Mason Jar Oil Lamps

DIY Mason Jar Oil Lamps: Simple to make and so beautiful. Perfect for a party, wedding centerpiece, or just in your home.

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.

DIY Mason Jar Oil Lamps: Simple to make and so beautiful. Perfect for a party, wedding centerpiece, or just in your home.

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 paraffin lamp oil is clean burning and a good choice.  The nipples and couplings can be found in the lighting parts department of your hardware store.
DIY Mason Jar Oil Lamps: Simple to make and so beautiful. Perfect for a party, wedding centerpiece, or just in your home.

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.

DIY Mason Jar Oil Lamps: Simple to make and so beautiful. Perfect for a party, wedding centerpiece, or just in your home.

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.

DIY Mason Jar Oil Lamps: Simple to make and so beautiful. Perfect for a party, wedding centerpiece, or just in your home.

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.

DIY Mason Jar Oil Lamps: Simple to make and so beautiful. Perfect for a party, wedding centerpiece, or just in your home.

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.

DIY Mason Jar Oil Lamps: Simple to make and so beautiful. Perfect for a party, wedding centerpiece, or just in your home.

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.

DIY Mason Jar Oil Lamps: Simple to make and so beautiful. Perfect for a party, wedding centerpiece, or just in your home.

I think they’d be really lovely as wedding centrepieces, and I think I’ll use mine for an upcoming party.

DIY Mason Jar Oil Lamps: Simple to make and so beautiful. Perfect for a party, wedding centerpiece, or just in your home.

These should help me get through some of the long nights of winter a little more easily, with their warm cozy light.

DIY Mason Jar Oil Lamps: Simple to make and so beautiful. Perfect for a party, wedding centerpiece, or just in your home.

With homemade Mason Jar Oil Lamps, life really is a party!

12MonthsofDIY January Mason Jar DIY Craft Ideas

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:

Upcycled Mason Jar Planter from Sustain My Craft Habit

Mason Jar Fairy Lights from Brooklyn Berry Designs

Mason Jar Travel Cup from Fresh Crush

Mason Jar Oil Lamps from Life Is A Party

Mason Jar Farmhouse Light from Vin’yet Etc.

How to Store Your Sewing Thread Stash in Mason Jars from Time With Thea

How to Turn Old Toys Into Snow Globes from Woman In Real Life

Hanging Mason Jar Craft Storage from The DIY Mommy

DIY Mason Jar Terrariums from New House New Home

Sewing Kit in a Mason Jar from Mommyzoid

Hot Toddy in a Mason Jar from PMQ For Two

Mason Jar Soap Dispenser from Fresh Crush

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Comments

  1. These are awesome! I’ve always wanted to make some but just wasn’t sure how, this tutorial is perfect, I think I could handle making some of these, they’d even make great hostess gifts! Pinned!

  2. Thanks Laurie.

  3. Stunning! Simple! Creative! Love them. Wouldn’t they be pretty outside on a warm summer evening.

  4. I’ll definitely be bustin these out come summer. Great idea 🙂

  5. Heather, these would be perfect outside in the summer. Thanks.
    Dannyelle

  6. Aw…summer nights, can’t wait.
    Dannyelle

  7. These are so great! And they look so pretty the way you have presented them. I want to make some too!

  8. Thanks Joann,
    They’re pretty easy to put together.
    best of luck,
    Dannyelle

  9. Such a great idea! And your pics…using wood slices, pine cones and birch bark…simply beautiful.

  10. Thanks Sonja!

  11. Oh, these are GORGEOUS! Now I really want to try making some – what a lovely thing to make for the chilly and dark winter months. Your photos are top notch too!

  12. Thanks Christina, I’ve been working hard on my photography,so your compliment means a lot!
    Thanks again,
    Dannyelle

  13. I was wondering if I used sent oil for oil lamps. Would that be ok?

  14. Hi Kelly,
    Scented lamp oil would be a great choice. Best of luck.
    Dannyelle

  15. Love these. I’ve always been a bit scared of trying to diy candles but you’ve made this look really easy. Good job 🙂

  16. Thanks Emma, they’re super easy, for sure give them a try, and thanks for your comment.
    Dannyelle

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