorrow hopefully but I wanted to post what I had so far and see if anyone had any better ways/ideas for design or hanging
edit on 30-7-2017 by blend57 because: Always an edit! : /