How To Make Cardboard Tiki Torches

No luau party is complete without setting the ambience and this includes tiki torches. Make tiki torches using simple materials you can get from the store:

Cardboard tiki torch on sand:


  • Thick corrugated cardboard
  • Rubber bands
  • Duct tape
  • Empty cans (thoroughly cleaned and dried out)
  • Aluminum foil
  • Candles
  • Candle holder

How to:

  1. Cut the corrugated cardboard into rectangles for each tiki torch. Each piece should be about 3 feet long and 10 Inches wide.
  2. When you’re done cutting all the rectangles to make the batch required, begin rolling each piece to form a thick tube then tie this together with rubber bands. Secure the sides with duct tape.
  3. Next, place an empty can on the opening of the tube and very firmly secure with duct tape. Make additional rounds of the duct tape when needed.
  4. Cover the top of the can with aluminum foil. Secure it with rubber bands. Punch a hole neatly on the aluminum foil that is large enough to hold a candle.
  5. Place the candle on the hole and then, place the candleholder on top to firmly hold the candle in place. The candle holder should be anchored firmly on the sides of the can.
  6. Now place your pole into the base of another can filled with sand. This is similar to planting a small tree sapling into a pot.
  7. Now light your candle cum tiki torch.

Cardboard tiki torch on a flower pot:

You will need:

  • A large-sized flower pot made of clay or aluminum
  • Quick-dry concrete
  • Potting soil
  • Prepared cardboard tiki torch
  • Plywood for propping
  • An extra pair of hands to help you place the tiki torch firmly inside the pot.

How to:

  1. Lay out all the supplies that you need for easy reach.
  2. Follow the instruction on the pouch of the concrete mix and fill your pot half way through using your pot as your “mixing bowl.” Continue mixing the cement until you can see that it has reached the consistency of your breakfast oatmeal.
  3. Then, place the bottom or sharp end of the tiki torch into the concrete, shove it all the way to the bottom of the cement and hold it there for a minimum of 5 minutes. This is where the extra pair of hands will come in handy in case you get tired.
  4. After 5 minutes, loosen your hold and check if the tiki torch is firmly planted or held in place by the cement.
  5. Allow it to cure for one day then go back and fill the pot all the way to rim with sand.

Safety tip for permanent tiki source: A downright easy way to make a tiki torch that’s fed by liquefied petroleum gas or natural gas if you’d rather not make a tiki torch.

You will need:

  • Gas grill lighter
  • Gas tiki torches

How To:

  1. Check each of the permanent torches to see if these are turned off. Look further into the hoses and wirings for any holes or wear. If you are fully satisfied then you can proceed to the next step.
  2. Turn on the gas valve that supplies the torch system.
  3. Begin lighting the first torch by switching the torch to the “on” position then light this using a safety-distance gas-grill lighter.
  4. Do this until all the tiki torches are lit. Remember that once you are done, you must turn off all the tiki torches and the gas valve for safety.


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