Monday, April 20

Mason Jar Hanging Light

Sometimes it's the smallest details in a room that make the biggest impact, bringing a whole room together. Personal decorating ideas from small details, decorative accents, a touch of color and cute knickknacks can make immense things happen in interior decorating. Charming handmade embellishments and recycled items are inexpensive ideas that give great opportunities to change the way your room looks and feels.

Last week as I was visiting a friend she was showing me some home improvements she and her husband had made. I was astonished that she had actually made this retro-looking, hanging light fixture. I LOVE IT! She said it only took her a Saturday afternoon to finish up.......and then a week for her husband to hang from the ceiling of her hall bath! It changed the whole look of this small space, adding warmth and lots of character. The following instructions are the steps she took to make these mason jar hanging lights. 

  • Wide mouth mason jars, lids and bands
  • Electrical cord swag or ceiling hardwire kits
  • Hammer
  • Nail
  • Heavy-duty scissors
  • Marker
  • Safety glasses
  • Work gloves
  • Spray paint, optional
  • Place socket in center of lid; draw a circle around it with marker. Use hammer and nail to poke a large hole in the center of circle. Insert scissors and cut out circle.
  • Use hammer and nail to make eight small holes in lid for ventilation.
  • Place lid wrong side up; gently tap down rough edges with hammer. Paint lids, if desired, and allow them to dry completely.
  • Place lid in band, then insert socket through hole. Secure socket in place by screwing the plastic washer ring (supplied with cord kit) underneath the lid. With bulb inserted (she used a 40-watt Edison filament bulb), screw the lid onto the jar. The light is ready to hang now.
  • Always wear safety glasses and work gloves when cutting metal.
  • She found the jute rope electrical cord swag kit and Edison filament bulb at World Market.

If you'd rather NOT make your own light, I love this green glass, copper wired mason jar light. You can purchase them at!



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