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I caught this on “Growing a Greener World” yesterday on UNC TV. It caught my attention when they mentioned a war on mosquitoes.

“Today, Redeem Your Ground is a growing outdoor design studio and popular lifestyle blog. We could say so much about their story here, but it’s much better to watch them tell it.

In this feel-good video (with a few gardening and design tips mixed in for good measure) you’ll see how Doug and Brittany took the bold move to take on a tired house and neglected backyard in Atlanta, Georgia to redeem their ground. Over the years, Doug’s labor of love and weekend hobby revealed his hidden talent of outdoor design. Others noticed too. The process was so successful, friends started asking Doug if he could come help redeem their ground do.

And so the story goes.

Doug and Brittany, along with their two amazing young daughters, live life to the fullest, outside as much as possible in their own backyard, and welcome the opportunity to share their space and story with others too.”

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“Declaring War on Mosquitoes:  No. 1 | DIY Wine Bottle Tiki Torch”

“I can’t stand mosquitoes. Sure…I get that they serve some purpose in the greater ecosystem, but as Brownie often asks me, I’m sometimes left wondering too – “Why did God ever create mosquitoes?!”

And I know that I’m not alone. So today’s post is on how-to-make a DIY wine bottle tiki torch – one way to combat mosquitoes, in a pretty stylish way.

Materials Needed to Make a Wine Bottle Tiki Torch

This project couldn’t be easier and when you do the math, it’s pretty cheap too. Regardless, from a design perspective I find wine bottle tiki torches a lot more attractive and interesting to look at than the store-bought versions. And nothing against Hawaii…I’d love to visit there someday, but I’m not always in the mood to go to a luau. I’m just sayin’.

So here’s what you’ll need…

  • Repurposed Wine Bottle: Not only is it free, having a glass of your favorite vino while making your tiki torches may make it more fun. Just don’t drink too much…you are playing with fire for cryin’ out loud!
  • Wick: You can buy a set of 2 replacement wicks for about $5 or an 8’ “rope” of replacement wick  for about $12. Your call. It just depends on how many Tiki torches you want to make and how often you’ll be outside warding off mosquitos. Note…when you buy either, make sure you chose a wick that is ½” in diameter…otherwise it will be too thin and will slip right through the coupling.
  • Coupling or Connector: I used a ½” x ¾” reducing connector. However, folks from other posts I saw claimed to use a ½” x ⅜” copper coupling…but they didn’t fit most of my bottles. I guess which is best for you depends on the size of the mouth of your wine bottle.
  • Thread Sealant Tape: While you’re in the plumbing aisle grab some thread sealant tape. This is what you’ll wrap around the end of the coupling that goes into the mouth of the wine bottle…making sure that you get a good seal.
  • Pea Gravel: So that you don’t have to fill your tiki torch entirely with fuel, I’d recommend that you put pea gravel at the bottom…or some other similar material.
  • Citronella Torch Fuel: Finally, you’ll need some fuel. I couldn’t find it in time to do this post, but next time I’ll use Firefly’s Safe & Green Fuel. It’s eco-friendly and from what I understand it’s odorless and doesn’t give off the typical black smoke that other tiki torch fuels do.”

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