Build it: DIY Mason Jar Chandelier

 

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Build it: DIY Mason Jar Chandelier from Nest of Bliss! #mason #diy

I’ve been receiving quite a few requests on how we created our mason jar chandelier since it was first seen in our kitchen progress post - so yesterday evening my fiancé helped me write up this tutorial post on how we did it (okay, he put it together, I sourced the supplies we would use to make it!) it’s not an easy project, but once you have all of the supplies you shouldn’t have much trouble. The hardest part to source was definitely the curtain rod extensions, but you may be able to find another type of rod to substitute this. Just be sure to alter your counter-sink drill bit size accordingly!

We wanted to create one of these chandeliers after seeing so many inspiring chandelier mason jar lights on Pinterest!

We also didn’t give any information on the wiring or electrical aspect of this light fixture. We just didn’t feel comfortable doing so – so please be sure to contact an electrician if you aren’t familiar with this sort of thing. Also be sure to disconnect the power completely to the room you are installing or working on your light in!

With that said, onto the tutorial! If you decide you want to make this light or a variation of it, I would love it if you would link back to this post and let me know! I would love to see it how yours turns out! :)

Build it: DIY Mason Jar Chandelier from Nest of Bliss!  #mason #diy

To make this chandelier you will need:

Build it: DIY Mason Jar Chandelier from Nest of Bliss!  #mason #diy

Drill and drill bits – Sizes 1/2″ and 19/64″ (Optional sizes, these are just what we used)
Wire cutters/Wire stripping tool
Screwdriver
Hack saw or soft metal cutter
Measuring tape
3/4″ wrench or ratchet with 3/4″ socket (Or whatever size will fit the bolts you are securing the chandelier to the ceiling with)
4×4 wood cut into three equal sizes – Ours was cut to 40″.
10 Mason/Ball jars of your choice
Curtain rod extensions cut to various lengths (Ours were purchased at Jysk)
10 candelabra light sockets
Standard lamp wire
10 candelabra light bulbs at 15 watts
3 8″ x 1/2″ screws
10 1″ long brass nipples (Example) These can be found in the lamp section of most home improvement stores
20 nuts (to fit nipples) Found in the lamp section
20 washers (to fit nipples) Found in the lamp section
3 1/2″ helicoils (Optional)
Wood Glue

Step 1) Cut your 4×4 wood into three equal pieces of your choice. This will be the part attached to the ceiling and will determine how long your chandelier will be. We chose cut ours at three equal sizes of 40″ each.

2) On two pieces of your wood, measure out five points with equal distance between them for your masons jar lights to hang and mark them off. Ours was 4″ from the end to the first light, then four 8″ separations, finally ending in another 4″ space to the end.

3) Drill holes down through the two pieces of wood on the marked points big enough to fit your wire through. We used a drill bit of 19/64″ for this.

4) Drill 1/2″ counter sink holes about a quarter of an inch into the previous holes you made to fit the curtain rod extensions on the two pieces of wood. This will depend on the the size of the rods you purchase. Ours were purchases from Jysk in Canada.

5) Place the three pieces of wood together with the wood without holes in the middle. Use plenty of strong wood glue to secure these together and let them dry completely.

6) Cut your curtain rod extensions (You can use a hack saw or a soft metal cutter) to various sizes of your choice. These will be attached to your mason jars and will determine how low they hang. Our sizes were five cut at 13 1/2″, and five were cut at 16 1/2″.

7) Feed your wire down through the drilled holes. The wire should come out where you made your sink holes. Then feed the wire through your cut curtain rod extensions pushing the curtain rod extensions into the sinkholes. Alternate between your short and long rods per hole, and use opposite sizes on either side of the two pieces of wood.

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8) Take your mason jar lids and drill a hole in the center big enough for the nipples to fit through. Drill about four or five small holes around this to allow for circulation and prevent over heating.

9) Assemble your lights by putting a nipple through a whole in the lid. Secure on the top with a washer and a nut. Secure the bottom with a candelabra socket and nut.

