DIY Mason Jar Pendant Light
Wednesday, May 15th, 2013
Mason jar pendant lights are all the rage and sell for a lot of money. This 5-jar pendant light costs $150!
I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to spend that much money – just make your own Mason jar lamp in minutes. It took me longer to gather the supplies for this lamp than it did to make it.
I have seen DIY Mason jar pendant lights on Pinterest for so long and had been itching to make my own. After a bit of research, I found out where I could find the mini pendant kit that would make making this lamp super easy, with no need to know anything about wiring a lamp.
Ikea sells an inexpensive pendant kit (HEMMA) with a plug switch at the end, which can also be turned into a pendant light if you cut off the plug. (But you would have to buy an additional ceiling canopy to hide the wiring.) The Westinghouse pendant light kit I bought at Home Depot comes with a small ceiling canopy, which is a more finished look.
You will need these supplies:
- large Mason jar (32 oz) with wide-mouthed lid and ring (small jars might overheat)
- mini pendant light kit (I found mine at Home Depot)
- large nail
- permanent marker (ideally in white, not black)
- strong scissors (I used my scissors intended for flowers)
- optional: pliers (I didn’t need them)
Mason Jar Pendant Light Tutorial:
1. Place the lid on the table, center the socket on the top of the lid, and trace around it with the permanent marker. If you chose a dark socket, use a black marker, and if you chose a white one, use a white permanent marker or paint marker so you don’t also leave a mark on the socket. I don’t mind the marks, but next time I’d use a white marker.
2. Take the lid and put it back on the jar, securing it with the lid ring.
3. Use the nail and hammer to punch holes along the circle. Leave some space between the first round of holes so that you don’t have one side totally punched out – that will make making holes around the circle very hard. You want to leave just enough of the circle intact that the middle of the lid doesn’t pop out until you are ready.
4. After you can’t make more holes because the nail slips to the side into the holes you already made, use your scissors to cut the rest of the lid. This was easy with my flower scissors, because they are strong enough. If you don’t have heavy-duty scissors, you could also use pliers to remove the center.
5. Add venting holes around the center hole to prevent overheating, and then unscrew the lid from the jar again.
6. Place the socket through the Mason jar ring first and then push the socket through the lid. If you are lucky, it’s just the right size and the jagged edges that were created when making the holes will hold the lid in place. If the hole is too small, use your pliers to make the hole a little larger. If you punched along the circle you traced, the hole should not be too large. If it is, you’ll need to start over with another lid.
7. Put the socket ring over the end of the socket and screw it tightly to the socket, which will keep the jar lid in place.
8. Screw in a light bulb, making sure to only use the voltage that’s suggested for the pendant kit, and then screw on the Mason jar. To get a vintage look, you could use an Edison light bulb — I chose a more energy-efficient fluorescent bulb.
9. Now all that is left is having a handy person in your home wire in your pretty DIY pendant light!
More Decorating Ideas for Your Mason Jar Pendant Light:
- Paint the lid and the jar ring a funky color, or silver or gold to go with your home’s decor. I wouldn’t spray paint the underside of the lid because I’d be afraid of paint fumes that might be released when the jar gets hot.
- Tie rope or yarn around the whole length of the wire in the color of your wall paint to disguise the white or black wire. Since we have white walls, I kept the rope on my lamp white.
- If you like the look, you can make this no-sew cord cover in minutes. I personally don’t think it hides the cord, it makes it stand out more, so I opted not to make one, but it does add another embellishment you might like.
Where would you hang a Mason jar pendant light in your home?