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Glass Mason Jar Pendant Lights

Stain common mason canning jars to make high-style pendant lighting for your home.

mason jar style pendant lights easy to make with these plans

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

Few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Drill with 1/8-in bit and 1-in hole saw bit
  • Foam brush
  • Wiping cloth
  • Clamps
  • Scrap wood
  • Nail
  • Hammer


  • Box wide-mouth quart jars, #113011
  • Minwax stain (we used Tender Green, Mandarin Orange, and Mustard), #164686
  • 2-light nickel mini pendant light fixtures, #225510
  • 2-pack 25-watt incandescent lightbulbs, #76563

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Step 1

Unscrew the canning jar lid. Remove the lid insert from the collar.

Step 2

Tap a nail into the lid insert

Tap a small hole into the center of the lid insert with a nail.

Step 3

Drill a 1-in hole in the lid insert

Clamp the insert to scrap wood and drill a 1-in hole, using the hole you just punched as a starting point.

Step 4

Jar lid with drilled holes

For ventilation, drill eight to ten 1/8-in holes around this center hole.

Step 5

Stain the glass jar with a foam brush

Apply a thick layer of stain to the canning jar with a foam brush; let sit for 15 seconds.

Step 6

Remove stain with a wiping cloth

Remove most of the stain with a wiping cloth and let dry. If you don't like the look, wipe the stain off completely and try again.

Step 7

completed glass jar pendant lights

Unscrew the ring from the threaded bulb socket in the pendant light fixture, then slide on the collar and lid insert. Screw the ring back on and attach the jar. Repeat each step to make a second pendant.

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