Learn how to make an inexpensive patio oil lantern with a lamp insert, a dollar store vase, and gems for less than $10.
While visiting my sister in Florida, I was inspired by her latest decor idea. She was going to make oil lanterns with stemless wine glasses, oil lamp inserts, and tiny shells for her balcony. I loved this idea, so when I got home, I set out to create a similar inexpensive patio oil lantern, that would be perfect for any outdoor seating area.
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This is what the glass insert looks like. You can get three of them at Amazon from the link above. I also bought the lamp oil there, but you may be able to find that locally. The glass inserts measure approximately 4-1/4"L x 5/8"W.
The wick lifts out so you can pure the oil into the tube. Though I liked the idea of stemless wine glasses, the ones I had were too big for the inserts, so I went to the dollar store and found these perfect glass votive holders.
To create the lantern, all you need to do is nestle the insert within the filler. I also picked up a few bags of colored gems at the dollar store. Each holder used about 2 bags of gems. These particular bags were marked 14 oz each. I have linked gems and shells to Amazon, in case you don't have access to a dollar store and want to order some online.
Per the manufacturer's suggestion, make sure to cut the wick as short as possible before lighting. Otherwise, you will have a really high flame.
Patio Oil Lantern
The lanterns turned out great. The only downfall is that they don't hold a lot of oil, and will only burn for 1.5 hours. Still, you can refill them, and I think they are really nice, especially considering how inexpensive they are to make.