Monday, October 20, 2014

DIY Mason Jar Chandelier-Pottery Barn Hack

I mentioned on Friday about our most recent home improvement project, our awesome Mason Jar Chandelier.

I originally had seen this mason jar lighting fixture from Pottery Barn. I fell in love with the idea, just not the $400 price tag. So of course, I put my wonderful electrician husband onto the task. 
The easiest way to create this look? These pendant plug-in lights from Ikea are perfect. If you have a background in electrical work, you can create the pendants  from scratch for a little cheaper like my husband did. I don't recommend doing that unless you really know what you're doing! 

(Psst: Here's a tutorial with the pendant plug in lights from Ikea. They show how it works and how exactly to put those particular pendant lights into a mason jar.)

To create a lighting fixture from an actual mason jar, you will need to drill or punch a hole through the lid of the mason jar. 

Here's how we did it: 

We measured and found the middle of the lid, then used a 1 3/8 inch drill bit and drilled through the lid.

You can also draw a circle for the size of your pendant, then take a nail and hammer and punch small holes close together all around until the middle pops out. 

The final component of the lighting fixture is the box that covers the electrical work, or the plugs from the pendants if you choose to use the ones from Ikea.

First, measure and decide how wide and long you would like the final fixture to be. 

Then, you will need to cut 2 pieces the measurement of the length you would like.

Next, cut the width piece. To create exactly like ours, you would cut the width -2x the thickness of the wood you are using.

Finally, you will cut a piece that will fit in like the bottom of a box. Then, simply put all of these together!

The final thing you will need to do is drill through the bottom of the box that you just created for the pendants, so mark the distance you would like, then use a drill to create the holes. Hang and enjoy!

This project was seriously one of my favorite projects we have done in our house! It's really not that terribly complicated, and there are definitely easy ways or options for you to do beyond knowing a lot about electrical work.

What do you think? Would this be a project you would like to do? 


  1. Absolutely ADORE this! You guys did such a great job... it looks amazing!


    1. Thank you! We were so happy with the way it turned out. It wasn't nearly as difficult as we had originally thought it was probably going to be, either.

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    1. Thanks! We love it, I use it all the time! I told Jay we should just make light fixtures for all the rooms, haha :)

  3. This looks great! I love this, and I'll probably share it on my H54F post, if you don't care:)

  4. This is amazing! It almost looks like something I could manage to pull off, haha :)

    1. It's really not bad at all, especially using the Ikea lights! (which is what I would've done in a heartbeat if I was by myself bc no way am I building lights from scratch! haha)

  5. This is so awesome! I just posted on my boyfriends Facebook wall. Thanks for the tutorial!


    1. If you guys make it, I'd love to see your version! It's seriously one of my fave projects we have done :)