This mason jar chandelier tutorial comes together with thrift store finds and fairy lights to create beautiful accent lighting for your home.
I love to shop at Goodwill, antique malls, and other interesting thrift stores. In fact, it's one of my favorite things to do with my girlfriends when we go away for the weekend.
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Making a Rustic Mason Jar Chandelier
On my most recent trip, I found a whole stash of these lovely vintage mason jars. They were priced at $6 each, or 5 for $25 so I bought five.
I wasn't sure what I was going to make with them but when we were in Goodwill I found this basket and it looked like they just might fit inside. Even if they didn't I was sure I would find some use for this $2 basket in the future.
As luck would have it they fit perfectly. I decided to spray paint the basket gray to look like old metal and I tossed the rubber rings from the mason jar lids. Most of the rings were crumbling anyway.
I know I wanted to make some type of mason jar lights. At first, I thought it might be nice to fill the jars with pillar candles and sand or pebbles.
But it might be hard to light them and you would have to remove the lids to burn them. Then I remembered the battery operated fairy lights I used in my Christmas centerpiece and used them instead.
You can tape the battery pack to the bottom of the basket. Just make sure that the switch end is placed at the bottom for easy access.
I also added some old hanging basket chains and used them to hang the basket like a chandelier.
If you can't find this vintage style mason jar you can use the grocery store style for this unique light fixture.
This DIY chandelier mason jar craft looks really nice hanging from the ceiling of our back porch. It's a really easy way to add a little outdoor lighting without the need for an electrician or special light bulbs.
Other appropriate places include the dining room, of course, a kitchen island, over your kitchen table, or maybe the bathroom above a soaking tub.
There's just something a bit wonderful about repurposing discarded goods to create something beautiful.
This is such a pretty upcycle project, Patti. Love the lights and the mason jars! Pinned to my Thrift Makeover board!
Thanks Julie. I wish I bought more of those jars. They are just so fun.
So glad that you've joined us, Patti! Don't you just love fairy lights? I just love how you've used them in those vintage jars to create a chandelier! You may see one hanging on my front porch soon!
Thanks Jane, this kind of group is right up my alley. I love finding and making things for less.
BEAUTIFUL!!! and you explained each step of this creation wonderfully, for people like me who are not that creative!!! I am inspired!!! thank you
Angela from NJ
Thanks Angela. I'm glad you like it. I was pretty easy and I'm sure you could recreate something similar too.
Hi Patti! That basket/rack was a huge score! I made one of these a few years ago with green mason jars. I still love it & use it every Summer. Thanks for joining in!!
Julie, green would be fabulous. I did contemplate coloring the jars blue but ended up using them in their original beauty. Thanks for inviting me and all the work you do.
OHHHHHHHHHHH My GOSH! ADORABLE
what a clever and 'bright' idea Patti!
Patti, this turned out so adorably! I have wanted to make one of this using an old metal canning insert from my mom, but I haven't gotten around to it yet. Thanks for inspiring me!
Just what I wanted. I am so thrilled. Found my dream bungalow with the beautiful yard just itching for my knowledge I got from you. I have been thinking how to make kitchen I adore a little more personal. Cupboards galore except my stooplace accidentally sold all my belongings. Trying to think that I can replace things. Not my mom’s china nor my son’s baby pictures. But I love this chandelier. Already know I want farmhouse sink and pendant light over the eating section.
Congratulations on the new home. I'm sure you will have it just the way you want it in no time. Creating your own space is half the fun.
This is beautiful, Patti! What a great idea! Those lights are so fun! It's great linking up with you this week!
Thanks Krisi. It's a great group. So many talented people and so many inspiring ideas.
Susan Homeroad Stevenson
Patti that is right up my alley and I love the way it looks hanging in your home!
Thanks Susan. I should have bought more jars but I have no idea where I'd find a basket to fit them into.
Courtenay @ The Creek Line House
I LOVE how your used the little fairy lights! Brilliant!... literally. Ha! 🙂
Thanks Courtenay. You are too funny.
I know what you mean about shopping thrift stores! Sometimes I just feel them pulling me in 🙂 Your vintage jar chandy is so fun and perfect anytime of year. I always love visiting your blog to get inspired. Thanks Patti.
Thanks Meegan. You are so sweet. I love your inspired ideas and all your beautiful blues on your blog.
Your chandelier is so clever and charming, Patti! Hopefully, the warm weather will stick around and you can enjoy your new chandelier.
Thanks Mary Beth. I was just outside digging up a new garden bed so this week may be the game changer but you never know.
Vicki and Jenn 2 Bees in a Pod
Patti - This is such a great lighting idea! So creative and inspiring. Now to go and dig out our vintage Mason jars!
Thanks Vicki and Jenn. I'd also love to find blue ones to make another chandelier. I even thought about color these with glue and food coloring but decided to leave them plain in the end.
Cute! I was at a party last week where they used those lights in all sorts of ways, and they work great. I've gotta get some. Pinned.
Thanks Bliss. It was fun to make. There was actually about 20 of these jars at the antique mall we visited. I didn't know what I was going to do with them when I bought them. Now I wish I bought them all.