Add creativity to the kitchen by repurposing old mason jars. They look beautiful when hung from the ceiling and act as an effective source of light for smoothly running your kitchen chores. I wanted an interesting lighting arrangement for my new kitchen and was inspired by a project featured in HubPages after browsing through several homemade light ideas.
How to Make Your Own Mason Jar Kitchen Lights
- 6 quart sized mason jars
- At least an inch deep 17”X11” cookie sheet
- 1”X2” piece of wood
- 25 feet lamp cord
- 2 acorn nuts and corresponding hanger bolts
- Wire nuts
- A drill with various sizes of drill bits
- Wood clamps
- A rounded metal file
- Metallic spray paint
- Pocket screws
- Kreg Jig
- 400-800 grit sandpaper
- 6 threaded pipe nipples
- 6 brass nuts to match the nipples
- 6 2-inch washers with ½” centers
- 6 3/8-16 x 7/16” brad hole T-nuts
- 6 light sockets
- 6 clear incandescent bulbs of a size that can pass through the mouths of the jars
- Place a washer atop a mason jar lid and trace its ½” hole in the center.
- Drill through the traced circular boundary.
- A threaded pipe nipple is made to pass through the hole now, followed by the washer.
- A brass nut remains on the outside of the lid whereas a light socket is screwed to the bottom of the pipe nipple on the inside.
- Screw in one of the bulbs and fix the lid on the jar.
- Repeat for the remaining 5
- For the base, cut out a wooden frame and crossbar that can fit inside the cookie pan. A 16 5/8” length with 6 ½” cross pieces should be fine.
- Assemble the wooden frame with pocket screws and the Kreg Jig.
- Decide where you want to put the holes in the wood for the light wiring with proper measurements. Estimate the position of those points on the back side of the cookie sheet and drill holes (7/16”) through it.
- Drill a couple of holes in the pan for the ceiling mounting screws. Their orientation depends on how you want to mount your light. My holes lined up along the width.
- Clamp the wooden frame inside the pan.
- Mark the holes in the wood through those in the pan.
- Remove any rough edges of the cookie sheet holes with the metal file.
- Poke the brad hole T-nuts through the back side of the above holes.
- Drill the corresponding 7/16” holes through the wooden frame. The base is ready.
- Sand the pan lightly with the sandpaper.
- Depending on the height of the ceiling and where you want the lights to hang, cut 6 pieces off the lamp cord.
- Spray paint the lid components, base and power cord and allow drying.
- Begin assembling the cords. Since I had 6 lights, I grouped them in sets of three. The terminal wire of each group can be joined to make the final attachment to the ceiling care being taken for the positive and negative end groupings. Wire nuts will help here.
- Now attach the base to the ceiling. I drilled hanger bolts into the stud and fixed the pan to it through the mounting holes and the acorn nuts. The terminal wires were connected to the existing wires coming out of the ceiling with the wire nuts.
- Attach the mason jar lights to the ends of the cords. Light assembly is complete.
If your kitchen is small, you can make a hanging mason jar pendant light for its ceiling.
Let the mason jar light fixture for your kitchen lie testimony to many pleasurable moments and delectable cuisines.