This mason jar oil candle lamp is created with beautiful pine cones, evergreens, and cinnamon sticks, combined with essential oils make great gifts for the holidays.
Every year I make a handmade gift for my friends, family, co-workers, and others we want to thank at Christmas time.
In the past, I've made bayberry candles, simmering potpourri, and spice mixes. This year I decided to make a mason jar oil candle lamp, that looks pretty and smells nice too.
I noticed that a lot of people were making oil candles for the summer with citronella, and several survivalists using vegetable oils for an extra lighting source when the power goes out. One of the articles specifically talked about using olive oil, as it burns well without an unpleasant odor.
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That's where I started. I wanted the oil candle lamp to smell nice so I used scented pine cones, cinnamon sticks, and added some essential oils.
The first few I made were so beautiful. I packed them with botanicals, drilled a hole in the lid and added a cotton wick.
Only they did not work. 😐
The wick would only stay lit for a minute or two, even after letting it soak overnight.
So after some research and experimentation, I found floating wicks, often used for Menorah candles at Hanukkah.
They worked! 😛
I was so happy because I had already bought all the materials for many, many gifts.
I did have to replace a few lids, and I no longer needed the cotton rope, but everything else was still viable.
Oil Candle Supplies
Safety Caution: 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.
How to Make Mason Jar Oil Candles
Start by filling the mason jar with botanicals. You can see I've used cranberries, dried orange slices, pine cones, cinnamon sticks, and some fresh cedar from the yard. Don't stuff them too full. You need to leave some room for the floating wick.
Using a wooden skewer, an old pencil would work too, position the plant material where it looks best.
Add some essential oils to your oil. I used light olive oil because it is the least scented, and cheaper than extra virgin. For essential oils, I used rosemary, sweet orange, and lemon. Cinnamon oil would be great too.
Just know that adding essential oils probably won't compare to a scented wax candle. However, it will definitely help with an unpleasant smell from the oil.
Mason Jar Oil Candle
Fill the jar with oil, then add your floating wick.
- As the oil burns, you can add some water, which will make the oil will rise, and allow you to burn the candle longer. However, if the candle goes unused for several days the water will turn and bacteria may start to grow making the candle cloudy. It's best to just add more oil to raise the level above the botanicals.
- You can also use a piece of an old candle's wick for a replacement when the original one burns up.
Update: One of my readers asked if they could use artificial materials. I haven't tried it but as long as you keep them below the flame I think they would work. And, you may not have a bacteria problem when adding water.
Free Printable Tags for Your Oil Candles
I'm adding these tags to my gifts. Feel free to copy them. You can right-click to "save as" and print them as you would a photo or insert them into a Word document.
Another Tip: Since I would be traveling with many of them, I decided it was best to tape the floating wick to the top of the jar with a little washi tape, so it wouldn't get lost in the oil while traveling. This is what I'm referring to on the directions tag.
I love the way they turned out.
Once I figured out how to make them, it was pretty easy to put several together in one sitting.
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