Friday, November 22, 2013

Create Some Light, Make a Beautiful Oil Lamp

     When I was younger I loved lighting my Grandma's old oil lamp because it was bright and HOT. She had them all over the house and they were perfect for power outages. I never thought I'd have my own or even be able to make an oil lamp myself! If you use nice glass they can even be great gifts, and hey, Christmas is almost here so snatch up these materials and share the idea with your friends. here are the very simple steps needed to create your own bright 'n' hot lamp.This is the easiest version of all the lamps. Once you understand the basic steps you can be creative and make an infinite amount of creative lamps! Also this is a potentially dangerous creation so make sure to have supervision and work with caution.

Home made vegetable oil lamp


  • olive oil
  • transparent glass jar or cup or holder or whatever you want that's glass and transparent
  • a wick (thread of cotton or cutting a piece of a sock works as long as it fits through the eye of the needle)
  • a cork with a flat base (wider than it is tall so it will sit nicely)
  • matches or a lighter
  • water
  • a needle with an eye
  • wax


  1. Cut the cork so that it has a wide base, wider than it is tall so that it is stable. 
  2. Use the needle to poke a hole all the way through the center of the cork  from the top to the base. 
  3. With the needle through the hole put the cotton through the eye of the needle. 
  4. Pull the needle through the rest of the way and take the pin away so that the string of cotton goes through the hole in the cork. This is so the wick can be shortened and elongated. 
  5. Coat the top of the wick with wax. This part should be a few centimeters long, the longer the wick the bigger the fire so keep it short. Coating it with wax will make it stick up. 
  6. Fill the glass or jar about 2/3 of the way full with water. 
  7. Pour vegetable oil VERY slowly over the water to make a top layer of oil. This should be a very thin layer. 
  8. Place the cork with the wick in the oil so that it floats in the center. 
  9. Wait about half an hour to an hour for the wick to soak up the oil. 
  10. Light it up up up and enjoy! 

    Just for some ideas try making one of these in a glass soda bottle or light bulb! You can also put food coloring in the water for a very cool effect. Since this is dangerous, especially when knocked over, keep a fire extinguisher at hand. Have fun and thanks for reading!