DIY Life: The Hanging Mason Jar Light

DIY Life: The Hanging Mason Jar Light

"Do it yourself" or DIY projects (as they're called these days), aren't simply for fun...although they are LOTS of fun. They're an excellent way to start a business and sell your own self-made projects, make tutorials through trial and error, get into a crafty mind space, or turn old "stuff" you have into something new and beautiful! 

We're HUGE fans of DIY here are Bon Vivant Co. Our mission is to send pre-loved decor and up-cycled furniture to a new and loving him. In this way, we wish to help promote a more sustainable planet and encourage recycling! DIY is such an exciting and creative way to take old things and turn them into something new using your imagination. 

It's incredibly easy to collect hoards of mason jars to use as drinking cups and food storage. They're getting very popular these days! With that being said, here's a little tutorial on how to create your own hanging mason jar light. 

What You'll Need: 

  • Mason Jar
  • Mason Jar Lid
  • Single Socket
  • Light Bulb
  • Hammer
  • Sharpie

Reminder: This is the most basic way to make a hanging light fixture. Customize it in any way that you can! Feel free to spray paint the mason jar lid or the lighting cord to create your desired effect. 

Let's get started!

1. Prep your mason jar

Remove the lid from your mason jar. Snag your cord set and place the mouth of the socket on the center of the jar lid. Using a sharpie, draw a circle around the socket to mark its size. 

2. Holes holes holes

Okay so, this part is a little bit tedious. Trust me though...it's worth it! Place the marked lid on a hard surface that you don't mind scuffing (like a work table). Use your hammer and nail to begin hammering tiny holes around the sharpie circle. After you've completed the circle, do the same thing about 1/2 inch outside of the circle. Now you'll have one smaller and one larger circle of tiny holes on the jar lid. 

3. Punch the hole out

The smallest (center) hole can now be punched out. This might take some work around, but it should be fairly easy!

Warning! Don't punch out the outer circle of holes. This circle is only meant to ventilate the light when the jar is sealed up. 

4. Socket time

Now it's time to use your single socket. You'll want to make sure that it's intenend for pendants. This is important, as you'll need to screw it onto your mason jar lid. This socket is an excellent choice, although IKEA has very low prices. 

Remove the screw-on-ring and place the head of the socket through the hole in your mason jar lid. Screw the ring back on so that the socket is secured onto the lid. 

5. Light it up! 

This is the exciting part. Screw you light bulb of choice into the socket. Finally, put the mason jar lid (now attached to a cord and light bulb) back on the jar. Hang it up wherever you'd like and light it up!

 

There are so many ways to get creative with this. Instead of just one light fixture, you can make an entire chandelier using the same steps and a few more materials. Have fun! 

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