DIY Mason Jar Chandelier

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From Marty: I’m so excited to finally be sharing our DIY Mason Jar Chandelier! With all the seasonal projects I’ve been working on (both Christmas and Valentine’s Day) I was waiting until I had enough time to devote to this post. So here it is from my handy hubby Tim!

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Tim: Let me start by saying that this project is not for everyone, for a number of reasons. Not everybody has a spare chandelier hanging around (hah! get it?), nor a design template to accommodate a mason jar conversion. But the difference was quite amazing and was perfect for where we were going in our kitchen.

As a painting contractor, I have access to a lot of throw-aways as people undertake a remodel.  Their trash – our treasure! The only difference is imagination…and Pinterest! I got a number of fixtures from a client that replaced many of the older fixtures in their new home. This was a 10-light brass chandelier with cloth shades; pretty, but pretty dated. With some Pinteresting launchpads, I went to work fleshing out just how I could make the transformation.

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The big challenge was how to make the mason jars work. Incredibly, the little platforms around the fake candles were the perfect size to accommodate the rings for the mason jars. This was HUGE, and set the stage for the entire fixture.

I began by hot gluing the rings upside down onto the platforms and checking to see if they would support the weight of the quart jars. I was also concerned about the added weight of ten jars, but neither turned out to be an issue. There was some concern about heat, too, but I backed off the bulbs and reminded my bride that mason jars are made to withstand the sustained heat of the canning process. I would also decide later to install a dimmer on this fixture.

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An important consideration while working is balance; it’s almost like tightening lug nuts on a tire! You install on one side and then work on the opposite side. This keeps the fixture balanced and insures stability as you work.

Worthy of note here as well is the fact that I had to select a very specific bulb that was short enough to not touch the mason jar. Not a big deal, but important if you are using this as a tutorial for your project. This doesn’t have to be really pretty at this point, since there was painting yet to be done. You want a good bond to support that jar, remembering that you still have to unscrew it to install/change bulbs.

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Yikes! Look at all that glue!  Not to worry – remember there is paint to follow. I made the decision that I would use caulking (yes, painter’s caulk) to smooth out the transition between ring and platform and it worked beautifully. That step is down the road a bit.

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So, here we are, ready to begin the painting step. All the rings have been secured, jars removed, and the fixture now hangs from a tree above the deck outside. The key word here? Outside! (Yes, it was at night.)

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I used a Zinsser aerosol primer over everything first. Notice that nothing was taped off. I wanted a coat on everything, even the white “candlesticks”. You don’t, however, want to spray down into the bulb sockets – it almost looks like I am, but they are being avoided. I also did not sand or distress the brass at all. No need, as you’ll see.

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After the prime coat, everything was top-coated with a gloss white aerosol. No specific choice, just something I had in the shop. You may notice some imperfections still obvious around the platforms. Remember the caulking? Now’s the time!

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Probably the messiest part of the project, the caulking was the perfect solution to finish off the platforms. I was also confident the caulk could handle the heat of the fixture.

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Apply liberally and then smooth with your finger. I went around the entire fixture twice with this step, just to get as smooth an effect as possible.  I also have one more layer of paint in the accent color, so any wiggle room disappears after this process.

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Because the accent color would be applied to all the arms, I needed to go back outside to the tree and suspend the fixture. There was also some white touch-up to cover that caulk.

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The accent color is actually leftover chalk paint from the china hutch I painted. VERY tedious and intricate at this step, especially since two coats were required, but the end is in sight! An added bonus of the chalk paint is the flat finish in contrast to the glossy white on the rest of the fixture. The consistency in design color was not accidental, either!

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And yet another bit of Pinteresting perfection perseveres! This is such a unique addition to our kitchen and works very well in the space. The light passing through the mason jars creates wonderful patterns in the room, and the dimmer switch simulates candlelight beautifully.

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We did briefly consider blue jars, but I was concerned about an artificial overtone that those jars would create. We stayed with the normal quart jars from the local grocery store (and good luck trying to find some out of season!)

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So, go get that dusty old chandelier, dump the nasty green beans out of those mason jars, get you some spray paint and go for it! After all, the only thing missing is your imagination!

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From Marty: I keep hoping we will finish with our kitchen project soon (ha!) so that I can do a big kitchen reveal. (Seriously, isn’t that just more impressive?) But alas, that ain’t happening anytime soon. We have cabinet knobs and hinges to paint, a totally cool back splash to finish and kitchen cabinets to touch up. The kitchen floor (which is peel and stick strips from 16 years ago ~shiver~) needs to be replaced, too, but that’s somewhere after the bathroom demolition. So if you don’t mind, I’ll keep posting some teasers so you’ll want to hang around and see what my handy hubby comes up with next!

