I hope you all had a fantastic weekend!
I’ve been receiving quite a few requests on how we created our mason jar chandelier since it was first seen in our kitchen progress post – so yesterday evening my fiancé helped me write up this tutorial post on how we did it (okay, he put it together, I sourced the supplies we would use to make it!) it’s not an easy project, but once you have all of the supplies you shouldn’t have much trouble. The hardest part to source was definitely the curtain rod extensions, but you may be able to find another type of rod to substitute this. Just be sure to alter your counter-sink drill bit size accordingly!
We wanted to create one of these chandeliers after seeing so many inspiring chandelier mason jar lights on Pinterest!
We also didn’t give any information on the wiring or electrical aspect of this light fixture. We just didn’t feel comfortable doing so – so please be sure to contact an electrician if you aren’t familiar with this sort of thing. Also be sure to disconnect the power completely to the room you are installing or working on your light in!
With that said, onto the tutorial! If you decide you want to make this light or a variation of it, I would love it if you would link back to this post and let me know! I would love to see it how yours turns out! 🙂
To make this chandelier you will need:
Drill and drill bits – Sizes 1/2″ and 19/64″ (Optional sizes, these are just what we used)
Wire cutters/Wire stripping tool
Hack saw or soft metal cutter
3/4″ wrench or ratchet with 3/4″ socket (Or whatever size will fit the bolts you are securing the chandelier to the ceiling with)
4×4 wood cut into three equal sizes – Ours was cut to 40″.
10 Mason/Ball jars of your choice
Curtain rod extensions cut to various lengths (Ours were purchased at Jysk)
10 candelabra light sockets
Standard lamp wire
10 candelabra light bulbs at 15 watts
3 8″ x 1/2″ screws
10 1″ long brass nipples (Example) These can be found in the lamp section of most home improvement stores
20 nuts (to fit nipples) Found in the lamp section
20 washers (to fit nipples) Found in the lamp section
3 1/2″ helicoils (Optional)
Step 1) Cut your 4×4 wood into three equal pieces of your choice. This will be the part attached to the ceiling and will determine how long your chandelier will be. We chose cut ours at three equal sizes of 40″ each.
2) On two pieces of your wood, measure out five points with equal distance between them for your masons jar lights to hang and mark them off. Ours was 4″ from the end to the first light, then four 8″ separations, finally ending in another 4″ space to the end.
3) Drill holes down through the two pieces of wood on the marked points big enough to fit your wire through. We used a drill bit of 19/64″ for this.
4) Drill 1/2″ counter sink holes about a quarter of an inch into the previous holes you made to fit the curtain rod extensions on the two pieces of wood. This will depend on the the size of the rods you purchase. Ours were purchases from Jysk in Canada.
5) Place the three pieces of wood together with the wood without holes in the middle. Use plenty of strong wood glue to secure these together and let them dry completely.
6) Cut your curtain rod extensions (You can use a hack saw or a soft metal cutter) to various sizes of your choice. These will be attached to your mason jars and will determine how low they hang. Our sizes were five cut at 13 1/2″, and five were cut at 16 1/2″.
7) Feed your wire down through the drilled holes. The wire should come out where you made your sink holes. Then feed the wire through your cut curtain rod extensions pushing the curtain rod extensions into the sinkholes. Alternate between your short and long rods per hole, and use opposite sizes on either side of the two pieces of wood.
8) Take your mason jar lids and drill a hole in the center big enough for the nipples to fit through. Drill about four or five small holes around this to allow for circulation and prevent over heating.
9) Assemble your lights by putting a nipple through a whole in the lid. Secure on the top with a washer and a nut. Secure the bottom with a candelabra socket and nut.
10) Feed the wire through the nipple and connect to the electrical connectors on the candelabra socket
11) Pull the wires tight enough through the top of the wood so that the mason jar lids are flush with the bottom of your cut rods, and your rods are secure inside of your counter sink holes.
12) At this point you will do your electrical splicing (Consult an electrician on this step if you aren’t familiar with how to do this, we don’t feel comfortable giving a tutorial on the electrical aspect of this light since we aren’t professionals)
13) Pick where you want your chandelier to hang on the ceiling and find a secure stud to secure it to. It’s heavy, and it will need one! Luckily we had a stud right where we needed it. Don’t attach the jars to your lid, or the bulbs, until your light is secure on the ceiling to avoid breakage.
14) Drill three 1/2″ holes down through the centre piece of wood. One on each side between the end mason jars, and one between the middle mason jars.
15) Drill three 1/2″ holes into the ceiling stud at the same equal distances as the holes you made for the chandelier. We put helicoils into the studs for extra strength. MAKE SURE you install the chandelier into a strong stud. It’s heavy!
16) Install your light with 8″ x 1/2″ screws, and tighten with a 3/4″ wrench or ratchet with 3/4″ socket.
17) Attach your 15 watt light bulbs and screw on your jars. Be sure to watch them to make sure your jars don’t get hot to the touch, if they do you may want to use a lower wattage or smaller bulb, or even drill more holes in the lid.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial – Please don’t mind our exposed hole in the ceiling! We are still meaning to cover that up 😉
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