Wine bottle oil lamps bring a charming glow to any room. The look is reminiscent of Italian cafes with red and white checked tablecloths and the best pasta in town. Whether you're looking for some Old World atmosphere or simply a creative lighting source, you can make a lamp from a few materials that you may already have in your shed or garage. This project doesn't take long, so you'll be enjoying your new lamp in no time.
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Things you need
- Clean, empty wine bottle
- 1 1/4-inch long threaded metal tube, 1/2 inch diameter
- 1/2-inch metal nut
- 1-inch metal washer
- 1/2-inch thin metal nut
- Lamp wick, 5 to 7 inches long
- Sewing machine
- Lamp oil
Screw the thin metal nut onto the very end of the threaded metal tube.
Slide the washer onto the other end of the tube until it meets the thin nut.
Screw the regular metal nut onto the tube so that it secures the washer against the thin nut.
Sew two straight lines just off the centre of the lamp wick. Cut between the lines to create two wicks.
Insert one of the wicks into the metal tube so that just a bit pokes out of the end with the thin washer.
Fill the wine bottle three-quarters full with water.
Add lamp oil on top of the water.
Slip the tail of the wick into the wine bottle. The washer will catch on the neck of the bottle and keep the bit of wick that extends from the tube exposed. Allow the wick to soak up the oil for a few minutes before lighting.
Tips and warnings
- If the flame is too high or smoking, too much wick is exposed.
- Never leave a burning oil lamp unattended.