Oil lamp

What you will need

  • Quart jar with lid*
  • Cotton sock
  • Vegetable oil
  • Scissors
  • Flat srewdriver
  • Matches
  • Water (optional)
  • Food coloring (optional)
*Do not use a plastic lid

How to make it

Fill the jar about 3/4 full of water, fill the jar the rest of the way up with oil (you don't have to use water, but that way you can make an oil lamp without using a whole quart of oil at one time). Now put the lid on the jar, and use the flat srewdriver to make a inch wide slot in the lid. Next cut a strip from the sock (about 2 to 3 inches long, and a inch wide) and thread it through the slot in the lid of the jar. Let the lamp sit for about 5 minutes before you light it, so that the wick can absorb the oil. You could also add food coloring to the water for a cool look.


Be careful where you set your oil lamp. The open flame could start a fire!

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Cinnamon said:
I've heard that you can use Olive Oil and it does not burn? Have you tried it?

Ethan said:
We tried olive oil and it made a very weak flame that didn't last long. When we were about out of vegetable oil we mixed olive oil with vegetable oil and it burned better but smoked a lot. Vegetable oil works the best and that's about all it's good for anyhow :)
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