DIY Easy Tin Can Oil Lamp – Tutorial

DIY Easy Tin Can Oil Lamp - Tutorial

In this tutorial I’ll show you how you can make an easy oil lamp with an empty tin can, some wire, cotton string and cooking oil.

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You’ll need:

  • empty tin can *
  • 100% cotton string
  • copper wire
  • cooking oil
  • scissor
  • round nose pliers

* You can also use a glass jar or glass candle holder instead of the tin can, but be careful: glass can break if the heat is concentrated in one area.

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Why I Use Oil Lamps Instead Of Candles
  • Oil lamps give more light than a candle.
  • Some candles emit toxins like lead, zinc etc.
  • Oil lamps are safer than a candle or regular oil lamps with lamp oil because the flash point of vegetable oil is so high that the fuel can’t ignite if the oil lamp is knocked over.
  • Oil lamps also burn with a steady flame and produce less soot.
  • They’re economical and cheap: Oil lamps are a great way to use up old cooking oil (even rancid oil doesn’t smell rancid when it’s burned in an oil lamp).
  • And if you’re sensitive to smell: oil lamps don’t smell like candles or tealights, they hardly smell at all while burning. Just when you blow out the oil lamp, there’s a wonderful barbecue smell! 😀

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DIY Candle Wick

Use a thick 100% cotton string or braid together three thinner cotton strings.

Trim the candle wick after each use: just cut off the black part of the cotton string.

 

Tutorial: DIY Tin Can Vegetable Oil Lamp

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Wash the tin can with soap and water and dry it.

Use the round nose pliers to bend one end of the copper wire into a coil, big enough so that you can insert the wick easily, but small enough to hold the wick.

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Bend the other end of the wire into a large spiral.

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Pour cooking oil into the tin can up to the wire coil or slightly above.

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Wait some minutes till the wick has soaked up the oil.

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Then light your DIY tin can oil lamp and enjoy the beautiful glow! 😀

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I used vegetable oil lamps for my DIY ice luminaries and to make homemade almond kohl.

4 thoughts on “DIY Easy Tin Can Oil Lamp – Tutorial

  1. I have never even thought about trying to make something like this. I can’t actually believe how easy it is. Your step by step is great. I’d like to give this a try in the summer when we eat outside. I also feel like this is the kind of thing we all need to know in case of a zombie apocalypse !

    1. Yes, isn’t it great that one can make an oil lamp with repurposed trash: tin can, scrap piece of wire and old cooking oil? 😀

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