Build it: DIY Mason Jar Chandelier from Nest of Bliss!  #mason #diy

10) Feed the wire through the nipple and connect to the electrical connectors on the candelabra socket

11) Pull the wires tight enough through the top of the wood so that the mason jar lids are flush with the bottom of your cut rods, and your rods are secure inside of your counter sink holes.

12) At this point you will do your electrical splicing (Consult an electrician on this step if you aren’t familiar with how to do this, we don’t feel comfortable giving a tutorial on the electrical aspect of this light since we aren’t professionals)

13) Pick where you want your chandelier to hang on the ceiling and find a secure stud to secure it to. It’s heavy, and it will need one! Luckily we had a stud right where we needed it. Don’t attach the jars to your lid, or the bulbs, until your light is secure on the ceiling to avoid breakage.

14) Drill three 1/2″ holes down through the centre piece of wood. One on each side between the end mason jars, and one between the middle mason jars.

15) Drill three 1/2″ holes into the ceiling stud at the same equal distances as the holes you made for the chandelier. We put helicoils into the studs for extra strength. MAKE SURE you install the chandelier into a strong stud. It’s heavy!

16) Install your light with 8″ x 1/2″ screws, and tighten with a 3/4″ wrench or ratchet with 3/4″ socket.

Build it: DIY Mason Jar Chandelier from Nest of Bliss!  #mason #diy

17) Attach your 15 watt light bulbs and screw on your jars. Be sure to watch them to make sure your jars don’t get hot to the touch, if they do you may want to use a lower wattage or smaller bulb, or even drill more holes in the lid.

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I hope you enjoyed this tutorial – Please don’t mind our exposed hole in the ceiling! We are still meaning to cover that up ;)

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Comments

  1. Mike Matthews says:

    It looks wonderful.. and kinda easy to do.. going to save it, and attempt it in the garage this winter.. Thank you for sharing..

  2. It is looking. So cool. Thanks. To sharing

  3. I love this! I pinned it and clipped to Hometalk. I love your ceiling, too! :)

  4. This looks awesome, and I adore your ceiling! How beautiful! Pinning- thanks for sharing at the DBB!

  5. Hi Brandi! I absolutely love your light. I have been trying to figure out how to knock PB’s version off for months. I have it all figured out except the wiring scares the you know what out of me. I’m gonna try it one more time with your tutorial and see if I get enough confidence to finally go for it! I would LOVE it if you linked up your light at the Link It or Lump It Link party this week >> http://www.twoityourself.blogspot.com/2013/11/LinkParty13.html

    - Melissa

  6. I am going to e-mail this to my husband to put in my request for one of these- so gorgeous!

  7. I have always wanted a mason jar chandelier! Great tutorial :) I just love how it looks agains the ceilling tiles :)

  8. Brandi, this looks absolutely fantastic! You did an amazing job (and I LOVE your ceiling, too!) SO pinning this and thanks for sharing your how-to. Hope you have a wonderful week!

  9. Oh wow! So thrilled to see how you did this, since I’ve been oogling it with interest since you posted the photos! Hmmm… as for the rods… this may sound nuts, but there’s a ton of cheap iron curtain rods (places like kmart & target) that come in 2-3 equal sections of rod that screw together end to end in the $10 range… wondering if those would work? Will check it out. Thanks so much for the post (and thank your fiance! He did a killer job!). And your ceiling is fabulous! Didn’t even notice the hole till you mentioned it. lol

    Hugs & Hope,
    rachel of OddModicum
    http://www.OddModicum.etsy.com

    • That doesn’t sound odd at all Rachel! The curtain rod extensions are basically the same thing if not a bit smaller. I’m so happy you enjoyed the tutorial! I certainly am lucky to have a fiancé who makes my designs a reality! :)

  10. Brandi your home is really just gorgeous and I’m jealous of all of your DIY projects that turn out so well. I just watch in admiration.

