If you think DIY lighting is difficult, think again! Making your own jar chandelier is an easy weekend project that will leave you feeling like a DIY diva.
What you will need to make your jar chandelier
- Drill with 25mm bit
- Safety gloves (or gardening gloves)
- 5 x old Consol jars with screw-on lids
- 5 x light fittings
- 5m of 8mm electrical cord
- Old piece of wood
- 8mm drill bit
How to make your jar chandelier
- Use a 25mm wood drill bit to make a hole in the centre of each lid. This hole should be big enough for the electrical light fitting to fit securely. Use a smaller drill bit to make smaller holes around the centre holes. These small holes are essential for hot air to escape once the lights are switched on.
- Attach the light fittings to each lid, taking care to tighten them properly.
- Cut the electrical cord into five equal pieces and then attach them to the light fittings.
- Cut a circular shape with a diameter of ±40cm from any type of wood. Position the jars in the way you want them to hang from the wood and mark the places with a pencil.
- Drill through the wood on each mark, using an 8mm drill bit. Pull an electrical cable through each hole and adjust it to the desired height. Keep each cord in place with a well-placed bent nail or two.
- Connect the wires so that all the blue wires form one connection and the brown wires form another.
- Attach these wires to the electrical connection in your roof. Secure the light fitting to the wooden beam in your ceiling with well-placed screws.
Of course, you can hang your jar chandelier anywhere you like, but our favourite place to display this DIY lighting masterpiece is in the kitchen. And if you think having a chandelier in the kitchen is a bit strange, think again! They’re a huge trend right now, so you’ll actually just be ahead of the curve.
We’ve also got more DIY lighting inspiration if you’re feeling inspired to get your craft on.
Extract taken from Vintage Remakes by Carla Visser, Metz Press