Quick Tiki Torches

During the summer, mosquitos are awful. They seem to find you anywhere you go. Tiki torches are a wonderful addition to any outdoor space, but you may be living in a place where you don't have the ability to put one up. This quick and easy tiki torch and fuel recipe can help you get that fun look without needing a big yard.

For this project, you will need:

Glass bottles or jars

Tiki torch kit with wicks and brass mounts

Distilled water

Isopropyl alcohol

Essential oils

I found my tiki torch kit on Amazon, but your local hardware store or Walmart may have the supplies you need. All of the other items can be found around your house or at your local grocery store. Essential oils can be purchased from Young Living. Click here to get your own starter kit.

Citronella is a common scent used in mosquito repellents, but you can also use lemongrass, peppermint, lavender, eucalyptus, and basil. Have fun picking different single oils to use or create your own blend!


Mix 1 teaspoon of water with 16 ounces of isopropyl alcohol. Stir in your essential oil(s) of choice. I recommend starting with about 30 drops of essential oil, but this is something you'll have to play with to find the right ratio for your needs.


Trim the wicks to fit your bottle or jar. I am using old beer bottles that I cleaned out. Follow the instructions on your kit in regards to the brass mount. Each one varies a little in how to properly use it.


Once you've adjusted the wick size, put them in your container that's holding your fuel. The wicks need to soak in the fuel for about ten minutes.


After the wicks finish soaking, pour the fuel into your bottle and attach the wicks with the brass mounts. Take your new tiki torch outside, light it, and enjoy your new bug-free outdoor space!

You can make your tiki torch fuel in a bulk batch to have handy when you need to refill the bottles. Since the fuel contains essential oils, make sure the container is glass. Also store the container in a cool, dark place.

Until next time,