Are you looking for creative flower arrangement ideas? Create a unique flowers vase using an old oil lamp. Learn how to repurpose this vintage decor item for beautiful at-home floral arrangements.

3 Oil Lamps and Vase of Flowers

Oil Lamp

Vintage, antique, or brand new, an oil lamp is a charming home decor accessory. Oil lamps come in all different shapes, sizes, and colors. They have been around for thousands of years and were originally used to light people’s way before electricity. They remain in use today, but mostly for home decorating.

My mother had a nice collection of antique oil lamps, and I have collected several oil lamps myself over the years.

I have accented oil lamps in many different areas of my homes, from coffee tables to bathroom countertops. And I loved displaying them on our outdoor porch tables, too. But unfortunately, they never lasted that long with the winds we get in the Vermont mountains.



Just look at this thunderstorm that rolled in on Thursday evening. The next day, we found the fire pit furniture in a pine tree! It was really something…

I also rarely ever lit the oil lamps, and the glass chimneys never seemed to sit centered enough for me.

And this little aspect of old oil lamps would drive me crazy…

Three Vintage Oil Lamps on Table.

So today, I thought I would share with you how to repurpose an oil lamp into a unique flowers vase with flowers.

I picked up four bouquets of pink and orange Gerberas Daisies for our transition from summer into fall.

Short-stemmed and sturdy-stem flowers work best with these oil lamp flowers vases.

Gerbera Daisies

How to Repurpose an Oil Lamp into a Unique Flowers Vase in 4 Easy Steps

This is so easy you’re going to wonder why you never thought of this before! Or maybe you have?

1. Remove the oil lamp chimney.

2. Unscrew the oil lamp wick holder and remove the wick.

3. Run the oil lamp through your dishwasher to thoroughly clean the previous oil residue.

4. Add fresh water and flowers.

I filled my three new unique flowers vases with the colorful Gerbera Daisies.

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Pink Daisy in Small Oil Lantern, unique flowers vase.

How cute and festive are these oil lamps repurposed?

I’m partial to the oil lamps with handles, too.

How to Repurpose an Oil Lamp into A Unique Flowers Vase

And the best part is you can repurpose your flower vases back into an oil lamp just by screwing the top back onto the base and adding your oil lamp chimney. Easy peasy!

But for now, I will enjoy my newly repurposed oil lamps into unique flower vases.

Oil Lamps into A Unique Flowers Vase with pink flowers on table.

What do you think? Do you think you would try this repurposed oil lamp idea?

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vintage oil lamps turned into unique flowers vase with pink flowers.

I think I favor the larger oil lamps repurposed into flower vases. You could make some stunning bouquets with the large oil lamps and surround them with smaller ones, similar to what I’ve done here.

The oil lamps would also make gorgeous holiday displays with evergreen branches.

And an amber oil lamp would be beautiful as a unique fall flowers vase.

Pink Flowers in Oil Lanterns, unique flowers vase.

Here is the oil lamp turned vase on a glass nesting table in our sunroom.

Oil Lamp to Unique Flowers Vase in Craft Room.

A new bouquet of fresh fall flowers back in Vermont in my craft and blogging space highlights the oil lamp in a new and whimsical, unique flowers kind of way.

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Unique Flowers Vase repurposed oil Lamp

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I hope you found decorating inspiration here today. Don’t forget to email me your oil lamps repurposed into unique flower vases so I can highlight them on the blog! It would be so fun to see all the different bouquets and oil lamp designs that you come up with.

Your Unique Flowers Vases

I love seeing and sharing what you create, too! An oil lamp repurposed into unique flower vases for a wedding centerpiece.

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If you have any thoughts, comments, or suggestions, I’d love to hear from you. Please share in the comments below. And be sure to share this blog post link with your friends who are also vintage enthusiasts.

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  1. Cathy Ray says:

    I love this idea. I have a collection of old oil lamps and I am going to do this! I might even paint one. Thanks for the idea!

  2. I love this idea! I yave several lamps in my garage that belonged to my grandmother, one has a green base. They have been sitting on a shelf at not any more! Will bring them in, clean them and fill with flowers, in memory of my grandmother 💖

    1. I love that so much, sounds like a wonderful and thoughtful sentiment. I’m so happy you were inspired:)

  3. Kathy Munday says:

    What a great idea!!!!! I am now on the hunt for an oil lamp!!!! Thanks Ann.

    1. Awesome, thanks for stopping by today Kathy!

  4. This is such a fun idea, Ann! I always see these lamps when I am out antiquing, but never knew what I would do with them. Wow what a storm you had! Have a great weekend!

    1. Thanks Molly, yes we’ve been getting hit hard with humidity and thunderstorms, more on the way today too!

  5. I don’t have have oil lamps but I find their form to be beautiful. This is a clever repurpose. Plus now you have all those new mini cloches to play e 😊

    1. I do too Pamela. And now here’s a second purpose for these beauties. And you’re so right all those extra chimney’s to play with:) We think alike!

  6. Joann Scholl says:

    That’s a great idea! We have a few from my father in law. Now I can use them.


    1. I’m so glad you were inspired. I have so many too. And they’re so cute this way🌸