Thursday, January 26, 2012

Hearth and Home: Make Your Own Olive Oil Lanterns (easy!)

With how many power outages we have around here, I always love posts about easy light source ideas.  This one is not only EASY, but also doesn't require me to keep lantern oil (and all of the lovely warnings about toxicity, flammability, and other nasties) around where it might get in trouble.

This lantern idea is SO easy and simple to do and requires olive oil, which burns clean (thus no smoke) and is readily available (for not much money at Costco, Three Bears, etc) as well as all natural.

So go HERE where Little House on the Prairie Living shows you how to make your own olive oil lanterns.

You know...come to think of it...if you were worried about the olive oil leaking in these things, just put the jars in the microwave (sans wick and metal of course) and melt in a few tablespoons of beeswax with your olive oil.  After you melt the beeswax into the olive oil you could put the wick into the lantern and wait for it to cool and harden into a "balm-like" consistency.  Then you could just tuck your wick inside your jar, put the wick holder inside the jar, put the lid on and then put your new "melting candle" on a shelf and voila!  Instant emergency heat source and/or emergency vaseline (in it's cool state anyway ;).  The heat should melt the beeswax/olive oil mixture with no problems and you won't have to worry about leaking oil.  Just a thought.


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