How to Make a Mason Jar Chandelier

If you are looking to add some romantic lighting to your wedding why not consider a mason jar chandelier? We made one to use in our wedding reception decor, which we hung right above the sweetheart table and it was one of my favorite decorations! So today I am sharing a tutorial on how to make a mason jar chandelier, which can be used during the wedding as well as in your home afterwards.

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I found the chandelier at a thrift shop a while back for a mere $5! Here is a before photo that was taken with my phone so I apologize for the quality:

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Here are the materials I used to create a DIY Mason Jar Chandelier:

  • Globe Bulb Lights – I used some I already had on hand
  • 1 can of Valspar Tropical Oasis Spray Paint & Primer in One
  • 5 Blue Heritage Mason Jars and Lid Rings
  • Painter’s Tape
  • 12lb Clear Fishing Line
  • E600 Glue
  • 6ft Clear Crystal Garland
  • 10 Double Teardrop Crystal Prisms

 

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The first thing I did was put some bulbs in it and connect it to a wall plug in converter {which we already had}, just to make sure it worked. It did – woo-hoo!

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We actually didn’t use the bulbs you see in the photo above though because the mason jars didn’t fit on top of them. We used globe chandelier bulbs instead which we already had on hand.

Afterwards I cleaned up the chandelier and even vacuumed out some of the dust before gluing the mason jar lid rings to it with E600 Glue.This way the mason jars can be easily screwed into the lids and are removable if the bulbs need to be changed.

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I went around and glued the lid rings to all 5 sections of the chandelier lights, cleaned up the excess glue and then let it dry for a few hours.

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Afterwards I used frog tape to cover up any sections I didn’t want paint to get on.

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I then used some of Valspar’s Tropical Oasis Spray Paint & Primer in One. I sprayed on a few coats, letting the paint dry in between and also moving the chandelier around to ensure the entire thing was covered.

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This is where it may get a bit confusing. You see Eric and I actually added the crystal garland and prisms a couple days before we left for North Carolina for our wedding, and I transferred all the images to my computer before we left so that I would have tons of space for photos. Only now I can’t find the photos we took that day and searched my computer everywhere! :(

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I will try to explain what we did, which I thought worked pretty well, although I know there are certainly other {more professional} ways to get this done.

Once the chandelier had the mason jar ring lids glued on, was painted and dry we screwed in the light bulbs and then screwed the mason jars into the lids.

Wanna know what I used to attach the crystals? Fishing Line. Yep. I am sorta obsessed with this stuff as it got me through A LOT of wedding projects! I especially love that it’s clear.

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So we basically attached the crystal prisms where we wanted using clear, 12lb fishing line and then triple tied it off.

We hung the crystal garland around some of the chandelier curly hook areas, but wound up removing it for when we transported it in the car and then re-added it while we were in North Carolina. Actually, my sister stood on a ladder and added it while we were setting up the space for the reception. I love her!

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My only regret is not buying more of the crystal prisms, which would have looked awesome had I added them to the section where the mason jar lid rings were attached. I would have done that when we got back home, but the chandelier found it’s permanent home at the venue we were married at {Memory Mountain at Wolf Laurel}, where other brides will be able to enjoy it during their wedding as well :)

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Here is the before and after:

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Here is what it looked like during the reception:

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So what do you think? I am so happy that we were able to make it a part of our big day, and since I left it at the venue I plan to make another one in the near future.

Update: I made another mason jar chandelier for our dining room a few months back and LOVE it, especially because I added some more acrylic crystals to it this time around. Here is a photo of it during my fall home tour on my other blog:

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What kind of lighting do you plan to use during your wedding reception?

Comments

  1. Lucia says

    Hi Katie,
    Thanks for a great tutorial. I have an old chandelier in my garage that I would love to repurpose with mason jars! I just wanted to know, did the jars get very hot after the chandelier was on for a while?

    • Katie @ A Handcrafted Wedding says

      Hi Lucia, I actually left the chandelier at the venue but plan on making another one soon for our home. I don’t know if the jars get too hot, but I haven’t heard of any issues with mason jar chandeliers. I’ll keep you posted on when we make another one and use it more often :)

  2. Tracy Geer says

    Dear Katie,
    I am a big DYI fan and loved this idea, as well as many of you other projects
    I am going to try doing one of these chandilers for outside, under my pergola!
    I have an idea to keep the rain off!
    Will let you know how I make out!
    Best wishes!

  3. says

    I love the chandelier you made. I have an old one and want to try this. Lucia, I actually used these same mason jars over my bathroom light fixtures and have not had an issue at all with them being hot.
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  4. Suzannah says

    I just got done putting mine up, and after 30 minutes I’d say the jars got pretty hot, I hate to admit this, but does anyone know if they will bust if I leave them on too long? I’d really hate to find out w having two kids and all :/ however it does look pretty w out them! Just not the effect I was going for!

    • says

      Hi Suzannah, Hmmmm I’m not sure why your jars are so hot. I actually made another mason jar chandelier about 4 months ago that is in our dining room. We have it on every night with no issues. I had never felt the glass before so I left it on for a couple hours {I meant to only leave it on for 30 minutes but forgot} and then went out and touched the glass jars. They were warm, but not hot at all, I could easily leave my hand on them – more of a luke warm. My guess is maybe the wattage of the bulbs you are using is too high? Or are you using smaller jars that are closer to the bulbs? I used quart size jars on my new one, although I made my first one with the smaller jars. I’m not sure if that helps at all, but keep me posted and I’d LOVE to see how yours turned out!

      ~Katie
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