Below is a pic of the new wall color (Tim couldn’t stand the color after he redid the hutch. Me, either, but I wasn’t about to tell him that!) so we changed it to the yellow below. As he was painting he told me he was more afraid of that yellow not working than any paint job he had ever done (and he’s a painter by trade so that’s saying a lot!) It was a totally different color from any of the family rooms in the house, but I couldn’t be more pleased! The kitchen has become my happy room! I’m hoping it will motivate me to tolerate enjoy cooking more (emphasis on enjoy, because I cook all the time).

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I absolutely love the dimmer switch Tim installed. We’ve never had one before and it allows us to set the tone when we entertain or enjoy dinner as a family.

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I send my hubby Pinterest projects, he creates, I take photos, we write,  I edit and together we make a pretty good team.

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Cost:

Chandelier     free

Mason Jars and rings   $10

Chalk Paint  (leftover)

Light bulbs      $12

Primer        $8

Total:      $30

That’s a lot of bang for the buck!

You can see how fun the chandelier looks in our newly made over kitchen!

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Want to see more of my husband’s handiwork? Simply click on the picture below to be taken directly to the post!

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Comments

  1. This is too cool! The blue looks great against your yellow walls. Great job :)

  2. That is so cute! We have a mason jar chandelier that is made from an old wagon wheel. The mason jars face down instead of up. :)

  3. LOVE it! I think we got a peek at some new valances . . . that pull the yellow and blue together. Looks good!

    Can’t wait to see the whole kitchen reveal.

    :) :) :)

  4. Really cool! Great job!

  5. Oh, and love those yellow walls. And, yes, yellow is tricky, but that looks really nice, happy, refreshing, and springy.

    • Thanks for commenting on my mason jar chandelier and I”m glad you liked the yellow walls. They are certainly tricky, as you said, but I love it! Please come back and visiting Marty’s Musings again soon.
      Marty

      • Paula Mibb says:

        I’m thinking about using the 12 oz quilted jam jars with LED bulbs to transform our old builder grade brass fixture. I can’t decided if I should attempt to cut the bottom off the jars or not.

        • Here’s what my husband says, Paula: Cutting glass is always really tricky…and dangerous, of course. I know the jars you are thinking of and the lights certainly wouldn’t be a problem. Ideally you would flip the jars and install the lights into the lid end. However, given that you are asking about cutting off the bottoms, I assume that the first method won’t work for you.

          I have had these jars explode in the canning process and, while the breaks were never clean, the bottoms usually came off. It did leave a pretty jagged edge…nothing you could work with in this application. I don’t know how you would cut the bottoms off; grinder, cut-off wheel, or something of that nature. This is thick glass meant to withstand high temp’s, so it is not going to be easy. If you are a DIY-er, use EXTREME caution with full protective gear. If not, take it to a glass pro and see if they can cut you a deal. You’ll also want them to smooth the edges to be safe.

  6. Love, love, love it!! It’s so pretty. The color, the mason jars. Super cute guys!!
    And HAPPY almost 26th anniversary to you both!! :)

    • Hey, Shannon. I was going to comment on your blog but it gave me an error message. Thanks for visiting Marty’s Musings and commenting on my mason jar chandelier. It was so fun and I’m so thrilled with my husband’s work. Thanks for the anniversary wishes, too!
      Marty

  7. I love it! I wonder if the chandelier in the dining room could handle this process? Hmmm you’ve really got me thinking and wanting this for our home! Thanks, I’m pinning.
    Debbie :)

  8. A.W.E.S.O.M.E. Hubs and I were talking earlier about how much we love mason jars. The yellow is beautiful with the fabric you chose for your window treatment. How far do you live from CT? :-) Since I won’t remember unless I get to read it on the 14th, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!!! Got you beat though, we’re coming up on 36 in May! Of course we’re also older :-(
    Janet

  9. Wow, love this project…and it is perfect chandelier that gives light while you celebrating a valentines to your special someone.

    • Hey, Emma! Thanks for commenting on our mason jar chandelier project. I’ll definitely be using it this week for our 26th Valentine anniversary!
      Marty@Marty’s Musings

  10. Marty, I love your blue and white chandelier! Beautiful color choice.

    • Hi, Denyse! I’m so glad you liked our blue mason jar chandelier. It has been fun to try new things and learn exactly what I like (and don’t like!)

