Make a Mason Jar Chandelier from Barn Wood
Here is my first “How to Video” on Youtube
We are going to make a Mason Jar Chandelier from Reclaimed Barn Board. I have linked some of the tools and materials to Amazon. Others are easy to find at your big box stores.
- Barn Board
- Light Pendants
- Scrap wood to make a frame (I used a 1×6 that I ripped to 1 inch widths)
- 1 5/8 drywall screws
- Glue – I use Titebond III in my Glu-bot
- Wire Nuts
- Electrical Tape
- Light Bulbs
- Mason Jars with Lids
First thing I did was unpack the Mason Jars
I then took off the lids and cut a hole in the top so I could put the light pendant in them. I made a 1 5/8 inch hole with a hole saw I bought from the big box store. I used my drill press to do this. Watching the video you can see this was not the best way to do this. I have seen people make a bunch of holes to create a circle and cut out. What ever you do, please be careful and wear eye protection.
Once the holes were cut. I files them to make sure there were not any rough edges.
I did not like the look the of silver tops so I spray painted them black.
Next I took the barn board that was to be the top and made sure that my mason jars would fit. The board was about 18×10.
Next I started the frame for the box. I wanted this to be strong and the board board more of a wrapping. I ripped some 1x6s into 1 inch widths and used them to build the frame.
I built this on the fly and marked and cut the wood to fit. Believe it or not, it was almost square.
Next I measured and cut the sides. I made sure the sides were about 1/2 inch higher than the top. I used just a plain butt joint. I burned the ends of the wood for a more rustic look.
Next I measured and drilled the holes for the lights. The lights I bought on Amazon. A double pack was about $15.
I then put the lights through the wood, making sure that they were all the same length. I tied the wire so they would not slip. Next I wired up the lights. I am not going to go into detail here as I am not an electrician. White wires to white wires, Blacks to black wires and made a lead for the electrical box. There are different ways to do this.
Putting the hardware was the next step, make sure to put the lid stopper on first. I did this on all 6 lights and tested them.
To mount the light, I used parts from a different light and bought a 6 inch spindle from the store. The light even with the mason jars is pretty light. The box is strong enough for a ceiling fan, so if I need to I can switch it up later. Basically there is a mount on the box where a 1/2 inch spindle goes through. You can see this in the middle of the box. There is a nut with a big washer holding it to the ceiling.
And once connected to the power source, we have light!
This was a lot of fun to make and did not take that long.
If you have any questions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org