Candles and flame lamps can help you create a romantic atmosphere in your home. If you are having a dinner date, spending at home with your love one, or just pampering yourself, lighting a scented flame can really set the atmosphere. With this simple DIY you can create a lamp with ingredients and materials found in the kitchen. In fact this homemade olive oil lamp cost much cheaper compared to candles. I’ve made these with peppermint oil, cinnamon oil & sticks, rose oil & dried roses as well as with lavender essential oil & lavender buds.
Any combination makes a lovely gift, if even for yourself! Making one is simple.
How To Make a DIY Mason Jar Oil Lamp:
- A wide-mouthed glass jar (a quart-size wide-mouthed canning jar works really well)
- A short length of flexible steel wire (1 1/2 or 2 times the height of the jar)
- A wick
- Olive oil
- Essential oil or fragrance oil (optional)
- dried flowers, herbs or spices (optional)
Wrap and Coil Wire to Make Hook
Use the steel wire to create a long hook. Wrap the wire back and forth so you have several strands making up the length. Make the wire piece the same height as the jar. It will help hold the wire and can also be use as a handle to help pull the wick up for lighting.
Wire needed to make coil for your oil lamp
Twist and bend the wire to make a piece that is several strands wide.
Coil the wire around a pencil or small stick so the wire has a handle.
Make Wire Coil For Wick
Measure the wire at this point and make sure it is a couple of inches taller than your jar. At the other end of the wire from your handle coil, make another, looser coil. This will serve as a wick stand with about an inch or two tall that sits on the bottom of the jar.
After one coil is made, make the wire piece a few inches taller than your jar.
Wrap the other end of the wire loosely around a pencil or stick to make a loose coil for your wick.
You will end up with two coils, one on each end of your wire
Cut Wick and Attach to Wire
Create enough length of wick allowing it to stick up above the wire coil. While the remaining length of the wick is covered with olive oil.
Add the wick to the coil you just made.
Twist the wire around the wick to secure it.
Pour the olive oil into the jar. Make sure enough amount of olive is is poured into the jar. This is just under where the wick is pinched leaving enough space for the wick not to totally soak with olive oil.
For a few ounces of oil, the lamp will use for several hours.
Add the olive oil to the mason jar lamp.
Step Five (optional)
You can add herbs and spices to add a romantic scent in the atmosphere.
Add essential oil or fragrance oil to your lamp for aroma.
Add dried flowers, spices or herbs to your lamp to add interest as well as aroma.
Stir the mixture gently to incorporate the added ingredients.
Light & Enjoy!
Your mason jar olive oil lamp is ready to light and use.