If you love burning candles and like being crafty, then making a Mason jar oil lamp might be right up your alley. These portable oil lamps are easy to make, can be customized to suit your style or holiday, and are both charming and festive. Use them to illuminate your campsite picnic table, screened-in porch, outdoor patio, or your deck at the cottage. They bring instant cheer to any room or area they decorate!
Oil Lamp Materials
A lot of the materials for an oil lamp can be found just laying around the house, such as the olive oil, nail, hammer, and scissors. However, if you choose to use a fiberglass wick, you'll probably have to run to the store. Luckily these are sold at most stores and online. Fiberglass wicks rarely need replacing, compared to their cotton counterpart. Here's what you need:
• Sharp scissors
• Mason jar with a metal lid
• Nail, drill, or something to create a small hole in the top of the lid for the wick
• Olive oil or non-toxic burning oil (indoor-type)
• One cotton wick that is 100 percent cotton OR a fiberglass wick
• For a lovely scent, you can add herbs or a citric peel (optional)
Making the Oil Lamp
• Put any decorative items in the jar first (pinecones, cinnamon sticks, flowers, etc.).
• With the lid removed from the jar, poke a hole in the center of it using the hammer and nail. Do this so that the jagged edges of the hole face into the jar to avoid cutting yourself.
• Pour your oil into the Mason jar.
• Let the wick soak in the oil for about 10 minutes so it absorbs some of it.
• Take the soaked wick out and squeeze out the excess oil. Dripping oil will be a hazard.
• Slide the wick into the hole of the lid and screw the cap on the jar.
• Light it and enjoy hours of beautiful, soft lighting.