How to Make a Light Bulb Oil Lamp

Repurpose an old light bulb into an oil lamp.

Steps

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    Obtain a light bulb.
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    Remove the contact by using a pair of pliers.
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    Poke the insulator using a sharp tool like a screwdriver.
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    Carefully break inner parts of bulb with the screwdriver.
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    Pull them out with the pliers.
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    Discard all broken parts and clean the light bulb.
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    Obtain washers. The washer should have a hole just enough to fit the cotton string.
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    Glue the washer on top opening of the hollowed light bulb.
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    Obtain a block of wood for the base.
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    Carve out a hole for the light bulb to sit in.
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    Apply wood stain.
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    Obtain a cotton string and cut it about 5 inches.
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    Thread the cotton string passing through the opening of the light bulb. Apply glue on the base of the light bulb and put it on top of the wooden block.
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    Inject oil or alcohol.
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    Light it up!
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    Finished.

Things You’ll Need

  • Light bulb
  • Oil
  • Cotton String
  • Wooden Block
  • Wood Stain
  • Glue
  • Washer

Warnings

  • Be very careful around sharp glass! Use eye protection and wear gloves.
  • Properly dispose of broken glass.

Article Info

Categories: Hobbies and Crafts | Reduce Recycle and Reuse