DIY- How to Make a Mason or Ball Jar Light in 10 Just Minutes

DIY Ball Jar Light -We created a beautiful Ball jar light for our basement hallway. It was so simple to do, inexpensive & QUICK (only took about 10 minutes)! #masonjar #diymasonjarcrafts #masonjarcrafts #masonjarlight https://lehmanlane.net

Last night after we put the kids to bed, Jason helped me create this beautiful Ball Jar light fixture for our basement hallway.¬† It was so easy to create, cheap & QUICK… only took about 10 minutes to DIY!

Ha, It actually took more time to decide which Mason or Ball Ball jar I wanted to use than making the light ūüôā

DIY – How to Make a Mason or Ball Jar Light

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DIY Ball Jar Light -We created a beautiful Ball jar light for our basement hallway.  It was so simple to do, inexpensive & QUICK (only took about 10 minutes)!  #masonjar #diymasonjarcrafts #masonjarcrafts #masonjarlight https://lehmanlane.net

Supplies & Tools Needed for a DIY Mason or Ball Jar Light

  • 1 Ball Mason Jar (a vintage gives the light a little more character)
  • 1 Ball Mason Jar Lid (I used a vintage zinc one)
  • 1 Basic Sconce Light Fixture
  • A Tool to cut the lid (we used a Rotozip…similar to a Dremel).

Where to Find Vintage Mason Jars & Zinc Lids

A great place to find vintage Ball jars & lids at a reasonable price is Ebay.

We found our at Wall Scone Fitter at Lowes (see it here) a few months ago to replace the light that was here previously.  

At less than $20 it was a good deal! 

How to Add a Ball Jar to a Basic Light Sconce

Unfortunately, it looks like it might not be a available anymore but I found similar ones on Amazon.

Instructions for How to Make a Mason or Ball Jar Light Step by Step

Step ONE – Pry the Milk Insulator from the Old Zinc Lid

First using a butter knife, Jason pull out the milk glass insulator at the top of our old zinc lid.

Any Mason or Ball jar lid would work.¬† If you didn’t have an old lid use a new one….it would probably be easier to cut!

How to Add a Ball Jar to a Basic Light Sconce
How to Add a Ball Jar to a Basic Light Sconce

Step TWO – Trace the threaded piece onto the Zinc Lid

Jason then traced the threaded piece that holds the lamp shade to the light.

How to Add a Ball Jar to a Basic Light Sconce

Step THREE – Cutting a Hole in the Zinc Ball Jar Lid

He then cut the opened with his Rotozip drill while I held down the jar.

How to Add a Ball Jar to a Basic Light Sconce

Step FOUR – Screwing in the mason or Ball Jar Light

Next, we put it on the sconce and screwed on the threaded shade holder.

How to Add a Ball Jar to a Basic Light Sconce

Step FIVE – Add your Light Bulb

Add your light bulb (I definitely thought about adding an Edison bulb). 

Make sure the bulb will fit inside your ball jar light & is a low voltage so it does not heat up the glass.

How to Add a Ball Jar to a Basic Light Sconce

This was our first Ball jar choice we later decided the vintage blue looked better:).¬† This pic was taken at about 10:30 last night… I was determined to get this done!¬† Ha!

Choose which Mason or Ball jar looks best (I chose a vintage blue one)

DIY Ball Jar Light -We created a beautiful Ball jar light for our basement hallway.  It was so simple to do, inexpensive & QUICK (only took about 10 minutes)!  #masonjar #diymasonjarcrafts #masonjarcrafts #masonjarlight https://lehmanlane.net

I hope this inspires you & answers all your questions of how to make a mason or ball jar light.

by Tara Lehman

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Comments

  1. Neat idea – one caution would be to use a low heat producing bulb similar to the compact florescent you have use – better still would be a LED bulb.

  2. I would drill a few tiny “air holes” in the zinc cap if I were you…..just to make sure heat doesn’t build up in the glass jar.

    1. Thanks so much for the tip Sharon. I think that would be very important if you were using a normal incandescent bulb. We have found that the florescent bulb we have in there only warms up the jar a teeny bit even when it’s been on all day…but maybe we will drill holes in the lid anyway…you can never be too safe:). Happy Thursday!

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