Wine Bottle Tiki Torches!

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For preparing the mount

  • Two #10 by 1-in. zinc-plated wood screws
  • 3/8-in. copper top-plate connector with a nipple-screw hole
  • 3/8-in. diameter, 4-1/2-in. long, 16-threads zinc-plated rod
  • 2 hex nuts (threaded for a 3/8-in.rod with 16-threads)
  • 1-in. split-ring hanger (threaded for a 3/8-in.rod with 16-threads)

For preparing the torch:

  • 1/2-in.-wide Teflon plumber’s tape
  • 1/2-in. by 3/8-in. copper coupling
  • Empty glass wine bottle or large glass beer bottle with a 1-in. neck diameter
  • Tiki torch wick
  • Funnel
  • Tiki torch fuel
  • 1/2-in. copper cap

Instruction

 Prepare the Mount

    1. Assess the surrounding area where you wish to mount the Tiki torch to make certain that flames will not reach nearby objects such as flags, arbors or fence poles. Mount the plate connector in the desired location with wood screws, and screw the 3/8-inch zinc-plated rod into the connector to create an extension.
    2. Assemble the portion of the Tiki holder that will clamp around the neck of the wine bottle. Screw one hex nut all the way to the end of the 3/8-inch zinc-plated rod, then screw the second hex nut until it is barely screwed onto the rod, yet secure.
    3. Add the split-ring hanger onto the rod so that the rod is next to the inside of the ring. Tighten the second hex nut until it is firmly against the split-ring hanger.

    2. Prepare the Torch

    1. Wrap the Teflon plumber’s tape around the end of the end of the copper coupling until it fits snugly into the opening of the bottle.
    2. Push the wick into the coupling, leaving 1/4-in. to 1/2-in. sticking out at the top, and the longer length of wick protruding from below the coupling. Unscrew the split-ring hanger and position the wine bottle into the opening. Hand-tighten the split-ring hanger until it is secure, but do not over-tighten. (See References 2)
    3. Insert the funnel in the mounted wine bottle. Pour in torch fuel until the bottle is almost full. Slide the coupling, containing the wick, into the wine bottle and push into place. Wash your hands thoroughly before proceeding to light the wick.
    4. Set the copper cap in place to keep the wick dry when the torch is not in use.

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      Enjoy. 

Dollar Store DIY – Pin Board

Dollar Store DIY - Pin Board

Old frame [garage sale $2.50] primed and painted, then used a block sander to give it that vintage touch.

Cork board [$1.00 from Dollar Tree]

and the photo is your finished product!

Revamp your dishes!

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It’s normal – if you use silverware on ceramic dishes you will see little gray marks and scratches appear over time on your dishware.  If you have small scratches, you can try water, dish soap and a little baking soda.  If you meet a little resistance, I recommend Bon Ami or Bar Keeper’s Friend.  Both cleansers are safe/meant for cookware – so feel free to scrub away.

Image.Wet the dish and a cloth and apply the powder or cream – rub in a circular motion.  You’ll need to use a little elbow grease, but the marks will come up easily in a minute or so.

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Wash the cleanser off the plates and run them through your dishwasher.  Look at the ‘brand new’ dishes!

Have you tried to remove the gray marks on your dishes?  What has/hasn’t worked for you?

Create Your Own Glow Path

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Line a pathway with rocks painted in glow in the dark paint. During the day they “charge” in the sun and in the evening they reflect the stored light. Rust-Oleum Glow in the Dark Brush-on Paint.

How to Hide Your Spare Key in Style!

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Here’s a good idea to hide your extra house key – put it in a medicine bottle, glue a pine cone or rock on top, stick the bottle in the yard or planter. 

You can find these items at:

  • Michael’s
  • Joanne Fabrics
  • Hobby Lobby
Jeffrey pine cone

Jeffrey pine cone (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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