DIY: Mason Jar Oil Candles for Christmas

I took one look at these and had to post the DIY! I can't wait to make them - what a great idea for a Christmas decoration. Here's the how to:

You will need:
One 1/8 "Nipple" (available in the Lighting Section of Home Depot or Lowes)
Two 1/8 Couplings (also in Lighting)
Two 3/8 Washers
100% Cotton Lamp Wicks
Your Choice of Oil: Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Peanut Oil, Lamp Oil, Liquid Paraffin Oil
Mason Jar and Lid
Decorative Elements (Optional): Pine Cones, Shells, Coffee Beans, Stones, Vanilla Beans, Herbs, Spices, Fruits

If the lid to your jar is a regular one (no hole), drill a hole using a 3/8 drill bit. 
Push the nipple through the hole.
On each side of the lid, add a washer and then a coupling.
Make sure the nipple and coupling are flush with the top of the lid.
Thread a cotton wick through the nipple; it will be loose at first, but will expand once it is soaked with oil.
If you want your candle to be decorative, add pine cones or other elements.
Add the oil to the jar.
Attach the completed lid to the jar.
Wait for the oil to soak the wick before lighting.

photo and instructions courtesy


  1. Ohhhh myyyy. That looks so fabulous! Let me repin this to my Christmas decorations pinterest board. So lovely, thanks for sharing!

  2. wonderful, great idea. beautiful. D.M. Texas

  3. It I add fresh herbs to the oil will it work?

    1. According to the instructions you may add herbs but it doesn't say if you can add fresh herbs. Personally I would not add fresh herbs as they will go moldy if it isn't something like rosemary.

  4. Has anyone tried this? I just want to make sure it works before I go buy all the stuff to make these as gifts for all our relatives.

  5. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

  6. the flame goes out in just a few minutes. What am I doing wrong. I have decorations in jar and used olive oil and cotton wick.

  7. Your wick might not be long enough. I make candles and if the wick is not long enough the flame will go out.


Post a Comment

Popular Posts