Mason Jar Chandelier

Recently, I have been giving my first floor lighting a makeover.  Last week I showed you my cage shades and wire basket pendant.  This week, I will show you my Mason Jar Chandy!  But first, let’s review my inspiration…
Anthropologie had these mason jar lights in one of their stores two years ago.  (Found via apartment therapy.)
Design Sponge gave us a tutorial on how to make these lights back in 2008.
Pottery Barn currently sells their Exeter Pendant made of canning jars for $129.
And I really liked these numbered jars from Pottery Barn.

So here was my 1st floor chandy before.  I know you hate it, but it was the very first chandelier I ever purchased and it’s sentimental to me.  
No harsh words please.  (I got your back chandy even if you do look a bit dated….)
And here is the after!

This is so easy that you’ll be wondering why you hadn’t thought of it before!  So here is the “how to”:  Buy a box of mason jars (if you don’t have enough sitting in your kitchen cabinet ).  I bought mine at Walmart for around $7.  I used the pint sized jars.  Simply remove the lids and pop out the tops so your jars are open and can fit on your candles.
If you are a lucky owner of some type of vinyl machine, go ahead and rub those babies on.  I am not said lucky individual, so I used more primitive methods.  I printed out the numbers on cardstock using Engravers MT font sized at 350 and cut out all of the number.

Then, I held the numbers in place on the jar and traced around them using a dry erase marker.  
Next, I filled in the numbers using black craft paint.  I used a cloth to carefully wipe away the marker outline.
Once you’re happy with your numbers, simply place them on your chandy and admire how cute it looks!  I didn’t bother adhering the jars onto the chandy.  If they are bumped, they don’t fall off easily so I think they’ll be safe.
And here it is all lit up. I might go back and spray paint the lids to match my chandy, but for now I kind of like the two tones.

Let me know what you think!
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  1. janet says

    Love the transformation! I happen to be looking at my punched tin chandy as I type and I am smiling ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Just maybe………………….

    Janet xox
    The Empty Nest

  2. Jenglamgirl says

    WOW BRILLIANT! love what you did, better then pottary barn. I so want to make those PB jars and scratch off some of the paint… Love it! Jenn

  3. app1esnbananas says

    WOW–that is SO amazing Beth!! I'm so excited to see how easy it is to make something so cool to put in the dining room. LOVE IT!! I'm so inspired!

  4. michelle says

    LOVE IT! What a cute idea! I'm looking into buying a chandy off of Craigslist right now for $15. I might just do the same thing to it!

  5. Beth@The Stories of A to Z says

    Yes, the glass does get hot, so I wouldn't put any fabric over the jars. My chandy doesn't have a dimmer on it and I used 100wt bulbs which is a bit overkill. I can't vouch for whether or not this is a fire hazard so please make at your own risk!

  6. TheCraftInMe says

    Wow, looks so great! And what an awesome job with the paint, I would have thought it was vinyl.

  7. this blessed nest says

    you are on the inspirational band! all of your light fixtures are amazing. this is so good. you must have one steady hand to paint those jars. i just tried to paint something the other day – it was a NO GO! but of course i had several cups of coffee in me too. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. Marianne@Songbird says

    Wow, you are on a roll, aren't you. Yet another lamp makeover. I love your interpretation of the mason jar chandy. There is a popular milk bottle chandy in these parts, if I come across it I will take a picture for you.

  9. Ashley O says

    Beth!!! I love it!!! I've been wanting to do something fun with mason jars in my backyard. Now…… I am thinking it would be really cute to do my address on them and put them in the front yard! Thanks for the inspiration!!

  10. mustard seeds says

    I love the look of it, bit I do believe that is a fire hazard. I would take those jars and have holes drilled in the bottoms for venting out the heat at a glass shop.

  11. Pamela @ Atmosphere ID says

    What a great way to incorporate a current trend that you love into your own home without spending a ton of money on it.

  12. Jenn @ WestSacHoney says

    Beth! All your projects amaze me woman! You have such great ideas and they come out so beautifully! I want to decorate my whole house but I have to hit pause because the bf doesn't like the same things as I do. So I live through you!

