I’ve always thought about creating a vintage mason jar ceiling light for my dining room. This would replace the light that was already there when I moved in to the house that was built in the 1930s.
The one that was there was just a little too modern for my taste.
On Friday I started taking the original modern glass globes down from the ceiling.
Deciding On How To Best Approach This DIY Project:
Then I took the vintage Mason jar lids outside and sat down on the porch steps to work on the project.
I began hammering holes around the lid where I needed to insert the bulb.
This was a slow process. But it was the only way I could figure out how to remove part of the jar without cutting myself.
I don’t have many tools, and none that would have facilitated cutting this part of the lids out.
Add Nail Holes Around The Lids:
Oh, and if you decide to do this, remember to add nail holes around the lid for heat build-up.
Unless you plan to take off the bottom of the jar, that is. Otherwise it will overheat.
Then I went inside and tried to fit all the parts together, but the hole was slightly too big. I had to figure out a way to fix that problem.
Heading To Lowes To Seek Help:
So I put all the relevant parts in a Ziplock bag and drove to Lowes to ask for help.
It took a while to explain that I was creating a vintage mason jar ceiling light to the guy in the store. I guess he’d never heard of someone doing this. But we finally got things squared away.
I paid for the parts and drove back home.
One Small Glitch:
There was one glitch though. A light bulb broke off in the original light I was taking down.
Luckily my son-in-law was coming by to take down the ugly mirror in the bathroom that I also wanted to replace.
He managed to get the rest of the broken bulb out so I could continue with my Mason jar light project.
Putting The Mason Jar Lights Together:
I then went back to work putting my project together and the DIY project was complete.
I love how it looks! I’ve always had a thing for vintage Mason jars.
If you like this look, but don’t have any vintage jars, you could buy new ones in stores or online at places like Amazon.
You can typically find vintage Mason jars at antique malls and thrift stores. So you might look there.
This type of light fits in so well with vintage decor. It speaks of yesteryear.
Mason jars are still manufactured and used in a variety of ways, just like they were years ago.
My grandmother would can garden vegetables and fruits and put them in Mason jars to store down in the cellar for winter.
The History Of Mason Jars:
It all started with John Landis Mason, a New Jersey-born tinsmith. In the 1850s he was searching for a way to improve the relatively recent process of home canning.
Up until then, home canning involved using wax to create an airtight seal above food. Jars were stoppered with corks, sealed with wax, then boiled.
It was messy, and hardly foolproof. Before canning, people in cold climates relied largely on smoking, salting, drying, and fermenting to keep themselves fed through winter.
The earliest mason jars were made from transparent aqua glass, and are often referred to by collectors as “Crowleytown Jars.” Many believe they were first produced in the New Jersey village of Crowleytown.
Unfortunately for Mason, he neglected to patent the rest of his invention. It was a decade later before he got around to doing this.
And at that point Mason jars were manufactured widely. Mason tried to regain control of his invention. But the court cases and failed business partnerships edged him out.
He died in 1902 penniless.
Other DIY Mason Jar Lights:
I love these Mason jar lights. These DIYers did a great job. Wish I had those lights in my bathroom.
This Mason jar chandelier is gorgeous! It would look fantastic in my dining room, I think.
Here’s another light using just one jar.
There’s all kinds of different light fixtures you can make with Mason jars. With creativity and some jars, the sky is the limit.