Hanging Mason Jar Light

Published on: Sep 25 2013 by The Guru

Photo Sep 25, 1 47 20 PM

It’s safe to say that mason jars have taken the crafting world by storm. And why not? They’re rustic, charming, and have more uses than anyone could possibly count. On top of that, they’re cheap! So all aboard the mason jar bandwagon, because we’re taking it straight on through to Craft Paradise.

My office is in a constant state of flux. I can never decide exactly how I want it to look, how I want the furniture arranged, etc. So when I was redoing everything two makeovers ago, I decided that a wall lamp would be suited to my indecisiveness. I started off with a desk lamp I already had plus some heavy duty velcro. It looked pretty good (if I do say so myself) but it was only temporary. I just needed some light until the lightbulb of a good idea went off above my head. And, after dismantling a floor lamp someone had gotten rid off, it did!

The other month, I rescued a functioning, albeit it very cheap floor lamp from being thrown away. I didn’t like the lamp itself, but I sure did like what was inside it. So I removed the light fixture itself from the lamp. Finally, I was inspired. One trip to the craft store and Home Depot and I had my supplies for just about the easiest home decor craft ever.


The great gathering of supplies

The great gathering of supplies

To make a hanging mason jar light, you will need:

  • one medium or large sized mason jar
  • one lightbulb (that will fit in the jar)
  • one light fixture with a long cord
  • a hammer and screwdriver
  • one wall shelf bracket
  • a sharpie or other permanent marker
  • spray paint (optional)

Spray paint the mason jar top of you so choose.

The most time-consuming and challenging part of this project is making the hole for the fixture.  Begin by tracing the shape of the fixture on the metal tap of the mason jar with a sharpie. Then use the hammer and screwdriver to punch holes along the outline. To speed things up, I used a phillips screwdriver to puncture the metal every 1/4 inch or so and then used a flathead screwdriver on the space in between.

Punching holes and removing the center was a pain.

Punching holes and removing the center was a pain.

Once you have removed the center, slide the metal top onto the light fixture. You may need to further secure your fixture so the jar does not slide off. I did not have to so if you do, consider getting a larger mason jar and just punching a hold for the cord rather than part of the fixture. Insert the lightbulb and screw it onto the mason jar. Now the light is complete.

Don't forget to make sure your lightbulb will fit in the jar!

Don’t forget to make sure your lightbulb will fit in the jar!

The last step involves securing the light to the shelf bracket. How you do this is dependent on the bracket itself. You make have to staple it in place (don’t staple the cord itself) or you may only need to wrap it around parts of the bracket. I tied my light onto one side of the bracket, wrapped it around the decorative metal part a few times, and then wedged it into the other side.

Once you’ve secured your light to the bracket, you can hang it up. And that’s it. I told you it was easy.

The final product once again.

The final product once again.

PS. Yes, I do have both an exposed brick wall and chalkboard wall. And yes, it’s awesome.

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