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Turning Mason Jars Into a Creative Light Fixture

A DIYer uses upcycled materials to create a unique, eye-catching light fixture for just $31.

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Mason jar light fixture hanging on patio

Taylor made this mason jar light fixture for just $31. All images in this post: MaryJanes and Galoshes

I just love mason jars, those wide-mouth glass canning jars that hold everything from strawberry jam to fireflies. That’s one reason I’ve fallen for the DIY mason jar light fixture made by Taylor of the MaryJanes & Galoshes blog.

Although Taylor originally wanted it to light up her gazebo, she loves it so much she’s going to relocate it to her living room.
 
Taylor glued the jars to a wood plank, stuffed strings of Christmas lights into the jars, then hung the whole thing in her gazebo, giving the fixture a saloon-meets-fairyland feel.

It all took only four hours (not including drying time for the stain) and $31 to build. Can’t beat that!

How She Did It

Taylor takes you step-by-step in her tutorial. Here are the basics:

  • Decide how long you want the fixture and select a plank accordingly. Taylor used a 2-by-12-inch plank that she cut 4 1/2 ft. long.
  • Lay out the mason jars (without tops) and cut holes in the plank using a hole saw bit the size of the tops of your jars. Sand the board until smooth.

Light fixture saw

  • Drill two smaller holes in each end to attach rope to hang the fixture.
  • Stain if you like.
  • String 6 ft. of rope through the end holes.
  • Glue the open end of the jars into the plank. Wait 48 hours for the glue to cure.
  • Stuff jars with Christmas lights.
  • Hang.

Light fixture hanging

Lessons Learned

  • In her tutorial blog, Taylor says to use construction adhesive to glue in the jars. But she now refines that because construction adhesive “isn’t real pretty and can be seen through the glass.” She advises using a clear epoxy instead.
  • Choose lighting with a brown cord, which is less conspicuous than white or green cord.
  • Make sure you tie a secure knot when hanging the fixture. “Obviously, if this thing fell it would be a huge glass mess,” she says.

Here’s What it Cost

  • 12 mason jars: $5 from a flea market.
  • Rope: $5.
  • Stain: Free, because Taylor used what she had on hand.
  • Wood: $10.
  • Christmas lights: $8 (off-season).
  • Adhesive: $3.

Total: $31

For more ideas on how to use mason jars, check out our 5 Bright Garden Lighting Ideas and 5 Deck Makeover Projects Under $300.

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lisa-kaplan-gordon Lisa Kaplan Gordon

is an avid gardener, a member of the Fairfax County Master Gardeners Association, and a builder of luxury homes in McLean, Va. She’s been a Homes editor for Gannett News Service and has reviewed home improvement products for AOL. Follow Lisa on Google+.

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