Learn how to make these beautiful floral mason jar oil lamps for spring. They are easy and inexpensive to create and make great gifts.
One of my most popular posts is a Christmas gift I made a few years ago. It was a mason jar oil candle lamp filled with oil, and natural materials such as pine cones, cedar and cinnamon sticks.
One of the many comments from readers questioned the use of artificial flowers and berries, so I decided to try it out.
This time they are a little different because I'm using water with just a little oil because I don't think I need to worry about bacteria growth the same way as I did with the natural materials.
For the most part it turned out great.
How to Make Floral Mason Jar Oil Lamps with Artificial Materials
Start with a mason jar, preferably without the markings. You can use any kind of jar really. It's just nice to be able to see well through the jar. That's why I mentioned one without markings.
Stuff your artificial materials into the jar.
Use a wooden skewer or pencil to move the flowers into place, leaving some extra room at the top.
Add water to the base of the rim.
Then add a little bit of olive oil, about 2 tablespoons, or enough to cover the top. I used a light olive oil as it is inexpensive and doesn't have a strong scent.
People have asked me about using lamp oils but I haven't tried them. Honestly, that's because olive oil is readily available at my home and it's combustible but not flammable.
Candle Safety Note:
Candles need to be handled properly. According to the National Fire Protection Association, many candles have started home fires. Never leave the candle burning unattended. Make sure the candle is set on a sturdy surface away from anything that can catch fire. Keep them out of children’s reach.
See NFPA’s candle safety tips page for more details.
Add a floating wick to the top and you're set to go. This wick should burn for about 6 hours with 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
Keep a lid on the oil lamp when not in use. This galvanized lid is has a nice farmhouse look if you don't like the lids that come with the jars.
Do All Artificial Materials Work In This Oil Candle?
No, just look at the mess these cute little pears turned into in only a few days. However, it has been a few weeks for the other jars I made and they haven't changed a bit.
I even tried it with some rocks and shells. These were rocks and shells that I purchased at a craft store. If they are collected rocks and/or shells I would suggest that you thoroughly clean them first, or you may have a bacterial growth issue.
So pretty as candlelight.
Floral mason jar oil lamps are so easy and fun to make. You could pick some faux flowers up at the dollar store or your favorite craft store. Or repurpose some from your stash. I know you have some.
- 16 oz. Pint mason jars
- Assorted artificial flowers
- Light olive oil
- Floating wick
- wooden skewer or pencil
- Place your flowers and leaves in a 16 oz mason jar.
- Use a wooden skewer or pencil to move the flowers around and pack them in the jar.
- Make sure to leave space at the top.
- Fill the jar with water, just to the bottom ring.
- Add light olive oil to cover the top about 2 tablespoons.
- Drop a floating wick on top.
- Cover with a lid when not in use.
Test your faux flowers out for a day or two first to make sure that they hold up in the water. Some may bleed or change shape.