I've been a busy bee ever since the weather broke, moving outside with my projects after being cooped up all winter. My ultimate plan for the back patio is still taking shape, but will be completed by the end of May for my sister's graduation party. Until then, we've already touched on the bench I made for the patio over the weekend, but there are some other details I've been fiddling away with.
The patio has always been lined with tiki torches (5 of them to be exact - nothing crazy, but it gives some ambiance). They lasted 2 summers in the sun and rain, and by last fall they were ready to be pitched. Purchased for $3 a piece, they had a good run. But that left us with buying new ones for this upcoming summer. That is until I came up with a different idea. Of course, I can't take all the credit; some is due to Pinterest. However, I did put my own spin on it.
With a trip to the plumbing department of Home Depot and a dip into my uber-huge stash of blue wine bottles, I had the makings for a brand new set of torches.
I searched high and low for replacement tiki torch wicks - not Home Depot, Lowe's, or Sears had any. I finally found them at a local True Value hardware store. They had a 2-pack for $4.29. Kinda pricey, but I had given up hope of finding them anywhere else.
After all was said and done, each torch cost about $5. Not bad, considering wimpy bamboo ones can run about that much. These ones will last forever!
So, fill 'em up, insert wick, light, and enjoy!
More outdoor designs coming your way!!