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Simple DIY idea: paraffin lamps for the garden

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Photo: deco & style

For cozy hours in the garden

These pretty kerosene lamps provide a romantic light on balmy summer nights and the best thing: you can easily do it yourself!

You need this for the petroleum bottles:

  • Glass bottles in blue tones
  • Wick for kerosene lamps (hardware store)
  • Tonkugel (craft shop)
  • Coin with hole (2 crowns piece)
  • Ceramic knob (eg Butlers, 2.99 €)
  • Lamp oil (hardware store)
  • funnel

And that's how easy it is:

1. Cut the wick to the appropriate length. First test if it is thick enough to get stuck in the clay ball and not slipping.

2. Fill the glass bottles with the lamp oil using a funnel.

3. Pull the wick through the ball, pommel or coin, insert into the bottle and place the ball on the bottle opening.

Do not allow candles to burn unattended and avoid drafts. Keep the burning bowl clean. If the candle smokes, wick shorten something. Only burn the candle on an incombustible base or use a self-extinguishing candle.

Props: Tray: Serving dish, Marimekko, 83 €, 32cm, www.scandinaviandesigncenter.de

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