DIYke Club: Making Personalized Lighters and Flaming Dr. Peppers

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Welcome to the new DIYke Club! Some friends and I started a DIY/crafting group that gets together a couple of times a month. We try a fun drink recipe and do a craft we haven’t made before. We’re having a blast and thought you might want to get in on the action. Maybe you’ll start your own local DIYke chapter? Let’s all get liquored up and make things!

Sooo you’re a flamer, don’t you want to have a craft night that’s just as flaming as you are? Perfect — DIYke Club has your back. We’ll personalize your lighter and then use it to ignite a delicious Flaming Dr. Pepper! If you’re anything like me, all things fiery are inherently exciting (I think this might be called pyromania, but why pathologize fun, right?). And as an added bonus, your new lighter-swag might also impress the next cute girl who asks you for a light!

Personalized Lighter

Supplies needed:

  • Standard BIC lighter (just make sure the top and bottom circumference is the same or your stencil won’t line up evenly)
  • 9 x 7 cm decal (printed out, clipped from a magazine etc.)
  • Mod Podge (or make your own by mixing 2 parts white glue and 1 part water together in a recycled glass jar)
  • Brush or makeup wedge

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Step 1:

Apply Mod Podge to the back of your decal.

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Step 2:

Apply Mod Podge to your lighter.

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Step 3:

Carefully wrap decal around lighter and brush with Mod Podge. I like the texture the brush strokes provide so I left mine, but you can smooth them out with a makeup wedge if you want. The Mod Podge will dry clear.

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Step 4:

Impress the ladies with your awesome lighter.

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Flaming Doctor Pepper

The gestalt of this recipe is much tastier than its ingredients imply I promise! Plus, FIRE.

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Prep time: 3 minutes
Serves: 1

Supplies needed:

  • 1/2 a cheap beer
  • 3/4 shot amaretto liqueur
  • 1/4 shot Bacardi 151

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Step 1:

Poor ¾ shot of Amaretto liqueur into a shot glass and place in a larger glass of approximately the same height.

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Step 2:

Fill the remaining ¼ of the shot glass with 151, pouring carefully over a spoon to ensure the 151 floats on top.

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Step 3:

Fill the outside glass with beer, being careful to avoid splashing the shot inside.


Step 4:

Light on fire and enjoy the fun for a second. Make sure you blow it out before trying to drink it! When all the flavors mix, it should taste reminiscent of a Doctor Pepper soda.

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Note: sometimes it is easier to light the shot on fire separately and then poor it into the glass of beer.

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Vegan science ninja working on her PhD in social cognitive neuroscience at UCLA. DIYke at Autostraddle. Lacrosse coach. Trevor Project volunteer. Chemical dependence on green tea.

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  1. Yessss, drinking and DIY, best combo ever! (Although I once made christmas cards while drinking and realized at the end the brads I used went all the way to the back of the cardstock, through all the layers, preventing my otherwise lovely cards from opening… and I really wasn’t a beginner in crafts. I blame it on the booze. My girlfriend loves those cute but useless cards, she thinks they’re soooo me… Not that I’m cute – or useless.) :-D

    How about a Montreal DIYke club? :-)

    • OMG MONTREAL DIYKE CLUB – DO IT!!! First craft? Permanently sealed cards. Perfect for the emotionally unavailable types who don’t want to write anything mushy anyway haha

      • Hehehe, but I’m already ahead of the game, then… I feel like it would not be fair, I already made my perfectly messed up cards. ;-)

        But that club, oh that club! I already have the craft room (really! a whole big room dedicated to all things crafty!), I also have the drinks, but there’s only my girl and me (and 2 kids, but they don’t qualify as diykes – yet), not exactly enough to call ourselves a club. I need others to come and drink and make really cool crafty things with us. Seriously.

  2. I’m curious: is there a reason (other than cost) that this has to be done with cheap beer?

    • my guess would be that there’s not much reason to use more expensive beers since its only going to get mixed up with the other alcohol. you wouldn’t taste the flavour of the more expensive beer.

      • Nope! Just use something neutral-ish or the beer will overpower the other flavors. And like Anne said, you definitely won’t taste a quality difference when its mixed with two other alcohols which makes it not worth the cost for me.

  3. As I quit smoking several months ago, I was wondering what to do with my lighters…

    Thanks! I will make them artsy/fun and give them as gifts to my friends!

  4. oh no. i’m still haunted by the hangover these things inflicted and that was easily six years ago. proceed with caution

    (or go all out and try 151 coladas too)

  5. When my friends make flaming Dr. Peppers they pour the shot separately, then light it and drop it into a bigger glass of cheap beer. Liz, your method seems much safer and much less messy.

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