Ever wanted to create your own candles at home but don’t have any wax? This tutorial for Olive Oil Candles is a fun project.
Olive Oil Candles
It’s a good idea to be able to know how to create your own light sources in case you ever need them. This is a simple candle that you can put together with things that you already have laying around the kitchen (besides the wick, but I’d recommend keeping that as a regular stockpiled item anyways!)
There were many times when we have lost power at our house. One time, in particular, was in the middle of a very very cold blizzarding night. (I can’t remember the exact temperature but I know it was negative something!) The power lines must have had ice on them and just like that the house went pitch black. All we could see with was the light from the wood stove which was in the living room. If I wanted to go to other areas of the house I would need some kind of light and of course, it was too dark for me to find my box of candles!
The living room was connected to the kitchen so I could see a few things in there. I gathered up a few supplies and created this little candle for extra light to place in the other rooms as needed. For the next time, I’m going to be sure to have some lantern wick on hand to help it burn brighter. You can make an Olive Oil Candle too! Just follow the easy picture instructions below and you will be on your way to lighting up the darkness. 🙂
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DIY Oil Candles
What you need:
Depending on how long you want your candle to burn you can pick different thicknesses of wick. The one I used here is the one I had on hand but I think for next time I will get some thicker wick or even lantern wick so it provides for light and burns longer.
I would go with at least a #2 wick if you choose the smaller, more candle-like flame.
Or if you are going for more light you may want to pick up a lantern width wick.
Cut the wick a couple of inches long. Wrap part of the wire or paper clip wire around one end of the wick. Wrap it tight enough that the wick can’t fall down but not so tight that you can’t move the wick up when you need to.
Bend the wire so it hooks onto the side of the jar.
Here’s a close up of the wick in the middle. You don’t want too much sticking above the oil because it needs to be able to soak the oil all the way up the wick to burn.
Add your olive oil and that’s it! To save money on olive oil you could buy the expired oils from surplus stores. Although, these candles burn for a long time on a small amount of oil so they are generally more inexpensive than regular waxed candles anyway.
The awesome thing about this candle/lantern is that olive oil burns clean and doesn’t smoke.
How to Make Scented Olive Oil Candles
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I personally used these squatty style half pint jars. They held a good amount of oil but were easy to create the candle in (and pull the wick up in).
What should we work on next? How about making Coconut Oil Beeswax Candles?
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This post on Olive Oil Candles was originally published on Little House Living in January 2012. It has been updated as of September 2019.