DIY Mason Jar Chandelier

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DIY Mason Jar Chandelier

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Have an old chandelier just sitting around? Well, turn that thrift shop chandelier into a DIY Mason Jar Chandelier! MountainModernLife.com

If you are looking to add some romantic or vintage-inspired lighting to your wedding or home 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!

DIY Mason Jar Chandelier

Have an old chandelier just sitting around? Well, turn that thrift shop chandelier into a DIY Mason Jar Chandelier! MountainModernLife.com

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:

Have an old chandelier just sitting around? Well, turn that thrift shop chandelier into a DIY Mason Jar Chandelier! MountainModernLife.com

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Materials Needed for DIY Mason Jar Chandelier:

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Globe Bulb Lights – I used some I already had on hand

1 can of Valspar Tropical Oasis Spray Paint & Primer in One

Blue Heritage Mason Jars and Lid Rings

Painter’s Tape

Clear Fishing Line or Thin Wire

E600 Glue

6ft Clear Crystal Garland

10 Teardrop Crystal Prisms

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Have an old chandelier just sitting around? Well, turn that thrift shop chandelier into a DIY Mason Jar Chandelier! MountainModernLife.com

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 – yay!

Have an old chandelier just sitting around? Well, turn that thrift shop chandelier into a DIY Mason Jar Chandelier! MountainModernLife.com

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.

Have an old chandelier just sitting around? Well, turn that thrift shop chandelier into a DIY Mason Jar Chandelier! MountainModernLife.com

Have an old chandelier just sitting around? Well, turn that thrift shop chandelier into a DIY Mason Jar Chandelier! MountainModernLife.com

Have an old chandelier just sitting around? Well, turn that thrift shop chandelier into a DIY Mason Jar Chandelier! MountainModernLife.com

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.Have an old chandelier just sitting around? Well, turn that thrift shop chandelier into a DIY Mason Jar Chandelier! MountainModernLife.com
Afterwards I used frog tape to cover up any sections I didn’t want paint to get on.

Have an old chandelier just sitting around? Well, turn that thrift shop chandelier into a DIY Mason Jar Chandelier! MountainModernLife.com

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.

Have an old chandelier just sitting around? Well, turn that thrift shop chandelier into a DIY Mason Jar Chandelier! MountainModernLife.com

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! 🙁

Have an old chandelier just sitting around? Well, turn that thrift shop chandelier into a DIY Mason Jar Chandelier! MountainModernLife.com

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. You can also use thin jewelry wire.

Have an old chandelier just sitting around? Well, turn that thrift shop chandelier into a DIY Mason Jar Chandelier! MountainModernLife.com

So we basically attached the crystal prisms where we wanted using clear fishing line and then triple tied it off. It doesn’t need to be 12lb but that’s what we had so that’s what we used.

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!

Have an old chandelier just sitting around? Well, turn that thrift shop chandelier into a DIY Mason Jar Chandelier! MountainModernLife.com

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 🙂

Have an old chandelier just sitting around? Well, turn that thrift shop chandelier into a DIY Mason Jar Chandelier! MountainModernLife.com

Here is what it looked like during the reception:

Have an old chandelier just sitting around? Well, turn that thrift shop chandelier into a DIY Mason Jar Chandelier! MountainModernLife.com

Have an old chandelier just sitting around? Well, turn that thrift shop chandelier into a DIY Mason Jar Chandelier! MountainModernLife.com

Have an old chandelier just sitting around? Well, turn that thrift shop chandelier into a DIY Mason Jar Chandelier! MountainModernLife.com

Have an old chandelier just sitting around? Well, turn that thrift shop chandelier into a DIY Mason Jar Chandelier! MountainModernLife.com

Have an old chandelier just sitting around? Well, turn that thrift shop chandelier into a DIY Mason Jar Chandelier! MountainModernLife.com

So what do you think of the DIY Mason Jar Chandelier? 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. Do you plan to make your own DIY Mason Jar Chandelier?

(Update: check out my second one here)

67 Comments
  • This is beautiful! Pinned it!

    October 28, 2013 at 3:02 pm
  • Arleen
    Reply

    What a great post! The chandelier was amazing!

    October 28, 2013 at 3:21 pm
    • It was definitely perfect right above our table, although I do wish it had more crystals 🙂

      October 30, 2013 at 1:36 pm
  • Love these! Great idea!

    October 28, 2013 at 3:58 pm
  • Stunning! I love it! I might have to try this! XO, Erica

    October 28, 2013 at 8:58 pm
    • Thanks Erica, it was super easy and everyone seemed to enjoy it 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

      October 30, 2013 at 1:37 pm
  • Carmen H.
    Reply

    Looks beautiful! What an inspiration!

    October 29, 2013 at 9:53 am
    • Thank you Carmen! It sat in our house for months before I finally worked on it, but it was definitely a great score at $5!

      October 30, 2013 at 1:38 pm
  • That looks so wonderful. You did a great job!

    October 29, 2013 at 10:44 am
  • This is gorgeous! I can’t wait to see more pictures of everything, that little peek looks amazing. I’m having a rustic themed wedding in May so I’ve been getting lots of inspiration from your wedding projects!

