Make an Oil Lamp with an Orange

I LOVE this because of its perfect simplicity.

1. Cut an orange in half and scoop out the flesh, leaving the long piece of white pith in the middle.


2. Fill with olive oil


3. Done!  Wait until dark and light your lamp!

23 Responses to Make an Oil Lamp with an Orange

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  6. Wayne Colegate says:

    Damn…..we in Canada thought that buying candles to save time and energy was the thing to do….this will change our lives completely.

  7. Tee says:

    For stability – Make a base by cutting the end off the other half peel, making a hole wide enough to hold the bottom third of the lamp. Set the base wide end down, then settle the lamp into the opening. Cute!

  8. connie says:

    This is awesome!!!

  9. Carmen says:

    I love it…here in Brazil we love orange and i will do it this weekend in my little house…

  10. Keren says:

    wow, love this! We will have oranges and olives in our new place and we will definitely be doing this!

  11. Kristin says:

    This simple procedure for light blows me away! My daughter just did an exhibit and skit on the history of oranges and I wish we had known about this a few days earlier to share it. Glad you did.

  12. Rich Parker says:

    Olive oil is too expensive and too good for this. I’d use lamp oil.

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  14. Carol says:

    What a great tip! This is especially good if you forgot that bottle of olive oil in the back of your cupboard and didn’t know how to use it up. I’ve written about olive oil lamps in The Passionate Olive -101 Things to do with Olive Oil, but never with an orange. Thank you.

  15. Sophie says:

    The joy of this for us is that we grow oranges and olives, so it’s totally free! But it should work just as well with any oil :)

  16. Bioy says:

    A cheaper oil will do, there’s no need of wasting olive oil.
    We need to start saving resources, olive oil isn’t cheap everywhere, in fact it’s considered a luxury in most countries. Many more people eats “lamp oil” like oil than olive oil. If we stop buying it just to waste (…not to eat), it’s highly probable that it will change the structure of the business, due the excess of offer. One of the possibles reactions could be related to dropping the price, making it available to a wider market. Probably more people will be able to acces to a healthier consume.

  17. Adam says:

    This is such a cool idea! I love oil lamps, and oranges, never would have thought to combine them both. Thanks!

  18. koko says:

    just tried this and it won’t light-guessing the peel needs to dry out first? neat idea though!

  19. Kurt says:

    This works as well with vegetable oil. I’ve used petroleum jelly too. Really cool. Make a design through the end of the other half (big enough it doesn’t burn) and put the halves back together. It makes a glowing ball that makes a really decorative center piece.

  20. William says:

    Did it. And it works beautifully. Only one half of my orange worked though. But still. Great idea

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  23. Nicole says:

    The point of the olive oil is it is around the house, rich Parker lamp oil is not, gees do you not get the concept of emergency!? Wow it’s great I’ll be checking this out.

    Thank you

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