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Saturday, November 17, 2012

The Mason Jar Chandelier

Happy Friday everyone! I realized when I did the post about my daughter's wedding a few days ago I left out a fun project that you DIY-ers might like to see and maybe even try. It was intended to be used for the original wedding plan, but when that changed we no longer had a use for it.

We loved the idea of incorporating mason jars into the wedding decor, and as we scoured the internet for inspiration we came across some images like these:

 I knew right away that this was the project I wanted to try. I had a cool old piece of wood that was just waiting to be used for the right thing, and this was it!

Ok, things might get a little sketchy here. I did get a few snapshots of the process, but I wasn't blogging back then so I didn't really document the steps very well. I think you'll get the idea.

                                                 That's one of my cute helpers!

The board is 5' long x 11" x 3/4" thick. I decided on 8 jars, and layed them out approximately 10" apart lengthwise and 5" apart width wise. I really don't think I measured at the time, I just eyeballed it until it looked even. I traced around each jar with a pencil and then came the fun part!

Don't freak out, I didn't cut it on the kitchen countertop : ) 
I should mention here that I didn't own a hole saw bit or the electric drill needed for the power to do the job (my cordless is wimpy), I borrowed them from a friend's husband. These things are definitely on my wish-list to own! 

Ideally the plan would be to have the hole be the exact size of metal jar ring. The ring would be glued snugly into the hole. I had seen some plans where the jar itself was glued into the hole and  string lights were used. But I wanted to use candles and I wanted the jars to be removable to make it easy to clean and change the candles, etc.

Because the only hole saw bits that were available for me to borrow were a little larger than the jar rings, I ended up having to improvise by gluing the ring snugly to one side of the hole using construction adhesive, and filling the gap with a couple of applications of the same glue, allowing to dry for a full day between applications.

I don't have a photo of what it looks like from the top. It's not pretty, but it hangs high enough that no one can see that.

I drilled two holes on each end of the board and knotted some rough rope through it to hang it from. This is really my favorite sort of project-just wing it and see what happens! 

This was a very inexpensive project! I already had the board, the mason jars and the lid rings. I think I spent a couple of dollars on the piece of rope and votive candles and of course I borrowed the hole saw.

About a month ago I decided to paint the board white and change the rope to one a little less rough. It's hard to get a good photo of this thing on my small back porch!

I hate to say it, but I think I liked the rustic board and rope a little better.
Sometimes you just don't know until you try something, right? I would love to make another one of these sometime! Different size? Different configuration? Chain instead of rope? We'll see : ) 

 {Updated photo from May 2013}



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  1. Visited you on Etsy! That was fun:) Enjoying these posts and the lovely view from your deck! I have brought a few early Christmas things down, too, but the kids won't let me play any music. Not long to wait, though! XOXO, Dina

    1. Hi Dina! There's so much to learn...I'm trying :)
      I have a feeling alot more Christmas is coming in the house here tomorrow-eek! Where is my music? Hmmm....

  2. Hi there! Thank you so much for your sweet message today, I LOVE this project :) I have 4 kids from 21 to 2, and we homeschool too. Your latest reader

    xoxo, Tanya

    1. Oh, Tanya I'm so glad to know I'm not the only (crazy) one! :)
      Thanks for visiting!

  3. Oh wow - I love that idea!! Beautiful, effective, fairly thrifty and quite easy to reproduce!! What's not to like!! Thanks for sharing, J9 x

  4. What a wonderful project! love the mason jars with candles. I would totally do this if I had an outdoor space...maybe one day!

    1. If I wasn't renting I would totally consider taking down my dining room light and hanging this over the table. My outdoor space is pretty tiny! Thanks for visiting, Daniela : )

  5. What a great project! i love all the things people come up with using mason jars... your's turned out wonderful. i was glad to read that you have been homeschooling for 12 years... that's amazing! This is my first year and it's going great.

    1. Thank you for your kind words. Yes, 12 years! I wish you all the best on your homeschooling journey, as well! I appreciate your visit : )

  6. I love your mason jar chandelier! It is so pretty and love that you used mason jars. Visiting from Debbiedoo's party. Going to pin this! :)

    1. Thank you for visiting AND pinning! :)
      I'll come visit you too!

  7. Very unique idea!
    Love it - mason jars continue to rock!
    Thanks for linking up this week!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  8. Featured you today!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  9. Very cool! Thanks for linking up in the Pantry.

  10. You could always take it down and paint the board brown or use some stain poly over the white? Cute idea. I do love the votives that come in the little glass holders. No wax mess. Someone let us borrow cases of those for my sons wedding and clean up was a breeze. We used mason jars, book pages and twine etc for his rehearsal dinner. Was so nice, served food in cast iron skillets and I was able to use all my pretty antiques and family heirlooms. A treasure.

  11. Very nice progect! I think that will fit perfect in my garden^^


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