How to Turn a Wine Bottle into an Oil Lamp


You have just moved into your new apartment. You and your significant other has killed off that bottle of wine last night and it is sitting in the living room. Your Mom, bless her soul, drops by for a visit and she see that empty bottle sitting on your coffee table. You know she is concerned and she gives you that look. Think fast. Tell her you are saving that wine bottle to make an oil lamp, here is what you will need to do:

Things You'll Need

  • 1 Wine Bottle, any size, drink it first, then use the empty bottle
  • 1 Wick depending on the size of the bottle. Determine the length of the wick. You can make your own using an old sock, towel or tee shirt or purchase one from a craft store
  • 1 Topper for the wick to go through, which can be purchased from a craft store or us a metal bottle cap. If using a metal bottle cap you will have to poke a hole through the middle of the cap, using a small knife to make the hole. Still have that cork left over from the bottle? Cut a hole in the middle to pass the wick through
  • 1 Olive oil, canola oil, or lamp oil will work just fine

Wine Bottles to Oil Lamps easy steps

  • Drink the wine, and have a good time.

  • Clean the bottle out and let it dry

  • Need a wick: Either purchase one from your craft store or make your own. If you choose to make your own, find an old sock or cotton tee shirt, or old cotton towel, cut it in strips, the length of your bottle, place the strips in a bowl of water, cover the cloth with table salt, let sit for around 15 minutes, take the cloth out of the water and allow to dry. Turn your oven on to 250 degrees F, and bake it dry or, if you want, just let the wick sit overnight on a cookie sheet to thoroughly dry out.

  • Pull your wick through the hole that you made in your topper. Leave about a half inch of the wick exposed through the top of the holder.

  • Fill the oil with half water and half oil. You can use olive oil, canola oil or lamp oil. Half and half.Place the wick into the bottle letting the wick sink into the oil. Put the topper on the bottle and let the wick become saturated with oil

  • Wait five minutes before lighting the wick. Depending on the bottle size, it will burn for three to four hours.

  • Find a secure place to put your oil lamp so that it will not tumble over

Tips & Warnings

  • Say goodbye to your Mom and when your significant other comes home light the lamp and open another bottle of wine…..

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