You know what I love? Fire. Now… I am not your typical pyro. I only love fire when there is a real purpose for it. I love candles. I love a fire in the fireplace... I also LOVE very MUCH... oil lamps. So tonight, we made oil lamps out of old mason jars, Starbucks bottles, and baby food jars. There was also an old t-shirt- plus, a few other things. But it was SO easy.
I wish I could claim this idea, but I can’t. I not sure where I saw it originally, but it was one of those things that stuck out, and tonight I sought out to make them. And this is how we did it. In fact, my eight year old daughter, Autumn, helped. She loves this kind of thing.
I am a fanatic about saving old jars. Baby food jars are really great for a lot of things. Tonight they found new purpose. And I was also able to repurpose a t-shirt that I was just going to throw away.
- 1- 1/8 Nipple- Yes, they are called that and you can find them in the lighting section at places like Home Depot or Lowe’s with all the spare lighting parts. $2.96 for a set of 8 various sizes
- 2- 1/8 Couplings- Should be right next to the Nipples. $1.96 a set
- 2- 3/8 in Washers- You can buy these in a pack or individually. Individually they cost about $.20, in a pack they are less than $1.
- T-shirt 100% cotton. Cut it into strips about 2 inches wide. If it gets to thin the wick will burn faster.
- Lamp Oil or Olive Oil. Really any oil that burns. Is there any oil that doesn’t burn? Hm… Deep thoughts.
- Glass Jar of some sort.
Tools you will need:
- Cordless drill with a 3/8 drill bit or a really THICK screw driver and hammer to pound it through the lid. We used a cordless drill and the screw driver and hammer method. The screw driver is really great for pounding out a starter hole so that the drill has a guide. You can use the hammer later to make sure the metal is flat if it rolls a little.
- Block of wood. You will want this so that you have something to pound or drill into.
1- Make a dot where you want the hole to go in the lid.
2- If you are using the drill, make a starter hole with the screw driver first. Pound the back of the lid with the screw driver and the hammer. It doesn’t take much to make a hole. Then, take the drill and hold the lid very, VERY tight. It will try to spin on you if you don’t. Remember, 3/8 drill bit.
3- Put the nipple through the hole. On both sides of the lid, add a washer, and then a coupling. The nipple should be longer underneath the lid than on top of the lid. You will want the nipple and coupling to be flush on top of the lid.
4- After that is attached, twist your strip of t-shirt and then thread it through the nipple. It will expand a little after it is soaked with oil.
6- Attach completed lid back onto the jar.
7- You will want to wait for the oil to soak all the way up the t-shirt before you light it, otherwise it will just burn it up.
AWESOME!!! You are DONE!!! And that, my friends, is really ALL that it takes. Who said being self-reliant had to be difficult???
By the way, today while at the Farmers' Market I found the most beautiful sunflowers and I wanted to point them out. Floral & Hardy Farm sells them for $1 each. -They are in Lexington, South Carolina and at the All Local Farmers' Market on Saturdays from 8 to noon.