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. As luck would have it, the project this month for A Dose of DIY blog hop was lighting, so it was my chance to make something for my new kitchen. When I found a 1/2 gallon mason jar in the thrift store for $1.99 a few weeks ago, I knew it would make the perfect mason jar lamp.

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I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with the jar when I started this project,…I could 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.comTo start, I worked on creating the mercury glass look by first 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.comThis 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.

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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.

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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).

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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.comI 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.comThere 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. It’s been so much fun participating in A Dose Of DIY blog hop these past 3 months but, unfortunately, this will be my last. The hop will continue though, and I can’t wait to see what kind of awesome projects the ladies come up with.

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54 thoughts on “Mason Jar Lamp

  1. 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!

    • 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!

  2. 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!

    • 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!

  3. 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.

    • 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.

      • 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.

        • 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.

  4. 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

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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. 🙂

        • 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.

  5. 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

    • 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.

  6. 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

    • 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. 🙂

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