How to Make a DIY Mason Jar Pendant Light in Minutes

by Dagmar Bleasdale on May 16, 2013

DIY Mason jar lamp.

Ever wondered what it would take to make one of those awesome mason jar pendant lights you see all over Pinterest?

Mason jar pendant lights are all the rage and sell for a lot of money. Some 5-jar pendant lamps costs $150!

I’m here to encourage you to make your own mason jar lamp in minutes. It took me longer to gather the supplies for this lamp than it did to make it.

Ikea sells an inexpensive pendant kit (HEMMA) with a plug switch at the end. The $15 Westinghouse pendant light kit I bought at Home Depot comes with a small ceiling canopy, which is a more finished look.

DIY Mason Jar Pendant Light

You need these supplies:

  • large mason jar (32 oz) with wide-mouthed lid and ring
  • mini pendant light kit
  • large nail
  • permanent marker
  • hammer
  • strong scissors
  • optional: pliers

DIY mason jar pendant light tutorial

Mason jar pendant light tutorial:

  1. Place the mason jar lid on the table, center the socket on the top of the lid, and trace around it with the permanent marker. I don’t mind the marks, but next time I’d use a white marker.
  2. Put the lid back on the jar, securing it with the lid ring.
  3. Use a nail and hammer to punch holes along the circle. Leave some space between the first round of holes so that you don’t have one side totally punched out. You want to leave enough of the circle intact that the middle of the lid doesn’t pop out until you’re ready.
  4. After you can’t make more holes because the nail slips to the side into the holes you made, use your scissors to cut the rest of the lid. If you don’t have heavy-duty scissors, you could use pliers to remove the center.
  5. Add venting holes around the center hole to prevent overheating, and then unscrew the lid from the jar again.
  6. Place the socket through the mason jar ring first and then push the socket through the lid hole. If you’re lucky, it’s just the right size and the jagged edges will hold the lid in place. If the hole is too small, use your pliers to make the hole a little larger.
  7. Put the socket ring over the end of the socket and screw it tightly to the socket, which will keep the jar lid in place.
  8. Screw in a light bulb. Only use the voltage that’s suggested for the pendant kit. Then screw on the mason jar. To get a vintage look, you could use an Edison light bulb — I chose a more energy-efficient fluorescent bulb.
  9. Now you just need a handy person wire in your pretty DIY lamp!

It only took me 10 minutes to make this DIY mason jar pendant light. It really was super easy.

DIY Mason jar lamp.

Where would you hang a mason jar lamp in your home?

Love mason jars? Here is another post you’d enjoy: DIY Mason Jar Candle

DIY Mason Jar candle.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Erin @ Making Memories March 27, 2015 at 1:35 PM

Fun. Very cool idea!


Rose's DIY Crafts, at FineCraftGuild March 25, 2015 at 5:24 AM

Oh, another great mason-idea! I have to add you to my Hometalk board with MJ ideas for Spring. What’s your ID on Hometalk? Thanks for sharing it at the linky party, SHARE IT one more time, which I was so happy to host last weekend at See you again!


Cathy March 23, 2015 at 6:25 PM

You make it look so simple and I am not a person who could make a lamp. I love this – I can think of so many ways to use it. Thank you for sharing at Share It One More Time. Cathy


Sugar Jones May 16, 2013 at 10:11 PM

LOVE this idea!! I always love seeing these in all the summer patio catalogs and Sunset Magazine images of fabulous people enjoying a beautiful picnic. I knew there had to be a simple way to make them. Thanks for sharing the tutorial!!


Dagmar Bleasdale May 17, 2013 at 12:16 AM

So glad you enjoyed this! It’s really super easy.


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