DIY Mason Jar Chandelier

Mason Jar Chandelier ~ DIY Friday
Hello!  I’m Marcy from day2day SuperMom and I got 3 Hip-Hip’s for ya… *1* Hooray for summer!  But is anyone else melting from the heat?  I’ve been dipping in the pool every chance I get and my kiddos think it’s awesome.  *2* Hooray for the ultimate creative girl Diana!  I’m so excited to share one of my favorite DIY’s on her blog today.  Well pretty much any DIY that includes a Mason Jar of some sort makes my fav list.  I’m a total jar hoarder I tell ya.  But I digress…moving on.  *3* Hooray for new SuperMom friends.  Follow me somewhere, give a quick shout-out to our GC Diana & we’ll be new BFF’s!  Choose your favorite guilty pleasure: Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Instagram, HometalkYouTube (coming soon!) and if that ain’t enough my newbie-site IHoardFreePrintables.com!

I don’t know if you know but I have a bit of a fascination with Mason Jars. I have absolutely no idea where I got it from either. But I do know that I truly enjoy decorating with them. My latest project started from one of my very first Pin’s on Pinterest. Seriously, like I think it was my third Pin. And I finally made it: a Mason Jar Chandelier. Hooray for me! Come see how I did it and how easy it really is!

This photo was my inspiration and it still is one of my favorite Pin’s on my Pallet & Mason Board. A simple yet rustic piece of wood with holes cut into it and Mason Jars used as candle holders for a make shift chandelier if you will. Simply beautiful. But being there was not a tutorial attached I utilized the help of SuperDad yet again. Hooray for him!

Outdoor lighting ~ mason jars w/ candles inside
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First things first, find a rustic piece of wood. I stole scavenged a really neat piece from my hubbie’s wood pile that he makes his projects with. You can see some of his work here. I grabbed some jars from my jar pile and used them as a template for the holes to be cut in. I borrowed a compass from my kiddo’s too! Hooray for school supplies!

Mason Jar Chandelier ~ DIY Friday
My board was long enough for 5 Mason Jars so I spaced them where I liked them and traced the mouth with the compass. My hubbie laughed at me and asked why I didn’t just use a pencil to trace around the jar. And here I thought I was clever stealing scavenging a compass from my kiddo’s. While I went to put on my SuperMom cape to avoid any further dumb-blonde moments my hubbie used a Jigsaw to cut the holes with. Awesome. I know some of you ladies are handy with power tools but I’m not quite there yet. My hubbie is like Batman and I’m his Robin. I’ll get there…one day! When I wasn’t looking Batman SuperDad even routed the holes for me.
Now although I loved the look of the board with one edge slightly curved and the bark still exposed, the rest was too ‘new’ looking for me. It was not as old and weathered like I was looking for. So I aged my new wood to make it look old! Check out this simple staining technique using vinegar and steel wool here.
Aging New Wood to Look Old with a Vinegar & Steel Wool Mixture
Aging New Wood

Now that my board had the look I was after it was time to attach the Mason Jars. Originally I thought the mouth of the jar would stick up through the board and all I had to do was screw the lid on to hold it in place. But my super smart hubbie once again pointed out my flawed thinking. The board would have to be extremely thin for that to work. So I snooped around his shop until I found a product that’s kind of like the stronger big-boy cousin to Duct Tape. Dap Beats The Nail Construction Adhesive.

Mason Jar Chandelier ~ DIY Friday

This stuff is pretty messy so resist the urge to put too much on and use your fingers to take it off. It’s not fun removing it from your hands, and I speak from experience. Have a rag handy.

Mason Jar Chandelier ~ DIY Friday

Once I got all 5 holes circled with the adhesive I attached the jars. You can see where the adhesive squished up on top of the board. Knowing I would be hanging this I wasn’t too concerned with the mess it was making but do have a wet rag handy to wipe off the excess and keep your precious Mason Jars clean.

Mason Jar Chandelier ~ DIY Friday

Knowing the exposed edge on my board would be the front I turned all the jars to face the same side as that edge. Try and ignore the yucky mess the adhesive made to the top of the board. I just kept reminding myself that it would not show…but I’ll know it’s there! Ugh! My hubbie kept reminding me I could have waited for him to come back so he could help. But I was tired of being Robin so I did it myself. Should of waited for my Batman.

Mason Jar Chandelier ~ DIY Friday

I left the jars to dry for about 24 hours before I moved onto the next step: Hanging the chandelier. I decided to use chain and attached it to the board by nailing four U-shaped nails into the corners. I think the nails are used for fencing but I’m not sure. They were another stolen scavenged part!

Mason Jar Chandelier ~ DIY Friday

Instead of hanging four lengths of chain (similar to how the inspiration picture used four lengths of rope) I decided to meet them up together so the chandelier only hung from two lengths of chain. Like this:

Mason Jar Chandelier ~ DIY Friday

The last step before my obsession was complete was to turn the Mason Jars into candles. I picked up a couple bags of decorative sand and some colorful candles at The Dollar Tree. I filled my jars about 1/3 of the way with a mixture of fine and coarse sand then gently pushed the 2 inch round candles down into the sand. A few clicks of the lighter and I was done!

Mason Jar Chandelier ~ DIY Friday

OH. MY. MASON JAR. My chandelier was finally complete! It’s rustic and whimsical, and a statement piece that I think would look great anywhere. Indoors or outdoors. On a front porch or outside hanging over a dining table.

Mason Jar Chandelier ~ DIY Friday

I used white sand but river rocks would look gorgeous also. Beach glass would be great for the summer and allow more light to shine through the bottom of the jars. Even simple white candles, perhaps in different thicknesses and heights would look beautiful too!

Mason Jar Chandelier ~ DIY Friday
Mason Jar Chandelier ~ DIY Friday

Maybe you’re not a big candle person. How about making this same project but instead of using Mason Jars as candle holders you turn them into beautiful succulent terrariums!

Succulent Terrarium in a Mason Jar
Stunning Succulents tutorial
Or do you love the thought of outdoor lighting but don’t want the hassle of candles? Instead of adding the sand and candles to your jar top it off with a solar light for a solar lantern chandelier!
Mason Jar Solar Lanterns ~ DIY Friday
Solar Lantern tutorial

Are you as big of a Mason Jar fan as I am? What do you think of this project? What would you do different? =)

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3 Comments

  1. How about instead of gluing the jar to the wood, glue the outer ring of the top. (Or ask Batman to use his compression nailer to attach). Leave out the flat thin rubber sealed top for air flow.

    This will allow you to screw the jars into the cap ring to make it easier (and not require you to take down the chandelier) to replace candles or change the theme. Or given a rain event causes you to need to clean the jars.

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