How to Make an Emergency Oil Lamp

Perfect for blackouts, camping, or even creating ambiance, keeping an oil lamp around is a handy idea.

You will need

  • A small piece of stiff wire
  • A nail
  • A small piece of cotton material or thick string
  • A clean
  • empty tuna can
  • Cooking oil
  • A ceramic bowl

Step 1 Prepare the wick holder Coil the wire around the nail several times to form the wick holder. The wick holder should be slightly below can height. Remove the nail, leaving the last coil wider so that it can stand up by itself.

Step 2 Thread the wick Thread the cotton material or string inside the wick holder and trim it so that it stands about one quarter inch above the wick holder.

Step 3 Insert the wick Insert the wick inside the middle of the tuna can.

Step 4 Fill with oil Fill the can with the cooking oil to about one inch below the top of the wick. For added safety, place the can inside a ceramic bowl.

Step 5 Light the wick Light the wick and enjoy the warm glow.