How to Make a Vintage Mason Jar Pendant Light, A Beach Cottage DIY Tutorial

Wed 7th, Aug, 2013

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Hi Beach Cottage ladies, how are you, today we have the ever-so lovely Catherine here with a How to Make a Mason Jar Pendant Light DIY Tutorial…get ready, this is a goodie.


Hi there, Catherine here!

Have you noticed all the Mason jar pendant lights cropping up across the blogosphere lately? I’ve been pinning them like crazy and they’ve begun to appear in real life too. In fact, it seems like the humble Mason jar is quickly becoming a distinguishing mark of the cool cafes and boutiques around my city’s more style-savvy neighbourhoods and, I have to say, I’m loving the trend. Who among us doesn’t have a bit of a thing for Mason jars? The vintage industrial look of jar lights in particular is right up my alley. What’s useful is that their simple, economical design suits so many different types of spaces.


Although there are a lot of photos of Mason jar pendants out there I’ve never actually seen one in a shop for sale, so to get the look for my home I worked out this easy DIY. The lamp now hangs from a wall bracket in our spare room where the bedside table is too small for a proper reading lamp. Using a blue jar makes my version particularly pretty (if I do say so myself) and I love the way it glows like a night light in the far corner of the room, inviting our guests in to rest.



The project is surprisingly quick and easy to pull off – all that’s needed is a pendant-style light (or a cord salvaged from a disused lamp), a Mason jar, a hammer, and a nail.


1. Set the bulb socket of your pendant light on the lid of your mason jar and trace around it with a marker to make a template of the shape you need to cut out.

2. With your hammer and nail, puncture all around the circle, creating holes closer and closer together until you can pop out the inner bit of the lid, which will look like a donut.


3. Pass the Mason jar band over the light socket then push the lid up after it. The lid should fit snugly around the socket.

4. Screw the bulb into the socket and the jar into the lid. Turn on the light and admire your handiwork!

Tip: If you do give this project a try, don’t forget to hammer in a few extra holes to vent the hot air that will otherwise be trapped inside your jar light if it’s left on for a long time. Mason jars are designed to withstand high heat but it’s better to be safe than sorry where exploding glass at eye level is concerned!


Like the look of it??? I think it’s fab and guess who will be having one in their old cottage very soon?

See you next time, I am working on ABeachCottage Vintage Wares, coming soon, we’ve been gathering lots of lovely Beach Cottage style old pretty things and they’re on the way, more info on Facebook…old weathered by the sea air oars, beautiful old boxes and a vintage ladder or 65 xxx


Catherine blogs at The Spring Blog, a window into life around her little cottage in Brisbane’s leafy inner South… If you press your nose up to the glass long enough you’ll see posts about personal style, favourite recipes, crafty projects, home decor, health, beauty, gardening … and her picks for the best things to do, see, and eat in South-East Queensland..



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26 Responses to “How to Make a Vintage Mason Jar Pendant Light, A Beach Cottage DIY Tutorial”

  1. lg says:

    Hello lovely – where can I get a mason jar here in Oz???


    • Hello lg,

      I feel a bit funny about this shameless self promotion, but since mason jars are so hard to find in Oz I don’t mind telling you that I sell them at my little online shop (www.thespringshop.com.au). Hope that helps! x Catherine

  2. lizzie says:

    same question, haven’t been able to find these lovely blue jars in Queensland Xxx

    • Anonymous says:

      WOOLIES & Coles sell the plain glass ones regularly in 2 sizes, this and a smaller jar. I put either a wash, or decorative tape and ribbon over the jars to get different effects. The small jars are handy for everything from spice jars to mending kits and everything in between. Application is limited only be your imagination, so let it roam free. Second hand stores sometimes have these jars too. They’re put out here by Vacola. Hope this helps

  3. lizzie says:

    Just found them (blue jars). click on the Spring blog in this post, then go to the Spring Shop :)

  4. merilyn says:

    it looks gorgeous! love your bedding too!
    cheers m:) x

  5. katerina says:

    I keep seeing these…. and expecting anyday soon to hear that one has exploded and taken the flippin house with it…hahahahaha

    • Hi Katerina, My father-in-law said the same thing when I showed him the mason jar light I first made… he’s the one who suggested the air vents as a safety precaution to let hot air escape. I can’t believe I didn’t think of it first! Enjoy the rest of your week! x Catherine

  6. Adore this! How beautiful and the blue jar makes it so much more special. Thanks for the tutorial!


  7. Julie Johnson says:

    Will have to try this as I have a few blue mason jars.

  8. Sally Gee says:

    If you use a CFL won’t the heat be considerable less?

    • That’s a very good point… I just used the best looking bulb I had lying around at The Spring Cottage but I’m sure if I’d researched more fully there are other options out there! Thanks for the tip..; I don’t know much about globes but I’m going to look into this! x Catherine

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  10. Alice says:

    Lovely Catherine… I had planned a bunch of these dangled through a small wooden ladder(to spread them out) suspended from my ceiling over my long dining table ( seats 4 on either side – all part of the new renovations). I do love yours by your bedside, adorable in blue… I have so much trouble finding them here in oz!!

  11. Glass and light…love! This looks so gorgeous and great tutorial. Any tips on where to purchase lovely lamp cord like yours?

    • Hi Sarah… They’re hard to come by in Oz at a reasonable price… you can try Ebay but to be honest I pulled mine out of a cheap lamp I bought at Spotlight… if I get any more leads I’ll be sure to pass them on. Catherine

  12. Lisa Mckenzie says:

    Very Clever and it looks very pretty too,love it!

  13. Karol says:

    I found my blue mason jars at Micheals Craft store. If you do not have the store where you live, you might try other craft stores or Amazon. I have some antique jars but I will not be using them for this light! They look great!! Thanks for sharing! Karol

  14. Annette says:

    Hi, I have never seen blue mason jars! I was wondering if clear jars could be painted or stained for different colour options?

  15. rionach says:

    where did you find the lovely blue light cords? My son is in the Marine Corps and I am redoing his room with a beach theme he will love these lights

  16. Laurie says:

    What watt bulb are you using?