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DIY Oil Lamp – Citronella

DIY Oil Lamp – Citronella
The White Thistle

This was a super simple DIY Oil Lamp was created out of a necessity!! I was being bitten to death by mosquitos in our garden as soon as the sun started to set.

So on my weekly food shop I spotted some citronella oil in the ‘seasonal’ section. I grabbed it with out really thinking and when I got home I realised I had no way to actually use the oil as I didn’t own an oil lamp.

But I figured it really couldnt be that hard to make… I remember my mum having one when I was little and it was basically oil and string right?

Well yes basically it is…

It is so easy to make a DIY oil lamp chances are you might already have all of the supplies at home.

You can easily customise them by adding using fragrant oils and pretty decor, like rosemary like I did to give it a bit more jazz!

This post will show you a few ways to make a DIY oil lamp.

Making a Lidded Jar DIY Oil Lamp

Gather your supplies. This DIY oil lamp is great for patios, as you can just light it and it should keep all the flying bugs away!

It does require a little effort however I promise the end result is worth it.

Here’s a list of what you will need:

New to DIY check out my DIY tools for beginners post

 

  • Clamp the lid upside down and drill a hole right in the middle big enough to fit your ceramic wick in. I used a 10mm metal drill bit to do this
    • (You could do this the old-fashioned way if you don’t have electric tools by Punching a hole into the jar lid. Position a nail or screwdriver right over the middle of the lid. Use a hammer to force the nail or screwdriver into the lid. Once you have poked the hole, wiggle the nail or screwdriver out.

  • Widen the hole, if necessary. The hole needs to be wide enough so that you can slide your cord or wick through. It needs to be tight enough so that it can support the cord or wick and hold it up over the jar. If your hole needs to be widened, you can use a pair of pliers to peel the edges of the hole towards you.
  • Slip your wick through the hole. The tip of the wick should be now sticking up through the top of the lid. If you want, you can wrap the tip with some tape first; this will prevent the wick from unraveling as you work it through the hole.
  • Slip your wick through the hole. The tip of the wick should be now sticking up through the top of the lid. If you want, you can wrap the tip with some tape first; this will prevent the wick from unraveling as you work it through the hole. You can also use a 100% cotton cord.
  • Fill the jar 3/4 of the way full with citronella oil. You can also use other types of oil as well, such as olive or lamp oil.

  • Place the lid back onto the jar and wait 10 to 15 minutes. This will allow the cord or wick to soak up enough oil so that you can light it.

Customise Your Jar


Slip in a few sprigs of your favorite woody herb.
 This will not only make your jar look prettier, but the herbs will give the oil a faint fragrance as it burns. Great herbs to use include:

  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Lavender

Tips

  • You can also make an oil lamp out of a glass bottle such as a wine bottle too by stringing the wick through a hole you poke in the cap.
  • Make sure the wick is near the oil or it may not burn.
  • If you want to save on oil, use one part water and one part oil.
  • You will need to trim down the wick from time to time. Charred wicks do not burn as well.
  • Make sure to pull the wick up a little until you see fresh wick sticking up from behind the cork, wire, or metal lid. Trim the charred part off using a pair of scissors.

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