How-To, Relish Style
on January 1, 2010

As the days get shorter, I find myself creating ambient light using things I have on hand For an easy winter centerpiece, place a small glass bottle in the center of a glass cylinder. Fill the space between with nuts, bay leaves, star anise, pinecones and other natural items. Fill the bottle with lamp oil and place a wick in it (wicks and clips available at most craft stores—the clip is the metal disk had holds the wick).

Bed Bath & Beyond and Target both carry a product "Oenophilia Afterglow" wine bottle inserts/kits, which turn any wine or other small-mouthed bottle into a lamp with the addition of lamp oil. Instructions come with product. Joann ( carries wicks, wick clips and kits that have both. Also you can purchase “wine bottle wicks” online from: or the

These last two sell a simple ceramic and wick combo that will also fit into most wine or other bottles with similar openings. With the addition of lamp oil you can make terrific, fun, recycled bottle lamps. All of these products are very inexpensive and can be used for a long time. Many craft stores also sell these products. I have seen them at Michael’s in the past. Good luck and please try out my idea for great lighting using things you already have around the house. I do the same thing in the summer and fill the larger containers with sea shells and sand, then setting the bottle lamp inside. —Relish Food and Prop Stylist Teresa Blackburn

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