Sometimes there are projects that fail miserably, and sometimes there are projects that turn out better than you anticipate. This mason jar chandelier falls in that second category. We loved the way this light turned out and believe it or not, it was pretty easy to make and cost us less than $100! You could go out and buy a similar chandelier from Pottery Barn if you’re willing to shell out $400, but since our entire room budgets on Knock it Off are often close to that number, we decided to jump in and tackle this on on our own.
Mason jars are everywhere right now- crafts, decor, lighting- everywhere! You can get a dozen mason jars at the grocery store for around $10- we only used 9 jars for our light fixture, so you can use the other jars to actually can something. Or whatever people do with mason jars.
Step 1: Decide on the size of the ceiling plate (what the lights and wires will attach to) and cut down inexpensive pine, MDF, or plywood- as in our case. Add small pieces plywood to the sides of your ceiling plate to create a shallow box that will attach to the ceiling. Paint the box whatever color you want- we went with black. Simple and classic.
Step 2: Figure out the placement of the lights/wires and drill holes in the appropriate places. We liked the look of holes that were off-set. It almost looks like a zig-zag pattern when you look at the holes from the top. Make sure to use a bit that’s large enough for the lamp cord to pass through.
Step 3: Cut the wires for each mason jar to the appropriate length. We varied the lengths to add interest and also so that the jars didn’t clank against each other when hanging.
Step 4: String the lamp wire through the holes in the ceiling plate and tie into a knot. Strip the ends of each lamp wire cord to expose the wire. Attach all of the wires to a wire nut and then screw the box into the ceiling. At this point, the box will be up on the ceiling with wires hung at varying lengths hanging down.
Step 5: Drill a hole in the middle of each lid, and two smaller holes on either side so that the jars don’t overheat. Attach one end of the lamp wire to a keyless socket (you can find these in the electrical section at Lowes or Home Depot), screw in the light bulb, and slide the lid on the top so that it fits against the socket. Funny story: we were all ready to screw the light bulbs in and reveal this awesome light fixture, and as we tried to screw the jar on, they didn’t fit. We got light bulbs that were too big! Oops! So make sure you get the small size. Screw the jar onto the lid and you’re done! This light totally set the tone for this entire room makeover- it casts a really nice, warm glow over the whole room and looks fabulous. Win win!
If you haven’t had the chance to watch the Rustic Farmhouse dining room episode of “Knock it Off”, go ahead and check it out now! There are loads of amazing projects that will blow you away with how easy and affordable they are.
Have you ever attempted creating a light fixture? Does electrical stuff scare you? It shouldn’t! Give this a try and save yourself $300!