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How To Make An Oil Lamp

Updated on April 7, 2013
Build Your Own Unique Oil Lamp
Build Your Own Unique Oil Lamp

Getting Started

Who says a power outage has to be boring? It's not, when you have your own homemade oil lamp. Making this funky accent for your home is as fun as it is beautiful. This oil lamp takes only minutes to put together but will make a lasting impression and add warmth to your home.

What you need:

* One glass bottle (heat tolerant)

* One tin cap for the bottle

* One small knife (or nail & hammer)

* Cotton twine

* Olive Oil

Step By Step

Clean the bottle out thoroughly and let it dry completely. Meanwhile, very carefully puncture the metal lid on a flat, steady surface. Gently wiggle the knife tip until it breaks through the lid. You may hammer a nail through if you prefer. The hole should be large enough to fit twine through but you want it to be snug. It's better to err on the side of too tight than too loose.

Take three strands of twine and knot one end. Braid the three strands together. You want the braid to be slightly longer than the bottle. I usually measure from the tip of my hands to my elbow, but you may want it longer or shorter.

Thread the twine braid through the cap.

Fill the bottle with olive oil. Be sure to leave an inch or so between the lid and oil. You may opt to use other vegetable oils, however they tend to smoke more. Place the twine in the oil and let it soak in. Then fasten the cap back on the bottle. The knot will rest on top of the bottle. Pull the wick up slightly from the cap.

Light the twine and pull up wick as needed. (Never leave the lamp unattended. Always use caution with fire!)

© 2013 Amy L. Tarr


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