  13. Janie aka Jane, Juana says

    If you are a scrapbooker and have a "Cricut" die cutting machine, you can cut the #'s out of vinyl and attach. I wonder if they would stick if heated up? Something to think about, if you have the machine :)

  14. One Cheap B*tch says

    Gorgeous!!!!! And I scrolled down through the photos and missed your text before the one you made and I actually thought your photo was from a PB catalog! It's that good Beth!


  15. Lorie says

    PS – I will be featuring this post twice tomorrow! First for the glass jar pennants and second for your chandelier!!!

  16. stephaniegiese says

    This is amazing! I could totally see paying big bucks for this over that weird-looking cluster thing Pottery Barn is selling. I can't believe you did this so inexpensively! It looks brand new AND like you paid a good $500 for it.
    You might want to consider having the holes drilled as someone else suggested because you wouldn't want the jars to explode or a fire to break out.
    Anyway, I heart it!

  17. Gal Fryday says

    I am a little obsessed with mason jars, particularly the blue ones – a little weird? Maybe, but look what you can do with them! Just beautiful, Beth.

  18. Real Life Reslers says

    I *must* figure out a way to work the word chandy into casual conversation! And I love what you did! I wonder if it would work on my *chandy*.

  19. michelle@somedaycrafts says

    Amazing! I love all the things I am seeing with mason jars recently. This is so beautiful!

  20. Country Dreaming says

    Really cute. I lke the way you combined everything into your chandy.
    Great job.


    Ps–Pooped over from Just a Girl

  21. InMyOwnStyle says

    Hi Beth-
    Very clever and I love the fact that you did the numbers the old fashioned way – looks just as good as vinyl. This is definitely one of those projects that has you saying to yourself, now why didn't I think of that. Great project and tutorial!
    My best – Diane

  22. Michelle says

    LOVE it! I've been wondering what to do in my entry hall and this may be it. Of course, my *chandy* hangs down so I would have to affix those jars. I must try and find the rest of your lighting ideas because I have a horribly ugly light bar in my bathroom I hate, and an even worse track light in my kitchen that NEEDS to go!

  23. Sassy Scrapin' says

    Ok this is one of the cutest adorable things I have ever seen! Thanks for sharing! Now to go find a cute chandy base:-)

  24. Karen says

    Just came across this….Great job!!! I have been coveting the milk bottle chandelier from PB…I will be using this idea for sure!!!

  25. Hi, I'm Suz!! says

    Beth – I LOVE this!! I love all things mason jar…. so this is perfect!! I posted this project on my blog (

    Come visit me!! I love your site!!!

    Have a GREAT Saturday!!

    Hugs ~~ Suz

  26. Kim @ seven thirty three says

    I came across this when looking at some ideas for my the mason jars in my kitchen and fell in love! I am currently hosting a knock off contest and would love to have you enter this (or another one of your knock-offs)! The contest entry period ends tomorrow.

  27. says

    Thank-you for your Chandy post… Too cute! I will never look at a mason jar the same way…no more jams for those jars, no siree!
    I too love changing light fixtures, or put chandy’s in unexpected places… Causing my husbands eyebrows to disappear into his hair line… Chuckles…

  28. Anna Ibarra says

    I love this look, I love mason jars or jelly jars, etc I have them as my candy, popcorn,etc, jars at this moment.

    I have been wanting to do a shabby chic chandilier for my dinning area. It’s so great. You should be so proud of yourself and thanks for sharing and being inspirational to us.

  29. Tina says

    You stated in your directions to just pop the top off. How are the jars secured on the fixture so they don’t slide around or fall off? I am at the point to place my jars but all the directions I have come across states to cut a hole in the top to help hold it.

    • Beth says

      Hi Tina, I simply removed the inner canning lid and kept the outer lid intact and place the jar over the fixture. I’m sure all fixtures are going to differ in sizes. My jars don’t slide around at all and sit securely over each light. I had to use smaller lightbulbs so that they would fit.

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