DIY Bug Torch


Hey Party People! DIY time!

I have two baby showers planned, and one is right around the corner. So I decided to hand-craft a little something that would have meaning and still be functional fun. The shower is for couples. Consequently, my hosts are a combination of men and women which makes deciding on an appropriate thank you gift a bit more challenging. I also know that the party will be outdoors like an evening BBQ dinner. Considering all these things, I decided on citronella torches. They are functional, party-themed, and I knew that I could probably sew a wine bottle wrap that could be used separately. Furthermore I wanted the present to have meaning, and I like the idea of highlighting how these important people are such wonderful lights in our little Lois’ life! So shall we? Oh, and make sure you scroll all the way to the bottom to see how I emphasized this last point and packaged the gift!

Wrap Ingredients

ingredients-11 Ingredients 1 for DIY Torch

  • Sewing Machine – although you could use HeatBond iron on adhesive for a no-sew project
  • Cut burlap into 10″x6″ rectangles, then pull 4 threads out from along the sides for a cute frayed effect
  • Originally this piece of scrap fabric was 10″ x 5″ but I folded along either side and ironed a hard edge so that the finished piece is about 3 1/2 inches. Now you do it.  You’ll sew along this ironed seam in the next step.
  • Grosgrain Ribbon cut into a 20 inch (or longer) length. Take a lighter to either end to keep from fraying.
  • Matching thread

These are our sweet Lois’ colors, by the way. I’ll have to post a picture of her nursery…later

Step 1:

Center the folded and ironed scrap fabric on burlap and sew a 1/4″ seam along the entire piece (around the scrap). When finished the burlap and scrap should be one nice little package.

sewing-1 Sew a seam

 Step 2:

Place ribbon, centered in both directions, on combined fabric pieces and run your matching thread in one solid line through the center. My (much more creative) sister would say that you should always put a pin in it. In this situation, the pin helps keep the ribbon centered. I left about 1/2 inch on either end of my ribbon so that I had a little extra to tie with. In other words, rather than running a 10 inch seam along the entire length of the fabric piece, my line in the ribbon was only about nine inches, centered.



Torch Ingredients

ingredients-2 Torch Ingredients

  • 1″ Brass plug and a 3/4″ Brass hose connector. Take your bottle, go to the hardware store and find a hose connector that fits. What I have pictured here works great, but the truth is….I made up the names for these two pieces. I found them, bought them and have no idea what they are….
  • Tiki torch wick – you can get these at Home Depot
  • Wine Bottle
  • Citronella Fuel – I bought this at Home Depot. Citronella keeps the bugs away and it isn’t going to accidentally explode on you!

Assembling your torch is a piece of pie. Simply funnel in your oil, thread your wick through your “hose connector” and place in bottle. The “plug” is a snuffer that I connected with a piece of twine.

Finally, wrap that beautiful fabric piece you just lovingly crafted around the outside, tie your ribbon with care and…. TAH-DAHR! Your very own bug torch.

Look at how I packaged everything for my hosts and hostess:

gift-complete Finished Hostess Gift

I found those cute brown tags that look like old luggage tags at Hobby Lobby and wrote torch-pertinent scripture on it:

“Let your light shine before others that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Matt. 5:16

I also included my own gift tag and personalized “Thank you” on Mint cardstock (and therefore completing my Lois-color trifecta). I encourage you to pray about it and write what is in your heart to say to your dear friends. Daniel and I really do believe in community and hope that these wonderful people will shine their light for Lois, out of Love and Charity. Here is what the text on our card says:

Thank you so much for celebrating Lois with us – even before she arrives! We strongly believe that it takes a community of strong women and men to raise a strong daughter, and we are truly grateful to call you an important part of that community. Included in this small token of our appreciation is a hand-crafted torch.

Every time you light this lamp I pray that you will remember Lois and remember your important place as a light in her life. Empowerher with prayers for assurance, confidence, voice, and peace. Teachher with your wisdom and experience. Loveher with a balance of grace and strength so that she may come to know the Love of her Creator.

We borrow the faith, strength, and wisdom of our elders until we can find our own. Infinite thanks for lending these things to our Lois. Selah.

Good Luck and Happy Crafting!


Oh…and while I had my sewing machine out I sewed a little flannel, hooded swaddle blanket that fits in the car seat and doesn’t interfere with the safety buckle. Click HERE to see the site where I got the instructions orrrrrrrr visit my Photostreams>Pinterest in the above menu and you’ll find where I have pinned the project to my Engaging Mystery Board.

5 replies
  1. Dad says:

    You are so creative. I just love the whole idea behind the torch. There will certainly be a lot of people letting their light shine for Lois. Thanks for this uplifting blog!! LOVE

  2. Kacey says:

    This would be a great way to use the DOZENS of wine bottles we currently have collecting dust in the kitchen. Except we don’t have any outdoor space…or bugs. I’ll save it for when we move back!

  3. Ginger Murphy says:

    Love both projects! Esp. the Hostess Gifts…your tags and notes to them are so thoughtful. Lois is a lucky little girl already!


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