    • Thank you so much Britni! What a sweet thing to say! Although, I don’t think I could plan a party quite like you can. ;)

  11. I’m definitely saving this one – it looks like just the thing for our kitchen remodel! If you can’t find the curtain rod extensions, I know Lowes has a number of different sizes of ceiling fan extenders that will work just as well – they’re just a bit bigger than the curtain rod extensions you’ve got pictured.

  12. Looks beautiful! I love this idea!

  13. Looks awesome! Thanks for putting out such a detailed tutorial! One of my million projects for our house is to build one of these for our dining room, I just havent mustered up the courage to try yet! Hopefully before Christmas!

    • Your so very welcome Heather! Whenever you get around to it, be sure to send me a photo on my Facebook page – I would love to see how it turns out!

  14. Hi, I’m madly in love with this light fixture :-) I’m planning to build it soon with the help of my husband. I have two questions, what finish did you use on the wood and what size are the Mason jars ? I saw Amazon has a set of half gallon mason jars and s was wondering if you used that size. Thanks for sharing

  15. Girl…you are amazing! I’m completely speechless I love it soooo much! ox

  16. Gorgeous! I’ve pinned ~ might need to make one for our kitchen.

  17. This is absolutely amazing! What a great DIY and thanks so much for sharing at the Twirl & Take a Bow Party!

  18. I love this!!! Such a great tutorial too to show exactly how to make it! I’m so glad you linked up at Give Me the Goods Monday Link Party last week! You were one of my favorite link ups last week and I featured you!
    http://commona-myhouse.blogspot.com/2013/11/give-me-goods-sunday-features-34.html

    Hope to see more of your cool projects linked up this week!
    XO!

  19. Love this! Pinning!!

  20. I can’t tell you how MUCH I want one of those. I think it is the coolest light fixture I’ve ever seen. And I even have the Mason jars! Just need to go get the other hardware. So glad you posted this! I pinned it!

  21. This is seriously amazing – you guys did an amazing job, thanks for sharing it!

  22. Wow Brandi, this is seriously creative, I love it! Saw it featured over at the Happy Housie and it totally caught my eye. Wow! Sharon

  23. This is gorgeous – you are creating such a dream kitchen!

  24. I noticed you used the old blue mason jars. I am making one of these for our families cabin and someone told me that the old blue mason jars were flammable. I don’t know if this is true or not, but apparently a chemical used to dye the jars blue is flammable. Have you heard this or had any issues with your light? I really love the blue and would prefer to use them and the new style blue jars are just not the same.

    • I have had zero issues with my light, however, if we used higher wattage bulbs they would probably get hot and could become an issue. Be careful and monitor the bulbs you use to be sure they don’t cause the jars to get hot – and don’t forget your insulation holes.

      Good luck Amber! :)

  25. Love your light! I have a monster fluorescent in my kitchen and would love to replace it with this. My question…..is it bright enough for over a kitchen island? Thanks!

  26. Looks awesome!! Thanks for the lower voltage tip!!!

    About how much did this cost?

    • Blue mason jars are hard to come by where I live, so we got those for $50. Jars included, I would say under $150.

  27. Love your kitchen! About how much do you think it cost to make the chandelier?

    • Blue mason jars are hard to come by where I live, so we got those for $50. Jars included, I would say under $150. :) Thank you Mindy!

  28. susette marrisett says:

    are the curtain rod extensions threaded onto the brass threaded rod or do they just sit there> if that is the case then the electrical wire is the only thing suspending all the weight /

    • Hi Susette,
      The weight of the light is held by the wood because the curtain rod is attached to the wood and the opposite end is threaded to the threaded coupler. The electrical wire is not supporting any weight.

      • Love the chandelier, Brandi! But I had the same question as the previous comment regarding the weight of the light. In the instructions, it states that the only thing going through the wood is the wire. And the rod is simply seated into the countersunk hole. Unless you have the curtain rod threaded through or mechanically attached to the wood somehow, the weight would have to be held up by the wire. I don’t necessarily know if this is a hazard (probably not). I’m just curious if you modified the way you put it together (compared to the instructions) in order to alleviate the weight on the wire.

