In these dark days of January, I thought a little light filled project would add some warmth and brightness. These Mason Jar Oil Lamps are pretty simple to put together, and are really, really pretty.
Today I’m joining with 11 other Canadian bloggers for the first in a year long series of 12 Months of DIY. #12MonthsofDIY Each month we’ll all be crafting with the same item, and coming up with 12 different ideas. The first challenge was mason jars. Be sure to scroll down to the end of the post for links to the other amazing mason jar projects.
To make the Mason Jar Oil Lamps, I used:
- 3 different small mason jars with lids
- Paraffin Lamp Oil
- Cotton Lamp Wick
- 3 Nipples 1/8”
- 3 Couplings 1/8”
- 3 Washers 1/8”
The first step in this project is to drill a hole in the mason jar lid. I found it a little tricky to get it centred, and found drilling a small hole first, and then the larger 1/8” one worked best. It still isn’t perfect, but it doesn’t need to be, so don’t worry.
Next, you thread the nipple through the hole, so it’s about half way through each side, and then add the washer and screw the coupling onto the top of the lid.
Cut a piece of the wick a little longer than the depth of your jar and thread it through the lid. Fill up your mason jar with lamp oil.
Now, screw on the lid, with just a little wick at the top. If the wick is too long, it will cause the lamp to smoke, in which case you can trim it shorter, or push it down to make it shorter. Wait a little while for your wick to soak up the oil before lighting the first time.
You could make these with any size mason jars you like, and there is even coloured lamp oil, if you prefer. I liked the clear oil with the glass.
I think they’d be really lovely as wedding centrepieces, and I think I’ll use mine for an upcoming party.
These should help me get through some of the long nights of winter a little more easily, with their warm cozy light.
With homemade Mason Jar Oil Lamps, life really is a party!
Now it’s time to see the rest of the DIY mason jar project ideas from my Canadian blogging friends.
From the top left, they are: