DIY: Ball Jar Light

How to Add a Ball Jar to a Basic Light Sconce

Last night after we put the kids to bed Jason helped me create this beautiful Ball jar light for our basement hallway.  It was so simple to do, inexpensive & QUICK (only took about 10 minutes)! It actually took more time to decide which Ball jar I wanted to use than making the light 🙂

DIY Ball Jar Light

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How to Add a Ball Jar to a Basic Light Sconce

Supplies Needed for a DIY Ball Jar Light

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

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

We found ours 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.

Here is what we did to add the Ball jar to the wall sconce:

  • First using a butter knife, Jason pull out the milk glass insulator at the top of our old zinc lid. Any 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Add your light bulb (I definitely thought about adding an Edison bulb).  Make sure the bulb will fit inside your jar & 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!
  • Figure out what Ball jar looks best (I chose a vintage blue one)
How to Add a Ball Jar to a Basic Light Sconce
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4 thoughts on “DIY: Ball Jar Light

  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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