DIY Essential Oil Lamp

There's nothing more that I love than a wonderful smelling home, and my Essential Oil Lamp will keep your home smelling great for less, and you can recreate them in very little time.


Don't get me wrong, I still purchase the commercially made plug-ins for my bathrooms, but lately with my living healthier kick, I have been thinking of ways I can eliminate all the chemicals in my home and doing things a bit more naturally. I have yet to manufacture my own toothpaste, laundry detergent or cleaning supplies, but trust me, it's coming.


So what made me decide to make these essential oil lamps? I suffer from migraines, and lately I have been having headaches on an almost daily basis. My doctors can't figure out the reason, and I am truly sick and tired of taking medications daily. A friend of mine recommended using essential oils and cutting out some of the commercial products I use in my house. My first thought was of my air freshener. They are in daily rotation in my household, and can be found in almost every room in my home, but I have no idea what's in them or if they're even OK for me to inhale. If it's not acceptable for me, then that means it's not for my kids or my pets either. So I decided to make a change.  One small step for me, a giant leap for my family. I made the decision to create my own essential oil lamps and they smell amazing!!! They are also simple to prepare and you may even have most of the ingredients in your kitchen currently.

Essential Oil Lamp

Here's what you'll need:

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Essential oils of choice
Light olive oil
Floating wicks
Food coloring
Water
Mason jar
Decorations (flowers - real or fake ones work, decorative stones, lemons etc.)



Step 1. Fill your mason jars with your decor of choice. I decided to make 2 different versions. First, I added lemons, some fake flowers and decorative stones that I decided would be used in my kitchen. For my 2nd, I purchased some flowers at Walmart and cut the floral stem to use in my jar. Once you've placed your decor in your jar, cover with water.


Step 2. Add 2-3 drops of your food coloring of your choice to give your lamp a bit of color. I used yellow for my lemon lamp and a nice purple for my floral lamp, but you can use your color of preference. 


Step 3. Add a few drops of your essential oil of choice; this will give your lamp a beautiful fragrance once lit. Since I was using the lemon oil lamp in my kitchen, I used an orange essential oil, and for my flowers I used a lavender essential oil because I wanted to use it in my bedroom to help me relax. 


Step 4. Pour your olive oil on top of your water and decor until it forms a thick layer. Or you can use about 2 tablespoons of oil, which will burn for about 3-4 hours. 


Step 5. Your floating wicks come unassembled so you're going to need to put them together. It's very straightforward. Simply insert a piece of the waxed wick through the center of the hole on the disc. Place on the oil in your lamp and you're ready to light your lamp and inhale a fragrance so aromatic, you won't need any other air-freshener.


I can't wait to produce more with different floral arrangements, spices and even pinecones and peppermint for the winter holidays. These essential oil lamps are not only beautiful to look at, but they're also a lot safer than candles. When you have children you have to be very careful with lit candles. However, in the event that your child knocks this over, the water in the jar would immediately smother the flame. When you're ready to extinguish your flame, simply blow on it, or cover with the lid of your mason jar. 


These stunning essential oil lamps will not only keep your home smelling incredible, but also make for great decor as well. 

26 comments

  1. So you know my love of Mason Jars?! Plus, I happen to love anything scented for the home. So, definitely going to make this when I can now. And cannot thank you enough as this project looks right up my alley :)

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    1. This is so easy to do and smells so good that you're going to love it. I've already made a few more and can't wait to make more.

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  2. I love how you make your crafts easy enough for us all to do. I will be giving this one a try because just like you I want to try living healthier and you're right, I have no idea what chemicals are in those things. They smell good, but doing it naturally is so much better.

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    1. I've noticed that since I started using these that my headaches aren't as frequent as before. I still can't say what it was that was causing it, but this surely helps.

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  3. I agree with Rebecca, I love you DIY's they are beautiful and easy to do. I can't wait to move so U can make these!

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    1. Thank you. You're going to enjoy making them. Give them a try and even get the kids involved. Have them putting your decor in, it'll be fun for everyone!

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  4. They are REALLY beautiful but in a way that feels accessible to me. Like I could make something that beautiful!
    I'm so sorry to hear about the daily headaches. My sister gets migraines and sometimes they're more often than other times. It leaves her unable to do ANYTHING. Really uncool. Finding anything to help seems crucial.

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    1. Oh you can totally make something like this and migraines are the worst. So sorry to hear that your sister experiences them too. I am usually curled up in bed with the lights off when it happens.

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  5. Oh!! I love this. This is so beautiful! I really want to try them like... ASAP. I've been looking for a nice spring DIY :)

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    1. Oh this will surely make your home look and smell beautiful, if you do decide to give them a try, I'd love to see them.

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  6. I am actually going to try this, because I suffer from headaches a lot too. And my mom does as well btw. And I am so done with medication. SO thank you. I'll let you know how it works our for me.

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    1. Please let me know. I've heard about the benefits of essential oils, but because I haven't used them much, I couldn't tell you if they work, but so far so good with this.

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  7. I love this idea, I'm new to the world of oils an am craving new ways to use them. This is going to be my net project, simple and useful.

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    1. I just got into it myself and used them for this first project of mine, and it turned out great. You're going to love it.

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  8. I am bookmarking this and TOTALLY making these. They are so easy to make, AND you can really personalize them with what you put inside. I love this idea - and I adore DIYs.

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    1. Yes they are super easy, I don't think I've made anything this easy this year, although there has been a few easy stuff. You can personalize it and totally make it uniquely yours.

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  9. This is so adorable, I am gonna make it for my sister.

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    1. Your sister would appreciate it for sure, and how about making one for yourself as well. It not only will make your home look nice as decor, but will smell great too.

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  10. What a lovely and creative idea. It would be wonderful to smell the aroma of something you hand made yourself!

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    1. That's the thing, knowing that you made it yourself gives you that sense of accomplishment and it's amazing!

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  11. What a great DIY project! We will definitely try this soon.

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    1. What will you be putting in yours? I would love to see yours when it's all done because I know that it will look great.

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  12. This is a great idea. I love this. I totally want to try it out too.

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    1. And you should! It's so easy that there is no way that you can mess it up. You're going to enjoy making it and smelling it when it's done.

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  13. This is so gorgeous! I remember you telling me how great they smell! These would have been perfect to light as I was waiting for the person that was coming to fix my garbage disposal to arrive. I'm thinking I should just make a bunch of these in advance and light them every night while I attempt(lol) to clean the kitchen! Don't judge me, I'm still working on getting the kitchen clean every night before I close my eyes!

    But anyway, thanks for this post! I'll be sure to share this ideas with my family too!

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    1. They smell amazing, but then again, they smell more like the essential oil that you use. For the real flowers, it's a mixture of both and I can't wait to see what roses and essential oils will do. You've got to make some. I've already done quite a bit here.

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