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How to Make a Tiki Torch Wick

By Lisa Parris ; Updated September 21, 2017

The tiki torch is a popular outdoor party decoration. Commonly used for backyard luaus, the torches are both practical and festive. Tiki torches can be purchased ready made, or can be created at home by handy individuals who are looking to save a few bucks. If you’re making your own tiki torches, one of the key elements is the wick. By following the instructions here, you will be able to create your own cotton wick, which will draw the oil up into the flame to be burned. Depending on what combination of salt and water you soak your wicking material in, you can create a flame that will burn any color from standard bright orange to green or blue or purple.

Cut the string into three strips of equal length. Make them longer than you need, as you can trim them back later.

Combine salt, boric acid and water in a large bowl. Soak the string in the salt solution for 12 hours.

Remove the strings and use the clothespins to hang them to dry. Allow the strings to dry for at least 5 days.

Braid the strings together when they are completely dry to form a simple wick. You can store unused wicks by rolling them in old newspaper and placing them in a cool, dry area.

Take the wire and wrap it around a small twig or a nail to form a coil. Make the last loop of the wire wider than the rest so the coil will stand on its own. Insert the braided wick into the coil so that it extends about ¼ inch above the wick holder.


About the Author


Lisa Parris is a writer and former features editor of "The Caldwell County News." Her work has also appeared in the "Journal of Comparative Parasitology," "The Monterey County Herald" and "The Richmond Daily News." In 2012, Parris was honored with awards from the Missouri Press Association for best feature story, best feature series and best humor series.