Mason Jar Chandelier

how to make a chandelier, mason jar, jar, upcycle, recycle, repurpose

 When I bought this lampshade for it’s shape
(and price!) while thrifting a while ago, I didn’t 
intend on using it for anything other than
a lampshade to recover.
 I have had this idea for a while that I wanted
to try making an outdoor chandelier for my patio 
and garden.  

 But I just had not found the right
base to use.  I thought about something 
square or round.  Using some sort of wreath,
but I wanted it to be safe for use with real
candles should I want to do so.  I will probably 
use the wick less candles while the kids are
little.   While cleaning looking at stuff
 around my work space, 
I  came across  the humble lampshade.  
Perfect base!

So, after removing the fabric and lining, 
I discovered that these little guys are well made.
Each end required a long soak in hot water to 
release the adhesive that had been used on the
top and bottom.  I gave it a good scrub with 
a Brillo pad, and gathered up my supplies.
Here is what I used:
-mid sized lampshade with all fabric removed
-six medium mason jars
-two packages of plant hanging chain
(includes the “s” hooks you will need)
-19 (or so) gauge wire 
-needle nose pliers with a wire snip at the base
-Extra lengths of glass beaded chain or 
the equivalent to use around the edges 
to make it pretty.
I began by attaching 12 links of chain to the top
of the lampshade in each of the three spots where
the metal pieces met.  (See picture below)
Next I wrapped the wire snugly around
the top of each jar under the lip, and attached
another 12 link length of chain to each side 
creating a hanger for each jar.
Using the metal jump rings that were already
part of the glass beaded chandelier chain
I looped each around the top of the 
lampshade, connecting the ends to each
metal rod around the top edge.
After that I used the “s” hooks that came
in the packages of hanging chain
to hang each of the mason jars evenly
around the bottom edge of the 
chandelier. The weight was distributed
evenly and here is a picture of my 
Mason Jar Chandelier.

We have a ways to go before the yard
is bursting with flowers since April 
has just begun.  But all of that rain will
pay off in a beautiful summer.

In the meantime, I think I may use 
this inside for now.  My little faded
lampshade, now a pretty chandelier.
 Happy thrifting, junking & creating this week
hugs & blessings 
xo, Tanya  

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  1. I've not picked up a lampshade at the thrift store before. But I probably will have to now. Lol. Very cute!

  2. So cute and very creative!

  3. Wow! I love the mason jar chandelier! Thanks for giving such a great step by step tutorial. Have a lovely day! ~ Jamie

  4. Very cute…I'm always looking for new uses for mason jars.

  5. this is super cool. Perfect outdoor chandelier. LOVE it

  6. This such a fun project! It would be so cute on my back porch! Thanks for inspiring me!


  7. LOVE!!

  8. Hi Tanya, saw this at the I Gotta Create link party. Just love it! Thanks for sharing!

  9. How beautiful! very charming.

  10. What a clever idea. I have a couple of old lamp shades in my barn. I just might have to give this idea a try.
    Thanks for sharing,
    @ Eclectic Red Barn

  11. I am in love with mason jar chandeliers and yours is beautiful!

  12. Really excellent post. I found you from the shabby creek cottage. It will look so pretty lit in the summertime.

  13. What a great idea! You're so creative!

  14. I absolutely love this!

    Brooke –

  15. That's such a cute project!

  16. OMG Tanya – that turned out incredible – what a gorgeous garden chandelier!
    I'm on overload this morning – trying to catch up – and when I see what everyone's been up to while I've been busy painting furniture – I'm just completely blown away!
    I LOVE THIS!!!!!!
    Have a great wknd,

  17. I love your chandy. Pinned to my dream board for future reference. Thanks for sharing your creativity! Blessings, Patti

  18. This would be so fun to have for summer evening hanging from a tree with candles. This turned out cute.
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  19. LOVE this ~ PINNED!! Thanks for the easy tutorial. I found you from Six Sisters Party =)

  20. Great use of your thrifty finds. Very Clever!

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  22. Wonderful job, Tanya! Love it!
    Have a wonderful week!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft

  23. Love it!

  24. What a neat idea Tanya! This chandelier could be decorated in so many ways. Wishing you a great week and thank you for stopping by.

  25. This is adorable! I would love for you to link up at SHOW-licious Craft Showcase.

    Just follow the link…..


  26. Love this! I am a new follower! Stop by and say hello! 🙂 have a great day!

  27. OH MY! this is beyond amazing, I simply love it!

    YOu h=just gave me huge inspiration to do the same, I have a lamp just like that and , like you, I drool over mason jars!THANKS!!

  28. Oh my goodness, you are amazing!! I love this. You are so creative. I love it! Just pinned. Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent this week. Have a wonderful weekend. 🙂

  29. What a great idea – I'm always collecting mason jars and now I know what I'm going to do with them!

  30. This is a great idea. I've got an old lampshade in the garage that will be perfect for this.

  31. I think you did a great job on this, how ingenious to use an old shade frame! I love how it turned out, and I have to pin so I remember I want to do something like this for our pool room. Fantastic!
    Debbie 🙂

  32. So the secret is soaking in hot water to get the goo off? Seriously I thought that stuff was eternal, on the shades I peeled fabric off. I gave up. I will try soaking.

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