Learn how to make an inexpensive patio oil lantern for your porch. All you need is a lamp insert, a dollar store vase, and gems from the dollar store. In total, the cost is 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.
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 pour 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.
Making Patio Oil Lanterns
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.
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.
Make Your Own Inexpensive Patio Oil Lantern
- Glass container - stemless wine glasses or a votive vase
- Oil lamp insert
- Colored gems shells or other decorative filler
- Clear premium lamp oil
- Remove the wick from the tube and pour the oil into it.
- To create the lantern, nestle the insert within the filler.
- Add a few bags of colored gems. Each holder used about 2 bags of gems.
- Make sure to cut the wick as short as possible before lighting.