      I hope blogging is going well with you, too.
      Marty

  11. Aren’t you the lucky person to have a painting contractor for a husband. I love my husband dearly but I have nicely asked four days in a row to help me move some furniture. Nada!! LOL So you can see I’m a bit jealous!! Very creative project and I bet it wouldn’t be too difficult finding one of those chandeliers at Goodwill or some other thrift store. Thanks for sharing your expertise! And would you want to share your husband? I still need that furniture moved!! LOL

  12. LOVE this! Simply love!

  13. Wow, this is probably one of the best mason jar chandeliers I’ve seen so far! Love the light blue color, too. It would be fun to try some sort of mason jar lighting project someday, but I don’t know if I’ll ever be that ambitious. Lovely job! Found you at the Frugal Friday party @ Shabby Nest.

    • Hi, Amanda! Thanks for stopping by Marty’s Musings and leaving such a nice comment on our mason jar chandelier project. I love it and thrilled other folks like it, too (plus my husband likes the happy comments, too!) I hope you’ll visit again soon!
      Marty

  14. The color is perfect against that yellow wall. a truly amazing transformation.

  15. This is just an amazing project I would never have thought to use Mason Jars on the Chandelier. I will not pass one of these by again and think I can’t do something different with it. Your tutorial is really well written, I think I could even try this! Visiting from Roadkill Rescue.

  16. This is such a fabulous chandelier idea! I love how you used mason jars and painted it a fun blue color! Great job!
    Karin

  17. Now I’ve seen a lot of mason jar lights but this is by far the neatest. Great job!

  18. I love it! Great job!

  19. Very cool up-cycle, and I love the color! Pinning!

  20. Looks great, it has a country feel without being overly country if you know what I mean. Thanks for sharing.

    • Hi, Ches. Thanks so much for stopping by Marty’s Musings and my mason jar chandelier. We love the blue and yellow together and love the casual and bright feeling.
      Marty

  21. Love this, Marty! Totally charming. I’m pinning :)

    Jeanette

  22. I love how bright and creative this is. It looks like it puts out even more light with the jar globes.

  23. I love this project. And the best part is the cost!

  24. This is very cool and unique. It makes the room look so cheery! Great job.

  25. Hi Marty ! I just wanted to let you know that we featured your beautiful chandelier at The Inspiration Gallery.http://www.craftberrybush.com/2013/02/the-inspiration-gallery-features_9.html.
    Thank you so much for taking the time to share with us….xo

  26. Oh, I love this! What a great upcycle.

  27. Very cute Marty!! Thanks for sharing this at my Pin Me Linky Party.

  28. Wow Marty! Absolutely gorgeous!!!!

  29. I love how this turned out! I bet the dimmer switch really makes it look beautiful at night! My hubby and I create and blog together, too! :) Have a good weekend!

  30. That is absolutely GORGEOUS!!
    I just found your blog and I’m SO sure you will become one of my favorites!!!

  31. I love it! It’s true, one mans junk is another mans treasure. I sure if they saw how you transformed the chandelier they would want it back!

  32. Just the encouragement I needed to paint the builder’s brass chandelier in our dining room. Thanks!

  33. What a fabulous design! I love all of your choices…the touches of turquoise and white…the mason jars…the contrast off the yellow dining room. Great design all around – very shabby chic. Thanks for sharing your talents. Jodi @ http://www.meaningfulmama.com

    • Hi, Jodi. You were so great to take the time to comment on our mason jar chandelier. We our loving our newly decorated kitchen with the turquoise and yellow. Please come back and visit!
      Marty@Marty’s Musings

  34. Awesome job!

  35. Oh my gosh this is absolutely fantastic! What a fabulous repurpose!!!

    Fotini

  36. I just love this, what a great project yay for you and hubby :)

  37. Hi Marty, I LOVE the mason jar chandelier…it is adorable! I’m really into that color of blue right now too…I think it makes it feel vintage. I’m thinking one of these would be adorable on my screened in porch! Have a great week!
    Amy
    http://www.homesweetthriftyhome.com

  38. I am in love with this chandelier! Your husband did a great job with the instructions! Definitely pinning this one.

  39. Awesome! I have the same awful “before” chandelier hanging in my dining room. I am inspired to try this out!

  40. I found you from Diana Rambles Party! I host Fluster Creative Muster Party on Wednesdays and I would love it if you would come by and party with us. Hope to see you there!

    Hugs, Smiles, and Blessings,

    Robin
    Fluster Buster

  41. That looks a maz ing! I just love it so much! Great job!

  42. So creative! I’d love for you to come link this up at my Tuesday Time Out!
    Melanie Reasons To Skip The Housework

  43. That looks utterly amazing! I pinned you as I would love to do this on my porch! Thanks for sharing. I found you at Memories by the Mile Link party!

