Mason Jar Saw Light




This is an instructable for a recycled light using various used objects. Remember do this at your own risk and I am not responsible for anything you do when playing with electricity. Please follow all local state and federal laws when making this light.
Materials needed:
-Mason jars with lids(I used 4 with one piece lids but you can use as many as you want and 2 piece lids will also work).
-Saw blade or some other round object such as a pan.
-chain(I had some laying around so I used that).
-Medium base keyless socket
-8 1/8 inch cord grip/strain relief (referred to as a stopper in the instructable)
-Wire(I would recommend rayon wire as it has a vintage look but regular lamp wire will work)
-4 bulbs( has a lot of vintage lights. I used an antique radio style bulb but any light will work. Just don't use anything over 25 watts or you risk breaking the jar from the heat and if using LEDs make sure they are rated for enclosed fixtures)

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Step 1: Drill Holes

Drill one hole in the center of the lid for the the nipple and smaller holes around it to let heat and condensation escape. Also drill4 holes in the blade where you want your lamps to hang from and if you don't have access to a welder drill holes to bolt on the chain.

Step 2: Chain

Cut 4 lengths of chain to desired length and either bolt or weld them to the blade. I used 15 links and I think it sits at a nice height. To attach the chain together at the top I used an old carabineer that was made to hold weight not some dollar store one for a water bottle. Then I wire brushed it to get all the loose rust off and sprayed a clear coat on it to prevent more rust.

Step 3: Wiring

Next wire the sockets with desired length of wire so it goes past the top of the chain. Make sure the outside of the socket is wired to the white wire if hard wired or the larger prong on a plug. I used a continuity tester to determine this. With the wires connected to the socket attach the stopper through the lid and tighten to the socket.

Step 4: Hang Lights

Hang the lights at your desired height then tighten the stopper at the top and weave the wire through the chain.

Step 5: Hang

Hang at your desired location and wire according to local laws. Enjoy your new light.

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    9 Discussions


    2 years ago

    not sure if my comment was posted, your Hanging Lamp is so delightful and creative !! i loved it myself, thanks for sharing


    3 years ago

    I was so excited to see this 'ible - finally lights from old mason jars - but how did you deal with the white glass that is inside of those old lids? Did you see the lamp making classes now on Instructables? Fantastic.

    2 replies

    Reply 3 years ago

    Thank you ninzerbean, I broke it out when I was drilling the large hole by screwing the lid onto a jar and drilling through the metal and then taking a punch to break the glass down into the jar to keep it contained.


    3 years ago

    Thank you. It was a fun project to build and I will male sure I enter it in the contest.


    3 years ago

    Congratulations on your first Instructable!


    3 years ago

    Love this! Great use of the saw blade!

    Great looking lighting project. You should definitely enter it in the Lamps and Lighting contest.