Mason Jar Lamp

Hey there! As you may, or may not know, we are in the middle of a kitchen reno and one of my big dilemmas has been lighting. Not only have I been struggling to find a ceiling light fixture for the center of the room, but I’ve also been trying to find the perfect little lamp for the counter. 

I searched high and low for the perfect small lamp but could find what I wanted. One trip to the thrift store gave me my answer. I found a large 1/2 gallon mason jar for $1.99, and I knew it would make the perfect mason jar lamp.

DIY Mason Jar Lamp | chatfieldcourt.com

I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with the jar when I started this project. It would be cool to fill it up with something pretty, or I could paint it…but, because I had so much fun turning an old window into a mirror a while back, I decided to use Rust-Oleum Mirror Effect Spray again to turn it into a mercury glass mason jar.

DIY Mason Jar Lamp | chatfieldcourt.com

To start, I worked on creating the mercury glass look by giving the jar a thorough wash and dry. Then I sprayed a coat of the mirror effect spray, immediately followed by a light spritzing of a mixture of 1 part vinegar to 1 part water all over the outside of the jar (you want the water to bead up and not run down the sides). I set the jar on cardboard to dry a few minutes and then I took a wet but well wrung out paper towel and lightly blotted the beaded water up.

DIY Mason Jar Lamp | chatfieldcourt.com

This is where you get the antique, mercury glass look because the water mixture prevents the spray from adhering to the glass. I had to spray, spritz and blot 3 times before I was satisfied with the coverage, but it is a really quick process (just be sure the jar is dry before adding more coats). After I was sure the jar was dry, I sprayed a coat of Rust-Oleum Clear Enamel to protect the finish.

DIY Mason Jar Lamp | chatfieldcourt.com

With my jar finished, it was time to add my lamp kit. I’ve posted the steps to working with a lamp kit before so, to keep this post from going too long, I won’t go through the step by step again.

DIY Mason Jar Lamp | chatfieldcourt.com

We used a regular mason jar lid, with two lid inserts for extra stability, and quickly wired it all up. I thought about drilling a hole in the jar to bring the cord through but I didn’t want to do that, so we just drilled a second hole in the lid, added a rubber grommet and brought the wire back out (as shown in the picture above).

DIY Mason Jar Lamp | chatfieldcourt.com

DIY Mason Jar Lamp | chatfieldcourt.com

That’s it, 5 minutes and the lamp was ready for a shade. I was going to make a burlap shade but I found a really inexpensive one at World Market, and I got a discount (yay!), so I saved myself some time and just used store-bought. I did add some black ribbon that I had in my stash to style it up a bit. I’m not sure if it will stay, but I liked it better than the plain burlap.

DIY Mason Jar Lamp | chatfieldcourt.com

I love how my mason jar lamp turned out and I think it will look great in my new kitchen, if we ever get it finished.

Mason jars have so many uses. Have you ever turned one into something useful, or something pretty?

DIY Mason Jar Lamp | chatfieldcourt.com

There are 4 more DIY lighting projects to check out. I hope you’ll visit my friends and see what fabulousness they’ve come up with this month.

Check out some of my other DIY posts…

DIY platform bed with storage and wheels |chatfieldcourt.comDIY Platform Bed

DIY rustic nightstand makeover using paint sticks. | chatfieldcourt.comRustic Nightstand Makeover

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54 Comments

  1. Monday,August 17, 2015 / 6:42 am

    I love how that turned out, Kristi. Great idea.

    • Kristi
      Monday,August 17, 2015 / 10:43 am

      Thanks so much Kim!

  2. onemoretimeevents
    Monday,August 17, 2015 / 7:17 am

    Love the idea of using a mason jar for your kitchen …which I can’t wait to see. I know how that can be since I went through it myself years ago… You will diffently be missed at A Dose of DIY along with all your great projects…hoping once your kitchen is done you will be back and join in again!

    • Kristi
      Monday,August 17, 2015 / 5:04 pm

      Thanks so much Tammy for the sweet comment. I’ve loved working with all of you talented ladies and I can’t wait to see what you all share next. Thanks for making this a great experience!

  3. jillflory
    Monday,August 17, 2015 / 8:05 am

    Kristi, I love this look! I’ve wanted to do some faux mercury finish items for a long time but I’ve never bought the stuff and just got at it! I really must – maybe for a Christmas display I’ll get it done!

