Everyone loves a spontaneous party. You can be the master of hosting them when you learn how to make tiki torches out of mason jars. Use this simple craft to create the most beautiful lighting elements.
This quick DIY project is easy to complete with just a few materials. All you need are:
- Mason jars
- Paraffin oil
Follow the instructions ahead to create your homemade tiki torches for a backyard BBQ or patio party.
Make a Hole in the Lid
Using a hammer and nail, make holes in the lid of the mason jar until you create a hole that’s wide enough for the wick. You can also use a drill for this step. Center the hole and try not to make it too big.
Prepare the Wick
Next, you’ll slide the wick through the hole in the lid. Leave just enough above the top to light and the rest below to soak up the oil. You can obtain wicks online or at craft stores. You can also make your own from rolled-up T-shirts.
Pro Tip: Use a copper fitting to help the wick stand up straight. Thread the wick through the copper coupling and set it in the hole of the lid.
Fill Your Jars
Fill your mason jars at least halfway full of paraffin oil. Use scented tiki torch oil to keep bugs away from your outdoor space. Allow time for the oil to soak into the wick before lighting.
Light Your Wick
Use a lighter or torch to ignite your presoaked wick and start your mason jar tiki torch. If you notice smoke when you light the wick, that means it’s too dry. If the flame is too high, you may need to adjust how much wick you expose.
Where To Get Mason Jars
Mason jar projects are a great way to upcycle old jam jars. Still, not everyone has them lying around. You can purchase mason jars from the store or find them at secondhand shops.
Knowing how to make tiki torches out of mason jars is a quick and easy way to ensure you’ll always have outdoor lighting. Keep this handy trick up your sleeve—and bookmarked on your computer—when you need to host an outdoor event.