DIY Vintage Canning Mason Jar Pendant Lights

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Check out how you can make your own fun and gorgeous vintage canning mason jar pendant lights inexpensively! DIY mason jar lights!

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In the kitchen at the ‘Little Brick Cottage’ we have a peninsula in the new floor plan, and it seemed fitting to have some pendant lights hanging over that peninsula. When I started looking however, I couldn’t find anything that stayed in our budget and looked like a simple farmhouse style light.

So, as it often does, necessity led to creativity…

DIY Vintage Canning Mason Jar Pendant Lights

I made some pendants to hang off the track light repurposing vintage blue canning jars and old zinc lids.

I’ve said before how much I like using track lighting, and the simple cleverness of the track pendant adapter for just this purpose, (like how I showed you I used it in the dining room at ‘Our House’). The versatility it gives is very effective, especially in a kitchen where a lot of specific task lighting is needed. You can just add another fixture if need be and point it to where you want. That’s what we have mounted above the peninsula here, so the small fixtures are for the function,

but I wanted something for the form part, you know to look pretty, and that’s where the jar pendant lights come into the picture.  Here’s how I made them:

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Here are all the supplies I used for this project. The chain I had in the junk drawer, and the lamp cord too… the track light pendant adapters I bought at Menard’s, the only place I’ve ever found them, they run around $8 each, the ceramic fixtures were less than that, I think around $3 and I picked those up at Menard’s too.

Oh and the jars and lids, well I didn’t get those at Menard’s, in fact I swapped one of the carpenters helping me with the cottage some of the old windows we took out in exchange for the jars and lids. His wife was thrilled to get the old windows for crafts, (I kept a few windows for myself to use) and I was thrilled to get the jars and lids… it was a great trade!

If you’re familiar with old zinc lids you know they have a glass liner inside them, I sadly had to hammer that and break it out to be able to repurpose these jars, but I consoled myself with at least this way they’re being used and displayed…

So once the lid glass was out here are the steps I did to simply wire together the lamps:

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I drilled vent holes in the lid, just in case the light bulbs heated up inside there? I just figured better safe than sorry.

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And speaking of lightbulbs, since you are looking directly at the lights, I used a super low watt bulb, also it had to be small to fit inside the mouth of the jar. Remember these pendants are for the form, not the function of lighting needs.

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By having the chain hook to the pendant adapter at the top and screw into the rod in the lid, all the weight of the light, (which actually isn’t very much, but still…) goes onto the chain, and not onto the cord, which would not be safe.


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  1. says

    I’m looking for something interesting and different to light our dining room table. I’ve seen similar things on Etsy, but you make this look so straightforward I think I’m definitely going to try doing it myself. Many thanks for a helpful post and most importantly for the step-by-step pictures!

  2. Lesley says

    Hi, this looks great! I want to try this in my kitchen, so thanks for the instructions. I’m worried that the light won’t be bright if I use the blue mason jars – do you find this to be an issue? Thanks in advance!

  3. Darlene says

    I love this my husband and I will making one for over are kitchen bar. Thanks I tried to explain what I wanted to my husband but he didn’t get what I wanted, until we found you site. Thanks again

  4. judie olivier says

    Thanks for your clear, concise instructions for making canning jar light pendants. We want to make pendants made with 3 jars inside a wire “cage” ball. Your instructions will help greatly.

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