When we moved into our new house, we started to look for inexpensive solutions to add “our” character to the house. The kitchen was one of the first places we wanted to work on. Above the kitchen counter were 3 pendant lights that didn’t quite fit our style. We decided that those pendants had to go! But now we needed something more “us” to replace them! If you find yourself looking for pendant light inspiration, let me point you in the right direction! Take a look at this custom DIY Pendant Light and Custom Shade that Jess from East Coast Creative used in her kitchen! Or how about this unique DIY Cage Pendant Light made by Heather over at Whipperberry!
We decided that we wanted to keep the light fixture, but definitely wanted to try something different for the shades. Jacque decided that she wanted to use recycled ball jars in place of the existing glass shades. It didn’t take much convincing for me to jump on board. I loved the idea and thought that jars would make the kitchen really inviting. So, off we went to the Dutch Valley Antique Mall, where we had seen nice collections of jars and lids. For around $20, we had all the materials we needed!
We had all the pieces to the puzzle, but before we could put it together, we needed to modify the lid to accommodate for the light socket base. To do this, first, we took a hammer and broke apart the glass from the inner side of the lid. With the glass out of the way we marked the center of the lid and drilled a pilot hole through it. Next, we placed the tip of a step drill bit into the pilot hole and bored through the lid until we had created an opening that was large enough to pass the lamp socket through. Since we used an enclosed ball jar, we needed to come up with a way to allow the heat from the bulb to dissipate, so we marked and drilled small “vent” holes around the outer edge of the lid.
Next, we secured the light socket to the lid using the existing screw on collar from the original pendant shade. It screws onto the lamp socket housing and holds the lid tightly in place. To finish off the fixture, screw in light bulb into the socket and then screw the lid onto the ball jar base.
And after a total of about 20 minutes of work, here’s the end result!
Cool Jar Pendant Lights
This project proved to be an inexpensive success! With the addition of the ball jar pendant lights, our kitchen finally feels like home!
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