Ah, summer nights! The weather is warm, the stars are out, the breeze is cool(ish?). A perfect time to relax on the porch and have a drink or snuggle with your hubby. Now all you need is some mood lighting, right? Never fear, I've come to your rescue!
Today I want to show you how to make the easiest and cutest mason jar torch. You can whip a few of these babies up in a half an hour flat and be ready to place them strategically around your porch for a late candle-lit dinner or after-dinner beverage after the kids go down for the night. And, BONUS, these can double as insect-repellent candles, too!
Here's what you need:
- Mason jar
- Torch wicks
- Tiki torch fuel (get the citronella kind to make the torch insect repellent!)
- Copper coupling (found in the plumbing aisle of your local hardware store)
First thing you want to do is take a 3/8" drill bit and drill a hole in the top of your mason jar lid.
Then fit the smaller end of your copper coupling into the hole you just made (I had to take a hammer to it and give it a few gentle taps to get the coupling through the hole).
Then take your wick and cut it in half and then, pinching one end together, thread the wick through the small end of the coupling and up through the larger end, giving you about a 1/4" of wick sticking out at the top.
Next, set the lid and wick aside and carefully fill your mason jar about 3/4 full of the tiki torch fuel. Then screw the lid back on and let the wick soak in the fuel for a couple of minutes.
That's it! Now, just take your new mason jar torch outside and set up your mood lighting! So cute, isn't it? A few of these jars around a patio would be perfect for a summer dinner with friends or a late night s'mores-fest. (Just be sure you keep your cute new torches out of the reach of tiny fingers...you don't want that fuel to get everywhere!)
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