  44. This is so amazing!! I love how the blue pops against your yellow walls. Stunning and frugal!! Thanks for the inspiration!

    Jen @ Noting Grace

  45. Love it! and so much cheaper than Pottery Barn…way cuter too!

  46. This is so cool, Marty ~ now I want one!

    I would love to have you share this at Project Inspire{d} ~ http://cupcakesandcrinoline.com/2013/02/project-inspired-link-party-week-1/

    I hope to see you there! Hugs, Mary Beth

  47. This turned out fantastic! I’d love for you to stop by my weekly link party and link this up. http://thelifeofjenniferdawn.blogspot.com/2013/02/a-little-bird-told-me-link-party-29.html

  48. How adorable! Such an improvement over the original, too! I’d be thrilled if you’d link up at this week’s Off the Hook!

  49. Wow! this is a VERY detailed tutorial! Thank you so much for all the tips. I was wondering how people attached the mason jars, but you explained it very well!

    hugs x
    Crystelle

    • Hi, Crystelle. I’m so glad you liked our mason jar chandelier. My husband did a great job of explaining it, didn’t he? Hope you will stop by again!
      Marty@Marty’s Musings

  50. I saw this on the link up! OMG this is awesome like seriously! Great job and only $30 you cant beat that! Great job.

  51. Congratulations! This post is featured over at Diana Rambles today and has been pinned in the Featured at Diana Rambles board at Pinterest. Please grab a featured button off my sidebar or via the link under the features. Thanks for sharing this awesome idea!

  52. This is great, Marty! I love the look of this chandelier! Thanks for sharing! =D

  53. Such a great post with tons of helpful tips. Thanks so much for sharing:)

    • Thank you, Kim, for taking the time to comment on our Mason Jar Chandelier. I’m glad you liked the tutorial! Please come back and visit anytime!
      Marty@Marty’s Musings

  54. Marty, that is stunning! Wow! You made it look so easy too! Great tips/tutorial. I’m including a link back in this week’s highlights. Thank you so much for sharing!

  55. This is such a great makeover of an old lamp. I love it! Thank you for sharing the step-by-step tutorial too. Blessings, Patti@OldThingsNew

  56. So clever! I’m featuring this in my DIY round-up from last week’s Monday Funday party. Thanks for linking it up!
    http://www.creativelylivingblog.com/2013/02/diy-round-up-features-from-monday-funday-5.html

  57. This is AMAZING!!! I love it!

  58. AMAZING!!!

    Thanks so much for partying at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality! Can’t wait to see what you link up tomorrow evening!!

  59. CONGRATS!!!
    You have been featured at The DIY Dreamer!!! Come on over and grab your featured button, you deserve it! http://thediydreamer.com/from-dream-to-reality/features-54/

  60. I keep seeing this project featured all over blogland…and I, too, am LOVIN’ it. Isn’t it great when hubbies can help make our d.i.y. dreams come true? Mark recently helped me with our black distressed table makeover…I seriously could not have done it without him.

    As a lover of all things mason, this is right up my alley. Thanks for the detailed tute!

    Warmly,
    Lauren
    The Thinking Closet

    • Thanks, Lauren, for the great comments on our mason jar chandelier! How awesome that you’re seeing it all over blogland! Woohoo! So glad you have a supportive husband, too. It’s good to have a strong man around the house :)
      Blessings,
      Marty@Marty’s Musings

  61. Love it!! Such a fun transformation!

  62. I have the 2nd hand chandelier, jars, lids, rings and bulbs. I am set to go with this project. My only question (and my hubbys main concern) is: does the jar overheat so much that it will fry the socket? There is no cracks or space for the heat inside the jar to escape. What are you thoughts?

    • Hi, Beth. I’m so excited for you and your chandelier project! Here’s what my hubby had to say about your question:”Yes, I had the same concern, and it’s a good question. I also sealed the jars up tight. I think the key is to back off the wattage of the bulbs. Since my fixture had 10 lights, I went down to a 40W bulb and the dimmer switch. I tried 60W but it was blinding! Even with the 40W’s in the fixtures, the jars remain cold to the touch and no visible degradation of the sockets. I have also yet to blow a bulb, which would be a pretty good indicator as well…although I’m no electrician. Before you start, make sure the bulb you will use fits inside the jar without touching the top (or, rather, the bottom) of the mason jar. I had to test a couple before finding one that wasn’t too tall. The candlelight bulbs with the little flame-like nipple on the top will probably be too tall – just look for the same style without that last little top. Good luck – this is a fun project!”

