For those of us who love mason jars, this is a total win. I think mason jars are great. I know some people have said mason jars have lived their 5 minutes of fame, but I think there is a reason they have been around for over 150 years. Some things are classics. I don’t use them for EVERY little thing, but when I finally got around to updating the single pendant light over my sink I decided that the most economical solution was to make my own light fixture. I bought a case of mason jars years ago to use as glasses at a baby shower and now they have slowly disappeared as I use them for different projects. This DIY mason jar light fixture is by far my favorite! When we moved in to our home last year, this light fixture was over the sink:
This looks very dated and like it belongs in a grannies house. But I think this looks better, amiright?!
This is such a simple DIY that you can complete in about half an hour (well, add an another half hour for drying time… so an hour. Totally doable.)
Large mason jar
Frosted Glass spray paint (I like Krylon Brand)
Small block of wood
Metal punch or phillips screw driver
Hammer or mallet
1. Holding jar upside down, spray quick spurts of the Frosted Glass spray paint into jar. Let dry. (FYI- I found out the hard way that the regular size mason jars were a little small for my space, so I upgraded to a larger one which is shown at the end… this was the regular size guy and he was too tiny)
2. Turn off power to light. (PLEASE be safe when working with electricity. Always turn off the power before beginning a project like this.)
3. Remove existing glass and light bulb from light fixture. You will want to locate the flange, the ring that screws onto your hanging fixture that keeps your shade in place.
4. Place the flange on top of the mason jar lid and using your sharpie trace around the outside edge of the flange. This will be your cut line, as your lid will slip over the sleeve inside your light fixture and the flange will hold the lid in place.
5. Place your lid onto your block of wood.
6. Using your punch or screwdriver, tap firmly with hammer or mallet to puncture your lid.
7. Wearing gloves, use your jewelry nippers to carefully cut out the circle you just traced. Please be careful, the edges will be VERY sharp!
8. Place mason jar ring around lid and slip lid onto light fixture, silver side up. Replace flange by screwing it onto sleeve (in light fixture) and then replace blub.
9. Screw your frosted jar onto your lid ring, securing snugly. Now flip that light switch back on and admire your handy work!
I am loving this new fixture for a few reasons, it was so easy to do, it looks fresh and clean, and it was free! I already had all the supplies on hand so for me it was free. I love projects like that!
Would you make this fixture for your home?