Oil lamps, much in use in the earlier days, slowly started being replaced by the electrical ones. Gradually, a time came, when oil lamps became almost non-existent in homes. The trend has changed once again and these days, oil lamps are being used for practical as well as decorative purposes. Not only do they provide light during power outages, but the scented ones also freshen the air when lit. Apart from that, oil lamps can be easily made at home as well. In case you don't believe us, go through the following lines and explore instructions on how to make an oil lamp at home.
Making Your Own Lamp Oil
- Glass Bottle/ Vase
- Ceramic Top/ Cork/ Bottle Cap
- Ice Pick or Knife
- Lamp Oil
- First of all, you need to arrange a glass bottle or vase. Even liquor and soda bottles work well. The only thing that you need to keep in mind is that it should have a small mouth.
- The next step will comprise of giving the bottle/vase a thorough wash. Now, set it aside, so as to let it dry completely.
- Arrange a top for your lamp. It might comprise of a ceramic wick holder, a cork or a metal bottle cap. In the last two cases, you need to poke a hole in them, with an ice pick or knife.
- Now is the time to thread the wick through the hole in the lamp top. Make sure that you leave 1/4- to 1/2-inch of wick poking out of the top. You can also use 1-inch strip of an oil sock or a T-shirt as the wick.
- Get the lamp oil and fill the bottle/vase with it. Make sure that the quantity is neither too much nor too less.
- Next, you will have to drop the wick into the bottle. While ceramic tops will just sit on top of the bottle, you will have to secure a cork or metal bottle cap tightly.
- Leave the lamp undisturbed for sometime, say 2 to 3 minutes, to let the wick soak up the oil.
- Your oil lamp is ready to be used!