    October 29, 2013 at 10:59 am
    • Thank you Steph and congrats on your engagement! Oh my goodness people told me things would go wrong, but holy cow did things go wrong! Lol. There are a lot of things that didn’t get done or completed as planned, yet in the end it was still perfect and super magical 🙂

      October 30, 2013 at 1:40 pm
  • Yowza! I will definitely be featuring this gorgeous creation @ our “Inspiration Monday Party” this Sunday @ 2pm EST. Thanks so much for joining us! ~ Julie redheadcandecorate.com

    October 29, 2013 at 11:41 am
    • Yay, thanks Julie! So happy you like it and that you stopped by to check it out 🙂

      October 30, 2013 at 1:41 pm
  • wow I love that chandy…it looks so pretty…I adore the color you painted it…the tut was so perfect…I can’t wait to find me on to redo…

    October 30, 2013 at 2:54 am
    • Thank you Phyllis! I had actually purchased 2 different blue colors because I wasn’t sure which one would match the jars best, and originally thought this one may be too dark. In the end it was actually perfect! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

      October 30, 2013 at 1:43 pm
  • Came over from the Atlanta group and I’m so glad I did! this is just brilliant and beautiful! I’d love for you to link up to my group linky (in Tuesday’s blog post!) Everyone needs to see this! ox

    October 30, 2013 at 6:02 am
    • Thank you so much for checking it out Robin and I would LOVE to link up to your party, thanks!

      October 30, 2013 at 1:43 pm
  • I love this!!!!!!!I featured you this week at Boogieboard Cottage, Take care, Mary

    October 30, 2013 at 4:12 pm
  • Beautiful chandelier. Thanks for the how-to. Love your wedding reception setting!

    October 30, 2013 at 9:51 pm
  • Beautiful job. I love the color you chose! I’m hosting a giveaway for two modern printed kitchen towels that you should enter! http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/10/a-tea-towel-set-giveaway.html

    October 31, 2013 at 12:36 pm
    • Thank you so much Kayla and I’ll head over now to enter the giveaway 🙂

      November 3, 2013 at 9:02 am
  • Sweet up cycle! I passed one of these over at a yard sale, now I wish I hadn’t. visiting thru Leslie’s How on the Way party

    October 31, 2013 at 1:34 pm
    • Hi JoAnn! I went through a total obsessive light fixture phase and bought this during that time. Since I left this chandelier at the place we were married at, I hope to find another one we can use in our home! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

      November 3, 2013 at 9:04 am
  • What a beautiful spin on painted chandeliers! The mason jars are an amazing idea!!! Looks great:)!!!

    November 1, 2013 at 10:46 am
  • I love how your chandelier turned out. Beautiful job.

    November 1, 2013 at 12:50 pm
  • OMG I love it! What a great idea to use the mason jars and the color is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

    November 1, 2013 at 2:15 pm
    • I’m so glad you like it Bonnie! It was definitely one of my favorite things during the reception.

      November 3, 2013 at 9:06 am
  • Looks like you had a beautiful wedding, love what you did to the chandelier, Are you going to use this in your home? Great job Andi @thewednesdaybaker

    November 1, 2013 at 4:49 pm
    • Hi Andi! We actually left it with the owner of the cabin venue we were married at, so that other brides can use it in the future. I hope to make a similar one for our house as soon as I find another thrift store chandelier 🙂

      November 3, 2013 at 9:07 am
  • Marie
    Reply

    WOW!! This is beautiful.

    November 1, 2013 at 5:49 pm
  • Love this! I’d love for you to add this to my link up party “Friday Follow Along Party” http://thecraftiestallie.blogspot.com/

    November 2, 2013 at 12:11 am
  • I absolutely LOVE this project Katie! Perfect color, and mason jars just got even cooler. Thank you so much for joining us at the Inspiration Monday party 🙂 xo

    November 2, 2013 at 1:31 am
    • I’m so glad you like it Tanya, and thank you so much for stopping by to check it out 🙂

      November 3, 2013 at 9:10 am
  • That turned out FANTASTIC! I love it! how creative!
    Thanks so much for linking up to http://arttisbeauty.blogspot.com/2013/10/twirl-and-take-bow-link-party.html
    Have a BEAUTIFUL day,
    Hugs
    Karin

    November 4, 2013 at 7:12 pm
  • Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.
    Reply

    I love the chandelier and the beautiful table décor too! Can’t wait to see more pictures of your special day!

    November 4, 2013 at 9:28 pm
  • This is the best tutorial I have seen. I cannot wait to make one of my own. Thank you so much for sharing at Redoux! I am featuring tomorrow, party goes live at 2:00 PST. 🙂

    November 6, 2013 at 11:04 pm
  • This is AMAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAZING!!!! Mason Jar MARVELOUS!!!! LOVE IT and the crystals…the perfect touch! Hugs…thanks for sharing and of course it shall be featured : )

    November 8, 2013 at 5:23 am
  • Katie, this is fantastic! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the features today at the Anything Blue Friday party at The Dedicated House. Pop on over and grab a feature button for your blog. Here is the link to this week’s party. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2013/11/anything-blue-friday-week-33.html Hope to see you again at the little blue soiree. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

    November 8, 2013 at 9:52 am
  • Sara Findley
    Reply

    Have been saving two chandy’s for just such a project. Where did u find the crystals.

    November 8, 2013 at 5:01 pm
  • Absolutely stunning! You certainly thought of every detail from your wedding! WOW– gorgeous! Pinning this for sure!

    ~Abby =)

    February 2, 2014 at 9:09 pm
  • BEAUTIFUL!!! That paint color is so gorgeous and this is so quintessentially rustic glam!! Love it.

    February 3, 2014 at 11:07 pm
  • My husband and I wanted to do something like this for our dining room! I love mason jars, this turned out great. Perfect blue color choice. Thanks for sharing!

    February 4, 2014 at 7:25 pm
  • Beth
    Reply

    Love the chandelier! I have made a similar one for our backyard above the dinning table. Did you keep your chandelier hardwired or did to switch it to a plug in? I’m trying to figure the cheapest way to keep my chandelier a working electrical one and not use led candles. Thanks

    May 21, 2014 at 6:55 pm
  • shawna
    Reply

    What size of mason jars did you use? Thanks!

    March 14, 2016 at 12:10 pm

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