How to Make Wine Bottle Citronella Candles


It’s that time of year in our Caribbean region the rainy season and with it comes nettlesome mosquitoes. Before you spend a fortune on expensive insect repellent that only leaves you smelling like a hardware store or quash all your outdoor plans here’s how to upcycle those empty wine bottles into citronella candles.

You’ll need the following items:

  1. Wine bottles (or any thick glass bottle will work)
  2. 1/2-inch replacement torch wicks (mandatory any other size will be too thin)
  3. 1/2-inch x 3/8-inch copper coupling with stop (depending on the size of the bottle mouth you can alternate with a 3/4-inch measurement)
  4. 1/2-inch copper tube cap
  5. 1/2-inch thread sealant tape (Teflon preferably)
  6. 1-2 bags of marbles (or gravel to keep the wick from falling)
  7. Citronella torch fuel
  8. 1/2-inch funnel (optional)

Instruction Time: 

Deposit the marbles or gravel in the bottom of your glass bottle. Wrap the wider end of your copper coupling generously with your sealant tape, so it will fit tightly into the bottle mouth after you fill the bottle with your citronella torch fuel. Before inserting the wrapped copper coupling, slide the replacement wick through leaving 1/2-inch exposed at the top to catch a fire. Using your funnel fill your wine bottle to the bottle neck with Citronella torch fuel. A cautionary note – do not fill to the brim as fuel will overflow when you insert the wick finally. Be sure to press in on the sealant tape to ensure a tight fit in the bottle mouth as mentioned above. High-five you’re all done. Be sure to keep your wick dry by keeping the copper cap on when the torch is not lit.

As with all burning flames be sure to exercise the same caution, especially if you have small children in your care. 

Interested in trying some other great DIY projects with those empty glass bottles? Then check out Greenz Bottle Cutting for some beautiful transformations.

How to Make a Margarita Body Scrub


To make a margarita body scrub you will need the following ingredients:

  1. 1/2 cup salt or brown sugar
  2. 2 tablespoons of olive oil or coconut oil
  3. 1-2 tablespoons tequila
  4. Juice of 1 lime
  5. 1 small mixing bowl
  6. 1 sealed container

Instruction Time: 

Mix all ingredients together in small bowl until you have a paste. Add more olive or coconut oil if needed. Store your paste in sealed container. Use body scrubs in the shower. A cautionary note – use before you shave, not after, the tequila and lime juice are natural antiseptics so it might irritate your skin. The salt or brown sugar will naturally exfoliate any dead skin, and the olive or coconut oil will add lots of moisture, which will give your skin a natural glow.


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