Saturday, January 19, 2013

How to Make Your Own Mason Jar Oil Candle

How to Make Your Own Mason Jar Oil Candle

sharing this craft idea

Hello my Crafty Witches One of my Favorite things in the world is Candles
I love making them and Love giving them as Gifts
Today I am going to show you how to make a Beautiful Decorative oil Candle you can make

you can make these ahead of time for emergencies for blackouts or power failures good for emergency kits

This is what you will need for each jar you will want to make:

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- 1/8 Couplings- Should be right next to the Nipples.
2- 3/8 in Washers- You can buy these in a pack or individually.

You need Lamp Wicks 100% Cotton you find these in craft stores

or make your own out of Recycled
T-shirt 100% cotton. Cut it into strips about 2 inches wide. If it gets too thin the wick will burn faster.

Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Canola Oil, Citronella oil, Peanut oil, Liquid Parafin oil, Odorless Mineral Oil , Lamp Oil Really any oil that burns. Is there any oil that doesn’t burn? Hm… Deep thoughts.

Glass Jar of some sort.

How This Works

The oil is drawn up the wick where it vaporizes and gets burned by the flame. A few ounces of oil will burn for several hours, so if you are concerned about the cost, it is much cheaper than most candles.

Want to get fancy with your olive oil lamp? You can infuse your oil with herbs, spices or essential oils also try infusing your oil with Pinecones Cranberries Fruit like Lemons or Limes or Oranges, Coffee beans ,Vanilla beans etc for a more scented and Decorative experience.

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.

Instructions! This is the good part.

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.

5- Add oil to your jar to the desired amount.

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.

Here are Some Suggestions

Glass Coke bottles work well

Any Glass Jar will work

Note Please use your own Common Sense and take all Safety Precautions with Fire and Candles
don't leave around pets or kids and don't leave unattended


  1. So fun going to the guard ware store now
    Thx for sharing!

  2. which non or low smoking oil do you recommend? My smoke alarms are stupid sensitive.

  3. I like olive oil and peanut oil probably the best, that works for me, everyone is different though

  4. How long could you leave fruit slices or plant material in the jars?

    1. The oil will help preserve the ingredients that you use so it should last several weeks and if you burn candles like we do, you'll go through the candle before it gets too old but if it looks like it is turning dark(the fruit) or smells then by all means dispose of it and make new ones