I love finding new functions for everyday things, especially when it’s something I’d otherwise recycle or donate. We had a 1/2 gallon jug leftover from a canning adventure a last year, so I thought I’d put it to work as an accent lamp on my desk. Surprisingly there’s no special electrical knowledge needed here. If you can follow instructions–you got this! With a few key materials close at hand and a little elbow grease you’ll be lighting up your mason jar in no time!
Materials you’ll need for the mason jar lamp:
- 1/2 Gallon Mason Jar
- Painter’s Tape
- Electric Drill
- 1/4″ or 1/2″ Glass Drill Bit
- Pocket Knife
- Acrylic Paint
- Make-A-Lamp Kit
- Screw Driver
- All purpose Glue (Optional)
Step by step instruction to build the lamp:
Step 1: Wasi tape and paint
Apply painter’s tape to both the inside and outside of the Mason Jar on what will be the backside of your lamp. Mark the location where you’d like the cord to protrude from.
Step 2: Glass drilling
Using an electric drill fitted with a glass drill bit, drill a hole in the location you marked in step 1. The trick is not to apply too much pressure while drilling down, just let the drill do the work.
Step 3: Apply fresh paint
Once the hole is drilled, remove the painter’s tape on both the inside and outside of the jar, and apply a fresh piece of tape over the hole.
Step 4: Acrylic paint inside
Paint the inside of the jar with acrylic paint and allow to dry thoroughly.
Step 5: Lid hole
Use a pocket knife to create a rough opening on the center of the lid just large enough to fit the threaded “nipple” (that comes with your lamp kit).
Step 6: Prepare Wire
Thread the wire end of the lamp cord through the hole drilled in step 2. Pull through mouth of jar.
Step 7: How to assemble the hardware for the lamp
Assemble the lamp hardware according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Here’s a quick rundown:
- Push the threaded “nipple” through the underside of the jar lid until the lid rests on the locknut. If desired, secure on the underside of the lid with a ring of all-purpose glue (optional).
- Thread wire through the “nipple”.
- Thread the check ring onto the wire, followed by the socket cap, placing them on top of the jar lid.
- Connect the ribbed wire to the silver screw and the non-ribbed wire to the gold screw on either side of the socket, by wrapping the exposed portion of the wire around the neck of the screw, and tightening the screw into the socket to secure.
- Place socket shell onto the socket and secure into the socket cap.
- Place jar ring onto jar and tighten.
Step 8: Add socket
Screw a lightbulb into the socket and plug the lamp in to make sure it works (!!). Top with a small to medium sized lampshade and voila!