Summer Backyard Tips

Joel Ross
Joel Ross
Published on June 14, 2018

Summer Backyard Tips – Citronella Torches

It is SUMMER TIME!  Time to entertain, enjoy + share your home with others!

Looking to create some amazing ideas to spruce up your outdoor living area?  Bring your Ocean Park backyard to life this summer with these Summer Backyard Tips.

DIY is always the best way to get the perfect decorations for your home.  Why not try to tackle 1 or more of these gorgeous summer DIY projects!  Grab your kids or spouse, these projects usually can be completed within just a few hours.  Not too overwhelming for any level but especially DIY beginners. Grab your power tools (or take the chance to meet the neighbour and borrow some) and get let’s help you get started bringing your patio to life!

Turn Old Glass Bottles Into Citronella Torches

We know the summer brings great friends, great food, great drinks but it also brings the BUGS!  These beautiful citronella torches take less than 10 minutes to make, they do a great job of keeping away those pesky bugs and you can use beautiful old bottles by upcycling them into this great project!

Materials Needed:

  • glass bottle with opening similar to a wine bottle
  • citronella torch fuel
  • citronella torch wick replacement
  • 1/2″ x 3/8″ copper coupling
  • 1/2″ flat steel washer
  • hot glue gun
  • small funnel


Clean Bottle

Wash inside and outside of bottle with warm water and dish soap. Remove any packaging stickers by running under hot water for 30 seconds, then easily peel off. Dry thoroughly.

Tip: Use a sticker removal product to remove tougher adhesive, then wash again with soap and water.

Glue on Washer

Run a thick line of hot glue around bottle opening.

Working quickly to ensure proper adhesion, attach washer to hot glue.

Center washer over opening .

Tip: If copper coupling sits in bottle opening without slipping, the washer is unnecessary and you can skip this step.

Add Fuel

Use a small funnel to slowly pour citronella torch fuel into bottle until 3/4 full.

Prepare Wick

Slip copper coupling, with larger (1/2-inch) end facing up, onto wick.

Insert Wick

Squeeze end of wick to ensure no stray fibers get caught on bottle opening. Slowly twist wick down into bottle until copper coupling rests on lip of washer. Leave about a 1/2 inch of wick exposed.

Light It Up & Enjoy

Using a stick lighter or long match, light your beautiful new citronella torch, sit back and relax! When you’re done, simply put out the flame with a torch snuffer and store indoors or in a covered area between uses.

These amazing torches can be placed around your patio, your table or even your pool.  This great Summer Backyard Tip is also portable if you are interested in taking a walk at having a picnic at White Rock Beach, Crescent Beach or any of our amazing parks or local outdoor areas!

Enjoy your summer, our Summer Backyard Tips and if you find yourself wishing you had more space, a different view or maybe downsizing to find the perfect spot – give Joel Ross a call.

Curious as to what your area (Ocean Park, White Rock and South Surrey) and the homes there are worth in the current market?  As market trends affect every home and local area differently, let me help you figure out your home value.  By working together, I can help you make informed decisions about your property, your financial future and your families needs.

If you are currently in the market to downsize?  I have a great deal of experience with downsizing and I will ensure that you make informed decisions for yourself, your future and help you live your best life!

Call me today for your FREE home evaluation, without a home visit!  Yes, it can be done without a home visit, based on trends, the local market reports and the comparable homes in your neighbourhood.

Joel Ross
Your Ocean Park Realtor
RE/MAX Colonial Pacific Realty Serving Ocean Park, White Rock + South Surrey

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