Intrigued by DIY mason jar lights?
Here’s the secret to a successful project: it’s not just about the looks.
By selecting / creating the right elements for your mason jar light fixture or lantern, you will have a mason jar light that is not only beautiful, but also safe and long-lasting.
There are two common types of mason jar lights:
- Light fixtures such as mason jar pendants and mason jar chandeliers, which requires electrical connections. They often can light up a whole room
- Decorative mason jar lanterns lit by candles, string lights, etc, to provide ambiance lighting.
Let’s explore group one first: DIY mason jar light fixtures.
Important: Safety first. Have professionals do the electrical wiring to ensure proper installation. Always choose good quality parts for your light fixtures.
Before we look at all the inspiring ideas, here is something really, really important which is missing in a lot of DIY tutorials on mason jar light fixtures:
Choose low heat bulbs and incorporate as much ventilation as possible.
1 . Important basics and creative variations
We will start with this great example of a beautiful mason jar pendant light. This open bottom mason jar pendant allows heat to escape, which is very important, especially if you are using a non-LED light bulb. ( Some of the helpful resources are affiliate links. Full disclosure here. )
What if you just LOVE those vintage Edison bulbs?? Here’s the good news: there are LED Edison bulbs like these ones that look almost as charming, and give off much less heat! Can you tell from the picture above that the bulb is LED? 🙂
Combined with mason jar lids that have ventilation holes which you can purchase or drill them yourself, and some gorgeous pendant cords like these, you can make very beautiful and safe mason jar pendant lights!
2 . How to attach the light socket to a mason jar
In this youtube tutorial by thesorrygirls ( see video below) , they shared a great way to cut out a hole in the mason jar lid and attach the pendant light socket to the mason jar.
Such a great idea to spray paint the Ikea Hemma pendant cords and mason jar lids for a vintage look!
They also created ventilation holes on the jar lids and used bulbs similar to these stylish LED light bulbs which are low heat.
3 . Rope wrapped mason jar lights
Now that we covered the basics such as LED light bulbs and mason jar lids that have ventilation holes to prevent overheating, it’s time to get creative here: wrapping the mason jars with some rope for a lovely hand-made vibe.
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4 . DIY mason jar chandelier
I love the fact that she used LED light bulbs ! I would also add mason jar lids that have ventilation holes to prevent overheating!
5 & 6. More mason jar chandeliers
Make a beautiful mason jar chandelier in minutes using this really affordable wrought iron canning jar chandelier frame!
All you have to do is add 8 mason jars around this frame, and a light bulb in the center.
You can also use colored mason jars like these with the chandelier frame, or make your own tinted mason jars, see number 22 & 23.
The rainbow jar chandelier image is from this Esty shop. ( Thank you to our reader Betty for finding the original source!)
7 & 8 . Mason jar chandelier hacks
9 & 10 . Easy DIY hanging mason jar lanterns
You can add some mason jar wire handles to create enchanting lanterns. Make them easily using clothes hangers in this hanging mason jar lanterns tutorial.
Add tealights or string lights like Robin at All Things Heart and Home did!
11 & 12 . Easiest DIY mason jar lights
Another variation is to use candles and herbs to make summer citronella candles.
Next, let’s look at some stunning DIY holiday mason jar lights!
13 & 14 . Add leaves and flowers
Faux leaves and flowers can add lovely details! These batter powered LED string lights would be perfect for the decoupages leaf jars or the hanging mason jar vases. (Source: Leaf Jar here, flower jar here. Thanks to our reader who helped finding them! )
15, 16 & 17 . Painted and frosted mason jar lights
Since everyday is Valentine’s day, make the chalkboard paint mason jar candles any time here at HeartLoveAlways!
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18 & 19 . Stenciled mason jar lanterns
20 & 21 . Let it snow
22 & 23 . DIY tinted mason jars
Make mason jar lanterns with colored glow by tinting them with food coloring and ModPodge! If you live outside United States and can’t find Modpodge, you can use a non-toxic glue that dries clear. Lanterns from Etsy, tutorial from SimplyDarrling.
24 & 25 . Starry nights
Can these little glass jars contain a whole galaxy? Just have to include these last two, although they are not DIY tutorials! The secret is glow-in-the-dark paint ( source), and fairy lights ( source ).
Have a magical day! See you next week! 🙂