I don't know about you, but I am loathe to throw away my empty liquor bottles. They're just so pretty, and tossing them in the recycling bin makes my heart sad. Luckily, Food52 has a brilliant use for your empties: turn them into oil lamps.
Photo by James Ronson.
Honestly, this tip couldn't be more appropriately timed. Valentine's day is rapidly approaching, and I can think of few light sources that are sexier than an oil lamp made from a pretty amaro bottle. Click the link below for all the details on how to make these, but you'll need the following:
- Empties: Squat bottles with low centres of gravity work best; tall bottles are prone to tipping
- Oil: Food52 recommends Firefly brand oil.
- Flat Cotton Wick: Because you need something to light. You can get it at a craft store or online.
- A Funnel: For funelling.
- A Bottle Wick: To hold the wick in the neck of the bottle.
Once you have all of your supplies, clean your bottles, let them dry, and fill them 2/3 of the way full with oil. Cut a piece of wick about one and a half times the length of the bottle, thread about an inch of it through the bottle wick, and lower the rest down into the bottle. Let it hang out and absorb oil for about ten minutes or so, place in the most romantic spot you can find, and light.