Today I learned that if you ever have a blackout, you can make a quick and easy lamp using olive oil and a jar or tin. It works like a candle but as it doesn’t solidify, it gives much more light than a candle, hence calling it a “lamp.” Very handy for emergencies but also a very frugal and eco-friendly light source to experiment with at home.
The lovely glow these lamps give would be great at the table for a dinner party or next to you in the bathtub with some essential oils, for a relaxing soak. Just looking at them makes me feel relaxed!
I’ve seen some people on Pinterest make olive oil candles in orange peels, using the pith as a wick, which look so gorgeous and smell wonderful too but I just couldn’t get it to work for me personally. I found it very fiddly and frustrating to make, and when I finally did get it to work, the result was so short-lived I didn’t think it was worth it :-( But if you want to be brave and give it a go yourself there is a good tutorial here: Orange Candle
I used citronella in my olive oil candle in hopes that it will act as a bug repellant!
How to make a lamp using olive oil
- You will need...
- olive oil
- old jam jar
- wick (the bigger the jar, the thicker the wick should be. You can also buy lantern wick which will give more light)
- wire (or a paperclip)
- essential oils (optional)
- Cut the wick to the length of your jar.
- Using the wire or paperclip, wrap one end around the tip of the wick, leaving about a 2cm end. Wrap it around the wick so that it stays in place but not too tight as you will want to be able to move the wick up with ease.
- With the other end of the wire, create a hook that latches onto the side of your jar, then bend the rest of the wire to meet the centre of the jar, where the tip of the wick will stand.
- Fill the jar with olive oil, right up to the point of the wick, leaving about a 1cm tip.
- Add your choice of essential oils if using.
- Light the candle with a long match and enjoy the beautiful glow and scent of the essential oils.