Fun Project Spotlight: How to Make A Mason Jar Lamp

how-to-make-a -mason-jar-lampHow To Make a Mason Jar Lamp – Fillable Fun In an Hour Or Less!

Do you want to learn how to make a mason jar lamp that looks as good as the fancy “designer” jars at the store, but at a fraction of the cost, with easy to locate materials?

Great, because I did too! I learned how to make this mason jar lamp you see here, back in 2007 – It is almost 10 years old and this baby still works like gangbusters with semi-continuous use.

And best of all, you’ll get to fill it up with anything you dream of- I chose a bunch of my childhood miniature trinkets, but the sky is truly the limit!

Hey budding crafters, you’re gonna need a special lamp making kit before you begin…you can find them all right here.

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What Materials Do You Need To Make A Mason Jar Lamp?

  • A quart-size Mason/Ball jar with its respective lid
  • A “make-your-own lamp” kit; they are sold locally or online on Amazon and other venues.
  • Small needle-nose pliers
  • Lampshade harp and finial
  • Small lampshade
  • Objects to go into the jar (completely up to you! See below)

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Fun Things You Can Put Into Your DIY Mason Jar Lamp!

Now remember this list is NOT exhaustive….just a starting point to get the creative juices flowing. Just about anything small and attractive within reason, could go in!

How To Make a Mason Jar Lamp: Putting It Together!

1.First examine your kit…Kits may vary in style and appearance but they should include a socket, base, electric cord, adapter, stopper and instructions.

Pssst crafters….Want to skip some of the legwork here? Consider checking out a Mason/Ball jar adapter kitit has some limitations, but it will let you do things like switch your filling material periodically if another idea strikes your fancy.

When I made my lamp I cut a hole into the jar lid for the stopper to go through. 

2. Drill a hole in jar (optional) If you are like me and a stickler for neatness, you may consider drilling a small hole close to the bottom that the electric cord can thread through. It requires some patience and skill, so if you are apprehensive about this part I recommend you skip this step and just allow the cord to thread through the socket base.

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A lot of mason jar lamps I’ve seen follow thread through the socket, and that’s OK. My ex at the time performed this task. Believe me when I say that you have to be very very careful doing this 🙂

This step requires a special type of drill bit made especially for glass-very different from what you may be used to.

3. Thread the electric cord as directed. I was a perfectionist at the time and I wanted to conceal the electric cord part in the jar via a drinking straw, covered in foil. You don’t have to do this part, especially if you just thread the cord through the socket base normally.

4. The electric cord separates – each end has a golden look to it…wrap them around the corresponding parts around the inside of the socket base. It’s positive to negative or vice versa I think. The needle nose pliers will come in handy for this to secure them.

5. Attach the socket part (this is where you screw in the light bulb) into the base firmly.

6. Attach the harp under the base. This anatomy, which looks sorta like its name (see images below) is sold separately and used to accommodate and support your lampshade.

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7. Now comes the most fun part-fill ‘er up! If you have the threaded cord as in Step 2, now is when the part of dropping in and arranging the objects comes in. If you did not do Step 2 it doesn’t matter when. Just that when you are dropping objects in, you want to make sure you have the right amount of slack with the cord when you go to screw the lid back on.

8. Attach the lampshade you have chosen. The shade can be as flamboyant or plain as you want, but the important thing is to choose a shade that complements the lamp in both proportion and shape.

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9. Secure your lampshade using a finial, which can also be decorative. And I think you know where this is going….Grab a bulb and light ‘er up!

Bravo! … Give yourself a pat on the back as you have learned how to make a mason jar lamp that is unique and one of a kind and will grace your nightstand, living room, etc. (My cat happened to be all tuckered out for a nap when I took this picture.)

♥Have fun! If you get stuck at any point don’t hesitate to drop me a message in the comments. Although I made this thing 10 years ago, I have changed a few of the inside trinkets and still remember the methodology here.♥

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Updated: 2017-06-16 — 19:48

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