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Tabletop tiki torches are the ultimate functional DIY summer decor for your backyard. Let’s give a big thank you to Pastene for this collaboration!

We’ve talked about several mason jar projects in the past. But, today we’re making DIY tiki torches from glass Pastene Pasta Sauce mason jars!

It’s real easy to do!

Do you love Pastene products as much as we do? We usually have a few jars of sauce and a couple of jars of cheese on hand. And of course, the empty jars pile up quickly.

Rather than toss the empty jars into the recycling bin, this week we’re making tiki torches for our outdoor table!

Collage of making tabletop tiki torches from old pasta sauce mason jars.

One thing I learned about last week was Pastene’s gift boxes.

They have an assortment of boxes with a variety of family favorites all packaged together and ready to go. 

I opted to get the Chateau Gift Box. It contains a jar of 24oz Chateau Tomato Sauce, a 24oz Chateau Marinara Sauce, a 6oz Pastene Grated Parmesan Cheese, and a 16oz Pastene Organic Regine.

Pastene gift box with past, pasta sauce, and grated cheese.

You can’t go wrong with one of these gift boxes.

Dinner is going to be great tonight, especially with our new tabletop tiki torches!

Tabletop tiki torches outside on patio table with mountains in the background

Now let’s get down to business and make these mason jar tiki torches for our patio table.

How To Make A Tiki Torch

A tiki torch contains just a few parts, so learning how to make a tiki torch is really easy.

You’ll need a glass jar, like a Pastene Pasta Sauce mason jar, paint and/or decorations, a wick set, which is basically a collar, and a fiberglass wick, and tiki torch fuel.

Mason jar tiki torches on patio table

Tabletop Tiki Torches

Now let’s walk through how to put these glass tabletop mason jar tiki torches together!



  • Paintbrush
  • Drill and drill bit

If you get the exact same tiki torch wick set that I did, you’ll need a 5/8″ drill bit. I used a 5/8″ forstner bit and it made quick work of the hole.


Follow these instructions to make a set of DIY tiki torches to enjoy in your backyard all summer long!

Clean Mason Jars

Clean the Pastene Pasta Sauce mason jars inside and out. Remove the label from the outside of the jars. 

I’ve found hot water, dish soap, and a green scrub pad work well to remove the labels from these jars.

Empty mason jars to make tiki torches

Dry the jars with a cloth, allow them to dry completely before painting.

Labels removed from mason jars before painting.

Paint The Jars

Paint and decorate the jars to your liking.

Chalk paint works exceptionally well on glass jars.

Put two coats of paint on the jars for good coverage. Allow an hour or so between coats. Let dry for 24 hours.

Painting mason jars red and blue

Decorate the jars with different color paints, write a saying onto the jars, or maybe even use your vinyl cutter to create a fun scene on the jars for summertime.

Once the paint was completely dry, I added vinyl cutouts to ours.

Applying vinyl cricut design to painted mason jars

White cricut design that says Good Times on red and blue mason jars

If you plan to leave your tiki torches outside, but not under the cover of a patio roof, you may want to apply an outdoor grade sealant over the entire painted area of the jars.

While you’re waiting for the paint to dry, you can put together your tiki jar lids.

Install Tiki Wick

Installing the tiki wick into the lid of the jars is fairly simple.

Use your drill and a bit that measures slightly less in diameter than the tiki wick’s collar.

Measure the collar with calipers or use a scrap piece of wood to test the hole size of your drill bit.

Drilling holes in mason jar lids for tiki torch wick.

Once you have the hole drilled, insert the collar into the hole. If needed, use glue from the bottom side to secure the collar into place.

Mason jar lid with tiki torch collar attached.

Mason jar lids made with a tiki wick kit

Next, after the paint has dried and they’re ready to go, we’ll trim the wicks.

Trim Tiki Torch Wick

Generally speaking, you want 1/2 inch of wick protruding.

Slide the wick into the collar. Attach the lid to the jar and trim the wick so there is about 1/2 inch sticking out.

Trimming the tiki torch wick with scissors

Assemble Tabletop Tiki Torches

Now, all that is left to do is add the fuel and screw the lid back onto the jar!

Tabletop mason jar tiki torches, a red torch and two blue mason jars with white vinyl designs that say Good Times and Meals & Memories on them.

See, very easy to make beautiful DIY tiki torches for your patio table!

DIY Tiki Torches on a patio table with mountains and trees in the background and pasta on a plate in the foreground

Tabletop tiki torches outside on patio table with mountains in the background
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Tabletop Tiki Torches DIY

How to make tabletop tiki torches for your tabletop from a glass mason jars!
Prep Time5 mins
Active Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Yield: 1 tiki torch
Author: Scrappy Geek
Cost: $5


  • Paintbrush
  • Drill and drill bit
  • Tiki torch wick
  • Tiki torch fuel


  • 1 Glass Jar We used Pastene Pasta Sauce Jars
  • Chalk Paint and Clear Outdoor Sealant
  • Hot glue or other high bonding glue


  • Clean jars and remove label, dry completely
  • Paint the jars to your liking, dry completely. Add decoration and apply an outdoor sealant
  • Drill a hole in the lid and insert wick, trim wick 1/2 inch above the collar.
  • Fill jar 1/2 full of torch fuel, screw lid onto the jar
  • Enjoy



To remove the jar label, use hot water, dish soap, and a green scrub pad.
For outdoor sealant, use a clear spray-on or brush on sealer.

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