Make mason jar outdoor lamps

Although you use mason jars - or pickling jars - to make these gorgeous outdoor pendant lamps, you can also use empty glass jars that you would normally throw away. With summer around the corner, this is a quick and easy way to add style and soft lighting to your patio or deck.






Use a hammer and a wire nail - or a drill/driver and 5mm HSS bit - to create a circle in the lid that is the same size as the lamp fitting you will be adding. The holes will make it easier to punch out a circle in the lid, and you can easily clean up any rough edges with a file.

Fit the lamp holder into the hole you have made in the lid. You want a tight fit and it's also a good idea to apply a bead of silicone sealer around the inside and outside of the lampholder for a watertight seal.

Use Rust-Oleum Universal spray paint in a metallic aged copper on the lid and top of the lampholder. Most lampholders are plastic and are easy to spray.

If you don't have an existing light fitting, make the cord long enough to be strung from the ceiling and extend to the nearest plug point.