    • Kristi
      Monday,August 17, 2015 / 5:05 pm

      Thanks Jill. You definitely should give it a try. It’s so much fun working with this finish and now I want to spray everything in sight! 😉

  4. Monday,August 17, 2015 / 10:11 am

    Love it, Kristi! It’s a true original!! 🙂

    • Kristi
      Monday,August 17, 2015 / 10:43 am

      Awww, thanks Kim, I appreciate it.

  5. Monday,August 17, 2015 / 4:37 pm

    Super cute idea! Turned out really pretty!

    • Kristi
      Monday,August 17, 2015 / 5:10 pm

      Thanks Rhonda. I’m really loving how it turned out! I appreciate you stopping by.

  6. MaryJean
    Monday,August 17, 2015 / 6:36 pm

    How cute! I like the black band on the burlap. I think it definitely needed that.

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,August 18, 2015 / 2:28 am

      Thanks so much MJ for the vote for the black ribbon. I agree that the shade really needed something.

      Thanks for stopping in today, it’s great to hear from you!

  7. Monday,August 17, 2015 / 8:22 pm

    Perfect idea for a kitchen lamp. You have such great ideas. Debbie

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,August 18, 2015 / 2:29 am

      Awww, thanks Debbie! You always leave me the nicest comments. Hope you have a great week!

  8. Shirlee
    Tuesday,August 18, 2015 / 11:56 am

    That large mason jar makes the perfect base for a lamp. I need a small lamp in my kitchen and this is perfect. I’ve made lamps before so not sure why I’ve been looking for a lamp to redo when I could make my own. Thank you for the inspiration!

    On a side note, my hubs has been encouraging me to start a blog documenting my diy projects around the house and craft projects etc. So about a month ago we tossed around blog names and nothing sounded right until A Dose of DIY popped into my head. I didn’t even realize there is a blog hop called that. Anyways, I have yet to post anything, but hope to get organized soon.

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,August 19, 2015 / 11:28 pm

      So glad that my mason jar lamp inspired you to make your own. 🙂

      Wow, that’s so great that you are starting a blog, and I love the name. 😉 I came up with the name for the hop so I guess that means great minds think alike. 😉 I would just recommend that you secure a url as soon as you settle on a name so you don’t lose it. I wish you the best of luck, and I hope you let me know when you are up and running.

      It’s always great to hear from you Shirlee. Take care.

  9. Tuesday,August 18, 2015 / 3:24 pm

    This looks so great! I love that metallic paint. Unexpected but very classy. I’d love to invite you to share some of your posts at my Inspiration Thursday link party this week. I hope to see you there!
    -Lela @ http://www.inthenewhouse.com

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,August 19, 2015 / 2:03 am

      Thanks so much and I appreciate the invite to share at your party.

  10. Tuesday,August 18, 2015 / 6:06 pm

    What a great idea – looks so lovely sitting there !!!

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,August 19, 2015 / 2:02 am

      Thanks Suzan! I can’t wait to see where it lands once the kitchen is done.

  11. Wednesday,August 19, 2015 / 6:43 am

    This lamp is great and it’s easy to make. Never thought about using the Rust oleum spray as a indoor finish. Great tips and it turned out fantastic.

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,August 19, 2015 / 11:08 pm

      Thanks so much Carole. It was so easy to make and the spray is fun to use. I’m now searching for something else to transform. 😉

      Thanks for stopping in.

      • Ellen Kincaid
        Friday,August 21, 2015 / 10:29 am

        Hey Kristi, love your lamp, it is gorgeous and genius, especially that everything can be reversed for a redo if wanted. You need something else to redo and transform, how about a cute vase to put by the lamp or a clutter basket on the counter,, you can paint to your hearts content. Thanks for your sharing ideas. Love it.

        • Kristi
          Friday,August 21, 2015 / 11:56 pm

          Awww, thanks so much for the sweet comment Ellen and I appreciate the suggestions on new painting projects, especially the vase idea! 😉

          Thanks for stopping in and checking out my lamp project.

  12. Nancy
    Wednesday,August 19, 2015 / 10:08 am

    Looks great, Kristi. I like the addition of the black ribbon on the shade. I like Mason jars, but have to admit that so far all I’ve used them for (beyond storing food) is as vases for cut flowers. Not very imaginative, I’m afraid. xo

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,August 19, 2015 / 11:22 pm

      Thanks Nancy, that’s so kind of you.I just love that mason jars can be used for so many different things.

      So glad you stopped in today. 🙂

  13. Wednesday,August 19, 2015 / 9:38 pm

    LUV this super cute lamp and I would to have you share it at my Show and Share party.

    Blessings,
    Linda

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,August 19, 2015 / 11:12 pm

      Awww, thanks so much Linda. I will be sure to come over and share it.