        • Hi Karen,

          We don’t feel comfortable giving advice or instructions on wiring. You could choose to secure your rods, or if you feel comfortable with allowing them to hang we would suggest a safety wire for each light.

      • Dear Brandi,

        Congratulation on a great design, I will start building my own. Of course, need to find some mason jar over here in Europe, but that is minor issue.
        I have two questions :
        –> How is the curtain road attached to the wooden support ? It is glued, or is there another trick ?
        –> What size of Mason Jar have you used in your design (looks well balanced visually, so I’d like to use same)

        Thanks a lot !

        • The rod is fit snugly within the holes that were made. This is why you may prefer to use safety’s when doing your electrical. I don’t have the exact size handy, but they are a quart I believe? My apologies!

  29. I love this chandelier! I have these lights (that my husband made for me) hanging on my patio, but I love them all together on a rustic piece of wood!

  30. Beautiful job Brandi and fiance! Pinned! ~Lisa

  31. This is so cool! I am sharing on my FB page and pinning. I see light in my future. Thanks for sharing!

  32. Brandi!
    I LOVE this! You did a wonderful job, and thank you so much for all the details! Found you at the DIY Sunday Showcase, and your chandelier caught my eye immediately. Want to come make one for me?

    • Katie, thank you so much! I will have to ask my fiancé for you ;) I don’t think I would be too great with the electrical side of it. Hahaha!
      Have a great Valentine’s Day!

  33. Auntiepatch says:

    Where did you get those Mason jar lids? I’ve never seen them before.

  34. oh I LOVE how this turned out!! GREAT job!

  35. Jennifer says:

    I absolutely love this mason jar light fixture. I was wondering what type of mason jars you used and where did you get them from? Thanks so much!

  36. Rebecca Mosier says:

    I love this idea … I’m building a house and will definitely use this idea over our kitchen island!!!
    Thank you so much for the inspiration
    These jars are used to preserve jam, pickled vegetables etc. and can be found in Walmart or any other retailer(kitchen accessories) in boxes of 6-12 with lids!
    I hope this helps!

    • Hey Rebecca – these jars are quite uncommon in Canada – but I know that the Ball company released new ones that are available for purchase. Ours however are antique with zinc lids.

      I’m so glad you enjoyed this project! I hope it turns out for you! Have a wonderful weekend.

  37. dave bruns says:

    I an trying to make a similar light for outdoor use. Where im using it doesn’t see a lot of rain but i want to be safe. Is there anyway to protect water from getting in to the jar? Is there some sort of cover/cap for the steel nipples?

    Has anyone see any plans for an indoor version?

    • I’m not sure Dave, I can’t recommend this to be used outdoors because of the holes at the top to allow circulation. Let me know if you come up with a solution. :)

  38. This is beautiful and just what I have been looking for! Thank you for sharing it and the plans to make it :)

    • Hi Jo! I’m so glad you are happy with the tutorial! Be sure to send me photos when you are finished – I would love to see it!

  39. I love this light, the best one I have come across, going to make this for my sons new home…..his last name is Mason!

  40. Stefanie Plunk says:

    I love your website! I am interested in knowing how you covered the existing light hole in your ceiling. I currently have three pendant lights that hung over a large kitchen table but want to just have one but not sure what to do with the existing holes.

    • Hi Stephanie!
      As you can probably see from the photos, some of the photos (the tutorial itself) are a bit older. The two newer photos show a covered hole. What that hole is is where the light connects. At a local hardware or home improvement store in the lighting section you should be able to find caps for these holes, some have a hole for a white to come through, and some are just plain. We used these since we were still using the hole to connect the light. If this isn’t quite what you meant in your question I apologize!

  41. Brandi:

    I absolutely LOVE this idea! I have one question. Are you finding that the holes in the top of the lid are giving your lights adequate ventilation, or do you think they need to be larger?

    • I do find it gives enough ventilation – but if you think you may need more for the type of lightbulbs you use definitely do so! :)

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