Summer is so nice. We enjoy the late, balmy nights by the campfire relaxing after a long day and creating memories that will last a lifetime. Mosquitos, however, don’t seem to have the same sentiment. Sure, they enjoy the balmy evenings, trying to eat you, but who wants all that? A couple of mason jar tiki lamps are a great addition to your backyard bug repelling efforts.
I love mason jars. They give that vintage charm I’m looking for. They’re versatile. We bought a ton of them in bulk (upwards of 500) and some of them weren’t fit for our canning efforts. We found plenty of uses for them, though.
So, why not make a tiki lamp? It fits our needs, it’s inexpensive, it’s something we have on hand, and it looks amazing in our outdoor space.
Set one of these on the table and viola, vintage charm with bug repelling powers.
Now you want to make your own, right? Here’s how:
DIY Mason Jar Tiki Lamps
What You’ll Need:
- Mason Jar (with lid and ring)
- Drill with a 3/8″bit (or you can use a nail and hammer)
- Copper Reducer 3/8″ x 1/4″
- Tiki Wicks
- Tiki Torch Fuel
Tell your husband you would like to have him drill a hole in a mason lid for you (since he already has the drill out). He asks why. You say, “because I want to make a tiki torch lamp out of a mason jar.” He says okay and proceeds to take the lid. You go find him 10 minutes later completing your project for you. You say “well, I wanted to take pictures for the blog.” He says “well, it’s finished.” You get no pictures of the process…. Now, for the real directions!
- Drill a hole through the center of your mason jar lid with a 3/8″ drill bit. Alternatively, you can use a hammer and nail to put a hole in the center of the lid. Just keep in mind, if you don’t whip out the power tools, you’re going to have to do a bit of extra labor. The hole needs to be big enough for the coupler to shove through.
- Once the hole is in the center, go ahead and work the copper coupling reducer into the hole, small side down. Do this until the coupler goes no further.
- Once the coupler is in place, go ahead and put your wick through the coupler. Place it in the mason jar and check for length. It should almost touch the bottom of the jar and go above the coupler about an inch. Trim it accordingly.
- Fill the mason jar 2/3 full of tiki torch fuel. Place the lid on top, place the ring around and tighten.
- Light and enjoy!
Super easy project for all. It only takes a few moments, it looks good, and it keeps the squitos away.