  63. Thank you so much for the quick response! My chandelier is exactly like yours (except only has 5 sockets). I am using 40 watt tear shaped bulbs (like yours). I had to switch to quart sized jars instead of pints because the bulbs were too tall (even the round bulbs). I got the chandelier painted and glued the lids down yesterday (using 5 minute apoxy). Im so excited to get the fixture hung up and screw on the jars. LOVE it!

  64. Nanci Negaard says:

    Cute idea….but 1 question….don’t the glass jars get quite hot with no venting…possibly a risk for exploding from the heat? Just wondering…. thanks!

    • Hi, Nanci. I don’t think I ever commented on your question on our mason jar chandelier. The bulbs have stayed on for hours at a time and the jars are never even hot to the touch. Plus, mason jars are made to withstand the heat of canning. Thanks for your comment!
      Marty@Marty’s Musings

  65. Thank you, thank you, thank you….for the awesome tutorial!! Now, in my area….I would never be so fortunate to get one that cheap….but $45 was the lowest priced one I was able to find. Kijiji is used waay more here than Craigslist. Anyhoo….can’t wait to see the look on my hubby’s face when I proudly show him my old brass plated chandelier! I haven’t decided yet…I have see them made over using blue bell jars…but I’m thinking I may want to go with pretty checkered shades. But if I decide to use jars….your tutorial will definately come in handy!!

    Chow for Now!
    Luvmydachshunds@blogspot.com

  66. Love the color you chose for the chandelier – what a big transformation! :)
    Thanks so much for linking up to support habitat. Good luck and hope to see you back next week!

  67. So totally cute! LOVE the colors! Saw you over at Fox Hollow Cottage and had to come over for a better look! Life to the full! Melissa

  68. This is one of my favorite projects of yours! Thanks for linking up to the B&A party!

  69. Let me just say, that after seeing your reclaimed wood backsplash featured on Remodelaholic’s blog (I LOVE IT!), I just clicked through to read your post about the mason jar chandelier. Your blog has the best instructions on DIY work I’ve seen!!! Thank you to both you and your handy hubby for taking the time to write out those steps. As a fellow DIY’er, if I don’t have to recreate the wheel to do something and can follow a good tutorial, I’ll do it every time :) So, thank you and keep those projects coming! You’ve gotten yourself a new follower :)

    • Wow, Kari. Thanks so much for the compliment and I passed it on to my hubby. He’s very thorough and we tend to be ying and yang for each other! Thanks for following along!

  70. What a beautiful transformation. I especially love the painted arms.

  71. Hello
    Great project, but one small technical question. How did you do to let heat out of the jars with the lights on?
    I was wondering since I might follow this project myself.
    Thanks
    Richard, from Venezuela

  72. I just found this project, and I love it! What a great idea!

  73. Wow, you’ve created such a unique and gorgeous piece. Simply amazing!

  74. christina says:

    Hi Marty! Excellent job!!! I’m going to attempt something similar but I had a question…have your jars burst since using your chandelier? Someone told my mother that there had to be holes in the top (or bottom) of the jars or the heat would cause it to burst! I think it’s a load of hoopla, but figured I would ask someone who has one!! :) Thanks!

    • Hi, Christina. We have not had any problems with the mason jars at all. We get asked this question a lot. If you think about it, the heat used in canning far exceeds the heat put out by our chandelier bulbs. I’ve left them on all day before and they weren’t even hot to the touch. Good luck with your project!

  75. Thank you so much for inspiring me to find another crafty way to use mason jars! I am always drawn to mason jars (not sure why…. I don’t can). I love the chandelier! I wish my husband was a “Bob Villa” type of guy. He’s more of a “Julia Child” guy. Haa! I’m not complaining too loudly…. I hate cooking! Although, a happy medium would be nice. If I might be so bold, and no disrespect intended. I personally would have hung the chandelier lower. It would give a more overall intimate appearance. Just my opinion. Keep up the awesome decorating ideas and kudos to your manly man for his fantastic work!

  76. Hi there. I just made a mason jar chandelier very similar to this one. My boyfriend’s dad just installed it yesterday and I had it on for literally three minutes and one of the jars cracked! I did use the vintage mason jars so I don’t know if that had something to do with it. Have you experienced this since using yours? I am considering drilling holes in the base of the chandelier to allow so of the heat to escape, but I am also wondering if I maybe just had a bad jar. Thanks for the help!

    • Hi, Ashton. Here are some thoughts from my husband: Wow! None of our jars have cracked yet, but I have had one crack in the canning process and that was just a bad jar. I would guess that is the case with yours. Are you using chandelier bulbs and not regular bulbs? The second generates a lot more heat. I would throw another jar up there and see what happens, especially since you didn’t lose others.

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