Glass jars are perfect for DIY lighting projects of either the electric or candle variety. Whether clear, frosted, tinted or painted they’re an inexpensive way to add a decorative or festive touch when entertaining or for the holidays. Here are our favorite DIY projects none of which involve an electrician!
Adding a purchased lamp kit turns your jars into one of a kind pendants. You’ll need to punch a hole in the lid to fit the socket and the rest is easy. Use a hook to hang from the cord.
Use a large glass jar for a lamp base along with a purchased lamp kit. Add a store-bought or home-made shade. Or leave the bulb bare for an industrial look.
A tea light placed in the bottom of jars of different size makes a beautiful display for table or in your fireplace. Use battery powered/rechargeable candles if you’re worried about the kids.
You’ll need a vase cap, wick and wick holder to transform your jar into an oil lamp. Add decorative picks (non-flammable…) or use colored oil in the jar.
I love the look of paper luminaries but they always tip over in the wind so glass jars are a sturdier alternative. Fill with sand to hold the candles or use a votive or candle holder. Add a hanger if you prefer to hang these outdoors.
Stuff Christmas lights in canning jars placed in a canning rack then hang outside on the patio or porch. No canning rack? Hang the jars (you’ll need to make some wire hangers) on a cord then run the lights on the cord and into the jars.
Fill your jar with water, herbs, berries, greens or flowers then float a candle on the top. Looks beautiful alone or in multiples.
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