How to Make an Olive Oil Lamp Oil Out of Bottle Corks


Making an olive oil lamp is part of the celebration of Hanukkah. An olive oil lamp commemorates the legend of an oil lamp that burned in a temple for eight days, despite having only enough oil for one day. Creating an olive oil lamp is a wonderful project to do with your child.

Step 1

Find a glass bottle with a 1-inch neck and mouth. Make sure it is clean and dry.

Step 2

Take a wine bottle cork and cut a 1/4-inch slice from one end. Use a sharp craft knife.

Step 3

Thread a needle with candle wick purchased at a craft store. Push the needle through the center of the cork. Leave about 3/8 inch on one side of the cork and leave enough length on the opposite end that is no longer than 1/3 the height of the bottle.

Step 4

Fill the bottle 2/3 full of water. Fill the bottle the rest of the way with olive oil.

Step 5

Drop the long tail of candle wick into the olive oil and set the cork in the mouth of the bottle so it's floating on the olive oil.

Step 6

Wait 15 minutes for the wick to naturally absorb the oil before lighting the wick.

Tips and Warnings

  • Never light your olive oil lantern and leave it unattended. The cork should be cut by an adult.

Things You'll Need

  • Glass bottle
  • Cork
  • Craft knife
  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • Water
  • Olive oil
  • Matches


  • Education: Making an Oil Lantern
Keywords: make oil lantern, olive oil lantern, Hanukkah oil lantern

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