It’s really not as difficult as it sounds – with a little creativity and a steady hand, you can create a statement pendant light fitting using the humble preserving jar.
From practical to decorative there are so many ways to upcycle a Mason jar. Use for cocktails at weddings or turn into a vase or soap dispenser. For the more advanced Mason jar-upcyclers, have you had a go at turning them into a pendant light? Used with a low wattage bulb they create a super warm glow and will add a real statement to a corner of your home.
STYLE TIP: Make a few and hang in a cluster as an interesting alternative to a chandelier.
You will need:
1 vintage-style bulb socket and coloured flex 1 large screw-top Mason jar 1 hammer 1 nail Heatproof glue A maximum 30W light bulb
Gather the components above, then follow these intructions to construct the pendant:
1. Unscrew the bulb socket. Open a screw-top Mason jar and take out the inner flat lid. Place one half of the bulb socket on top of the flat jar lid and draw around it.
2. Use a hammer and a nail to punch holes along the circle you have drawn on the lid. Eventually the inner piece will fall out – the edges will be jagged, so take care.
3. Screw up the bulb socket on either side of the flat lid, sandwiching the lid between the two pieces.
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4. Prevent overheating by hammering several air holes in the lid using a hammer and nail, and fixing in a low-wattage light bulb (30W or less). Screw up the outer lid of the Mason jar.
5. Ask an electrician to attach the flex to your mains light.
Hang a few jar pendants in a group as an interesting alternative to a chandelier.
WHERE TO BUY:
Try Urban Cottage Industries for interesting coloured fabric cable.
Trawl ebay.co.uk for vintage Mason jars.
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