  14. Sherry
    Friday,August 21, 2015 / 7:19 am

    Where does the wire come out of the jar. Really cute

    • Kristi
      Friday,August 21, 2015 / 9:57 am

      Thanks Sherry. If you look at the 5th picture in the post, you’ll see the wire go through the lid and then we drilled another hole so it comes back out. I didn’t want to drill a hole in the jar but you could do that (carefully). 🙂 Hope that answers your question.

  15. Sandra
    Friday,August 21, 2015 / 8:16 am

    Where does the plug come out of the lamp? Did you have to drill a hole in the mason jar? Or, should I just click on your link about lamp kits? lol

    • Kristi
      Friday,August 21, 2015 / 9:56 am

      If you look at the 5th picture in the post, you’ll see the wire go through the lid and then we drilled another hole so it comes back out. I didn’t want to drill a hole in the jar but you could do that (carefully). 🙂 Hope that answers your question.

  16. clearissap
    Friday,August 21, 2015 / 8:55 am

    This is a gorgeous project. Question, did you have to drill a hole in the jar for the electrical cord? Again, really pretty jar lamp.

    • Kristi
      Friday,August 21, 2015 / 9:59 am

      Thanks so much! You could drill a hole in the jar but I didn’t want to do that. Instead we put an extra hole in the lid to bring the cord out. If you look at the 5th picture in the post, you will be able to see it. Hope this answers your question. Thanks a lot for stopping in. 🙂

      • clearissap
        Friday,August 21, 2015 / 10:02 am

        Thanks so much. I will take a closer look and try to figure it out. I love your project. 🙂

        • Kristi
          Friday,August 21, 2015 / 10:32 am

          Thanks! Hope you have a great weekend. 🙂

          If this was a project you wanted to do, they do sell light kits that have the wire come out the side of the socket. I couldn’t find one in my home improvement store, so I just used a regular one and improvised.

  17. Eula Walters
    Friday,August 21, 2015 / 10:49 am

    Love your mason jar lamp. I’ve used them for many things, including lamps, but haven’t used your antique mirror technique. Anxious to give it a try.

    My only suggestion for your thorough tutorial is to let the readers know the size of the jar you are using. This would make a difference as to the size shade to use as well as the final appearance of the lamp. Mason jars (canning jars) come in all sizes. The jar will be marked with either the size (pt. Qt. Half gallon) or oz it will hold…pint = 16oz, quart = 32oz, and half gallon = 64 oz. I am guessing that yours is a half gallon. You learn these things after watching your mother ‘put up’ 100’s of jars each Summer to feed a family of 10 thru the Winter 🙂
    I look forward to cruising your blog.in

    • Kristi
      Saturday,August 22, 2015 / 2:03 am

      Thanks Eula, using the mirror effect spray was a fun way to transform my jar. Wow, 10 kids…your mom must have put up a ton of jars. 😉

      Oh, and if you were curious, my jar is quart size. I hope you had fun cruising the blog and that you come back to see our new projects.

  18. Gwen Marshall
    Saturday,August 22, 2015 / 2:21 pm

    That was adorable lamp! I love old looking things, and would put it in my living room {farmer, me} Love the shade . I am not very crafty, so having a hard time figuring out how to make the lamp! Thanks Gwen

    • Kristi
      Saturday,August 22, 2015 / 9:35 pm

      Thanks Gwen! It really was an easy project and I think that even a beginner could easily make it. I hope you’ll give it a try.

      I appreciate you stopping by and checking out my project. 🙂

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,August 26, 2015 / 12:51 am

      Thanks Deb, I appreciate it!

  19. Ashley
    Monday,January 11, 2016 / 9:19 am

    Is this th 1/2 gallon mason jar?

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,January 12, 2016 / 3:35 am

      Yes, it is the 1/2 gallon jar. 🙂

  20. Saturday,February 27, 2016 / 5:52 am

    WOW! Kristi, that turned out awesome. Thanks for sharing on our page. I have never used that mirror spray paint, but now I want to.

    • Kristi
      Sunday,February 28, 2016 / 12:19 am

      Thanks so much Debbie! It’s one of my favorite projects. I love what you ladies are doing…great page! 🙂

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    • Kristi
      Saturday,April 16, 2016 / 3:18 pm

      Thanks so much, it was such a fun project to do. 🙂

  22. Tuesday,July 12, 2016 / 8:40 am

    This is a great idea and love the shimmery look of the mason jar.
    Maria

    • Kristi
      Thursday,July 14, 2016 / 8:36 am

      Thanks so much, Maria! I love how it turned out. 🙂

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