Think how versatile this could be — just swap the mason jars for another style of glass shade!
Here’s LZ with the tutorial:
How to Upcycle a Vanity Light Strip into a Pendant Light or Chandelier
by LZ from The Summery Umbrella
Hello Remodelaholics! I’m LZ Cathcart and I’m the creative mind behind The Summery Umbrella. I enjoy sharing my adventures in DIY projects with my super talented husband, as well as my love for creating wall décor from reclaimed wood in my shop. You’ll find that I primarily focus my attention on what I call the 3 R’s. Rustic, Repurpose and Repaint. I like to keep it simple, but pretty and unique at the same time! To illustrate my design style and also some of my all-time favorite DIY projects check out these beauties: Upcycled Lamp Shade Pendant Light, Rustic & Industrial Bucket Light, and Reclaimed Wood Pumpkins.
- 40” L x 8.5” W x 1” thick piece of reclaimed barn wood
- Repurposed Bathroom Light Vanity Strip
- Spray Paint
- 6 Mason Jars
- 6 Edison Light Bulbs
- Drill and Bits
2.) Next, drill a hole into the barn wood with a 2 1/8 inch drill bit for the electrical wires.
3.) Pull apart the light fixture so it can be attached to the barn wood. Drill four holes; one on each end and two in the middle to secure just the inside piece of your light strip to the piece of barn wood.
4.) Attach the exterior part of your light fixture (this particular one just clipped back into place).
5.) Drill holes into the Mason jar lids using 1 3/8 inch drill bit for the light socket opening. Use a 1/8 inch drill bit to pre-drill two holes into each lid so they
also can be securely fastened to the fixture.
6.) Place the Mason jar bands on first, then the lids and finally screw them in. You can also screw in the light bulbs and Mason jars at this point if you want to get a preview of
your new light.
9.) Measure from the ceiling down to approximately how high above your table you would like your light fixture to hang. The length of the rope and height of the light fixture will depend on where you are hanging it and the height of your ceiling.
We absolutely LOVE how our Mason jar pendant light turned out, and it is definitely at the top of our list of favorite DIY projects in our new home. The cost of this project will ultimately depend on the materials you already have on hand.
The wood piece we used is from an old barn that my husband tore down, and it is made of Hemlock Pine.
Since we repurposed our former bathroom vanity light there was no cost here either, but you can find one similar to this on Amazon for $28.
We already had Mason jars, but you can find them for around $10 for six, and this particular spray paint is typically $6 a can.
The cost of rope varies depending on the material used, diameter, and length; prices range from $10-$40.
As for the light bulbs, this is where we spent most of our money. You can choose whatever lights you prefer, but we bought a 6 pk of Nostalgic Edison Squirrel Cage style bulbs on Amazon for $32.
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