How to Make a Vintage Mason Jar Pendant Light, A Beach Cottage DIY Tutorial
Wed 7th, Aug, 2013
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..