My 3 Monsters: {Couldn't Be Easier} Mason Jar Lamp Makeover

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{Couldn't Be Easier} Mason Jar Lamp Makeover

I showed you this little, funky lamp makeover in my powder room last week, but I wanted to share with you just how easy it was.  I've seen a billion mason jar chandeliers and light fixtures on Pinterest, and maybe you have, too.  So much so that someone created this version of the popular {and hilarious} Hey Girl meme:

I'm not really opposed to bandwagon-crafting, but it always seemed like they would be hard to make or require special tools or something.  To be honest, I only ever looked at the pictures and didn't read the tutorials.  Maybe if I had done that I wouldn't have been so leery of them.  Here's what you need:

{I hope I'm not confusing you with my super technical vocabulary. ☺} I had a few vintage zinc canning lids left over from the soap dispensers I made at Christmas so I used those for my lamp.  You could probably use any canning lids you have handy -- in fact, I think it would look cute to spray paint the standard aluminum lids a bright fun color.  You want to start by making a hole in the top of the lid big enough to fit over the bulb housing on your lamp.  I made a hole in the center with a nail and then used my needle nose pliers to pull back the metal and open it up wide enough.  Use a hammer to flatten the pulled back metal on the inside of the lid a little bit.
Obviously it doesn't have to be perfect.  Just make sure that you can't see any rough edges when it is in position on your light fixture.  Next, you attach the mason jar lid to the light fixture using the flange thingy that held on the glass shade that originally came with the fixture.  This is what I'm talking about:
You just put the lid up over the bulb housing and screw the flange thingy onto the threaded part of the bulb housing.  Tighten it up so it keeps the canning lid in place, like so:
At this point you want to screw in the candelabra bulb, if you haven't already, and then screw the mason jar up into the lid.  Easy cheesy!
I don't know if I'd go so far as to say it looks like a million bucks, but it is quirky and fun.  It's a really inexpensive way to add some interest to a builder's grade light fixture.

Have a great day!


  1. Cool project...thanks for the Hey Girl pic's they always make me smile... even though I'm old enough to be his mother.......….I'd like to invite you to share this @CountryMommaCooks Saturday Link and Greet Party(now-Sunday)…..have a wonderful weekend:)

  2. Very fun and creative idea! Something about mason jars that no matter what you use them for it always looks amazing! And all the creativity this one jar can spark... LOVE yours!! Just oh so cool:P

  3. I love it! Anything on the cheap and vintage is right up my ally...! Great job!! :)
    xox, Crystelle


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