Making an Oil Lamp
Make your own decorative and functional oil lamp with easy to find items. This is a guide about making an oil lamp.
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- pint canning jar and lid
- lamp oil
- candle wick
- pre-assembled wick and ball
- potpourri *
- ribbon or raffia
- punch or screwdriver
- Punch hole in center of lid. Bring wick up through hole. Secure wick with washer on underside of lid.
- Fill jar with potpourri. Add lamp oil.
- Tie a ribbon bow around neck of jar. Cut the ribbon very short so it is not near the flame.
- *I put colorful autumn leaves and twigs in the jar for the fall and pine cones and foam snowflakes with potpourri for the winter. Adjust decorations according to the seasons.
By Laurie from Pahrump, NV
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I am curious to know the rate at which olive oil burns, specifically, how long will the 1/2 cup of olive oil I've just put into my first homemade olive oil-Mason jar lamp last? In my workplace we use numerous paraffin tea lights every night.
I am hoping to find an inexpensive, eco alternative that I can turn my bosses onto. I'm guessing they will want to know how long the olive oil will last so they can calculate costs for this lighting option.
January 21, 20140 found this helpful
Can't you just light one and time it? Also would probably vary on the quality of the oil and wick that you use.