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Mason Jars are all the rage in crafting right now.  You can paint, glaze, fill, freeze, and add ribbon and glitter to them.  Guess what? You can even can with them {giggle}.  I was challenged by Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts Stores to create 4 unique projects out of mason jars for their summer Idea Market.  You may have even seen my face in Jo-Ann stores this month! I already showed you the spend, save, give jars I made and today I want to show you how I made a cute table lamp out of a mason jar.

how to make a mason jar lamp


Bottle Lamp Kit

Lamp Cord Switch

Vintage Glass Look Jars

5in x 5in round plaque

4in x 4in round plaque

Drill with 1/2in bit

Wood Glue

Super Glue

25 watt small light bulb

1. Glue your 4in x 4in plaque onto the center of your 5in x 5in plaque with wood glue.-  Clamp or set heavy objects on the top.  Let it dry completely.

DIY mason jar light
mason jar table lamp

2. Meanwhile, insert your lamp corn switch onto your cord from the bottle lamp kit according to package directions.

3. Once the base is dry, drill a 1/2in hole in the center of your wood base.

mason jar lamp DIY

4.  Then using a router or Dremel tool route a 1/4in groove from the drilled hole to the edge.  This will allow your cord to lay flat in that area.

mason jar light fixture

5. Stain or paint the base the color of your choice. I used Minwax Dark Walnut. Insert threaded nipple from the bottle lamp kit into the hole.

mason jar lighting

6. Wire your lamp kit according to package directions, and your lamp cord switch to your cord.

mason jar lighting

6. Using super glue adhere the wide mouth metal ring of your jar to the center of the base.

mason jar lamps

7.  Once dry, screw a small light bulbs into place.

DIY mason jar lamp

8.  Screw on jar color of your choice to metal ring.

mason jar colored lamps
colored mason jar lamp

9. Screw in a low profile 25 watt bulbs.  Use the little switch on the cord to turn the lamp on.

mason jar lights

I love how changing the mason jar changes the ambiance of the room.  It is so easy to interchange based on the season or decor.

I put mine on my daughter’s dresser with the pink mason jar on it.  Click here to see more of her room.

mason jar in bedroom

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  1. I know you used a 25 W bulb but is heat still not a issue with the jar being sealed? I do love this idea.

  2. This is awesome! I especially love the idea of using different colered mason jars. Although, I would think a regular lightbulb might be too bright. An Edison style lightbulb would look cool…sort of keeping with the old-fashioned style. Plus, they’re not as intense as most lightbulbs. What do you think?

  3. Hi Marina, I’m glad you like this project. Honestly, I am not too familiar with Edison bulbs; however, I would think it would work if you could find the right size. You just want to make sure that it doesn’t give off too much heat.

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