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Brighten The Backyard With These Fantastic DIY Outdoor Lighting Ideas

You know what would make hanging out in your backyard or front yard better? Outdoor lighting. I'm not talking about those fancy lights bought from the store. I'm talking about the DIY outdoor lighting tutorial that we're about to show you. All you need for this project are old wine bottles and basic tools. Search through your used stuff and we just might find the perfect item to upcycle into an outdoor lighting. Got a bunch of empty wine bottles? Good. Don't throw them just yet. You'll never know, those wine bottles will become your passage to having fantastic outdoor lighting pieces! We'll show you three ways to illuminate your outdoor the DIY way.

Brighten The Backyard With These Fantastic DIY Outdoor Lighting Ideas

3 Amazing Wine Bottle Outdoor Lighting Project For A Cozier Outdoor Space

Get more out of your recycled wine bottles by doing three awesome DIY outdoor lighting projects. You also need other cheap items to create these projects – but are totally a saver compared to the ones you see in stores. Plus, you get to add your personal touch to it. Your call, your DIY. Read on for the steps and materials you will need. Let's get it going!


Recycled Glass Tiki Torch


  • Recycled wine bottle
  • Tiki replacement wick
  • Torch fuel
  • Teflon tape – size: 1/2”
  • Copper male adapter – size 1/2” x 3/8”
  • Copper cap – size 1/2”
  • Ceiling flange – size 3/8″
  • 3/8” Threaded rod
  • 3/8” Hex nut
  • 1″ Split ring hanger
  • Funnel


  • Drill
  • Screwdriver


1. Fill bottles with fuel.

Using a funnel, fill in the bottles with torch fuel.

2. Attach the wick.

Slide a replacement wick through the adapter. Use the Teflon tape to wrap around the base. Place the wick inside the bottle.

3. Cover it with a copper cap.

When not using it, place a copper cap to cover the wick.

4. Mount the torch.

Mount the flange using a drill. Thread the hex nuts through the rod. Next, screw the rod into the plate.

5. Hang the tiki torch.

Now once you're done, attach the split ring hanger onto the end of the rod. Make sure the screws are tight.Attach the torch and tighten it.


DIY Recycled Wine Bottle Fire Feature


  • Recycled glass bottle
  • Tiki replacement wick
  • Torch fuel
  • Funnel
  • 1/2” Teflon tape
  • 1/2” x 3/8” Copper male adapter
  • 1/2″ Copper cap
  • Sand (a couple of pounds)
  • River stones


1. Fill bottles with fuel and add the wick to the torches.

2. Arrange bottles in a flower box.

Place sand in a flower box as the base. Evenly place the bottles inside.

3. Put stones on top.

Put stones on top of the sand and around the bottles until only the tops are showing.


DIY Recycled Wine Bottle Hurricane Lamps


  • Votive Candles


  • Bottle cutting jig
  • Sandpaper (coarse to fine)


1. Score bottles with bottle cutter.

Score a ring around your bottles. Go slowly and don't stop once you start.

2. Pour hot and cold water to create a controlled break.

Pour hot or boiling water to the scored area. Before it cools, run it under cold water. Repeat the process until the bottle breaks up cleanly.

3. Smooth the edges.

Sand the cut edges of the bottle.

4. Arrange your lamp.

Light the candle and place the bottle. You now have your hurricane lamp.


Here's Buildipedia's full video tutorial of the three projects mentioned. Enjoy!

Now you have interesting outdoor lighting pieces that may well be conversation starters among your friends when they give you a visit. These DIY won't really fail in giving light to your outdoor space.

Check out more DIY outdoor projects by clicking here.

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