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August 11, 2015


Wine Bottle Tiki Torches
Disclaimer: Always listen to Smokey the Bear and check local campsite fire regulations. Be cautious when making and using tiki torch.

Forgo the boring camping lantern for an easy DIY wine bottle tiki torch!

Here’s what you need:
1. Clean wine bottle(s)
2. Aquarium gravel
3. Tiki fuel
4. Tiki refill wicks
5. Brass coupling (3/8″ x 1/4″ should fit most 750 ml bottles)

Here’s what you do:

1. Insert the Tiki refill wick into the coupling doohickey
2. Fill bottle 1/3 full with aquarium gravel
3. Fill the bottle with Tiki fuel
4. Insert the wick

Bonus tip: Combat mosquitos by swapping the tiki fuel with citronella oil!

Campfire Wine Pairings

When choosing what wines to bring while camping, consider what kind of food you will be making. Whether it’s steak kabobs with Cabernet Sauvignon or freshly-caught fish with Sauvignon Blanc, there is always great Paso Robles wine to pair alongside.

What is camping without smores? Go with the classic, or try a Nutella and banana smores on a peanut butter cookie paired with a Port-style wine.

Fire Starters

Disclaimer: Again, always listen to Smokey the Bear and check local campsite fire regulations. Be cautious when making and using fire starters.

Got wine corks? Re-purpose them into fire starters!

Here’s what you do:
1. Sort through your cork collection and take out any of the faux corks. (Burning plastic = bad, smelly idea.)
2. Fill a mason jar with corks and rubbing alcohol
3. Twist the lid shut and let soak for at least 24 hours before use
4. Add corks to your kindling for a successful cork fire

Leave the Glass at Home

Try some unbreakable outdoor fun by leaving the fancy crystal wine glasses at home!

Some glass-alternative options:


Wine Cork Keychains

Floating, kayaking, swimming, there are so many great water activities to enjoy during your weekend getaway… but there’s nothing worse than losing your keys at the bottom of the lake.

Wine cork keychains to the rescue!

Keep your keys afloat with these DIY wine cork keychains.

Here’s what you need:
1. Wine cork
2. Screw eye (we recommend 1/8 inch)
3. Key ring

Here’s what you do:
1. Screw the screw eye into the cork
2. Attach the key ring to the screw eye
3. Add your keys!