Mason Jar Chandelier {SYTYC}

Hey Friends!

Remember the Mason Jar Chandelier I created for the first week of the So You Think You’re Crafty Competition: In the Kitchen…

What a challenge…so many possibilities!  My biggest challenge was narrowing down what I wanted to create.  I love my kitchen, but I did not love the chandelier in the dining area.  It was definitely time for a makeover!  So I decided to give my existing chandelier an update and create a Mason Jar Chandelier!

In the Kitchen Mason Jar Chandelier {3}

I started with a basic chandelier.  I was not in love with it and never have been.  When we remodeled our home, the lighting was one of the last things we purchased.  We happened to have this one on hand, so rather than spending any more money, we just hung it up.

before shot

Here’s the details…

First, I had my dear Hubby take it down.  Then I cleaned it off…I had no idea how much dust was hiding in there!  I covered the candlesticks with Press and Seal to keep them from being sprayed.

spray paint

Next, set the mason jar with lid attached inside the round arm of the chandelier with the view of the side of the jar you want to see facing outward.  {Actually, I did not do this, but should have.  I made a couple oops along the way…I was making the mistakes so you won’t have to!} Make a small mark on both the lid and chandelier base to indicate where they should line up.  Take the lid off of the jar and adhere into place lining up the marks. {I used E6000 Adhesive} This way your jar will face the way you want it to.  I did not do this and now I have all different views of my jars, when I really just want to see the Ball side.  Am I taking it apart and fixing it?  Um…NO!  I just strategically placed the chandelier so I look at the globes I like the best.

Then I sprayed the chandelier with cream spray paint.  I used Krylon dual primer and paint in ivory…My new favorite!  The coverage is amazing and no drips or streaks.

chalk paint on candlesticks {}

Next step was to paint the candlesticks.  I used some leftover chalkpaint I had used on a couple other projects in the same space.

Okay…Now the base is complete…Time to take the mason jars from ordinary canning jars to vintage turquoise!

I researched many ways of tinting mason jars, but none of them ended up working out with the exact look I was going for.  I wanted a color that would coordinate with the other turquoise items in my home and be a close match to the store bought 100 Year Anniversary Mason Jars I picked up at Target this Summer.

Here’s the Recipe that worked for me:

Mason jars before {}

Per Quart Jar, mix 2 Tbsp Mod Podge and 1-2 Tbsp water.  Add food coloring to create the color you like.  It will dry lighter than it goes on now.  Also, the more water added, the lighter the color on the jars will be.  I added 1 Tbsp, but wish I would have added a bit more water.

mason jar painting supplies {}

Pour into jar and swirl around until the inside is completely covered.

painting jars

Then turn the jars upside down and allow to dry thoroughly.  I set them on a cooling rack with wax paper underneath….FYI: Do not use good cooling racks you plan to use again with cookies.  I still cannot get some of the mod podge off!

Mason jars drying {}

When the jars have dried completely, bake up side down at 375 degrees for 10 -15 minutes, then turn right side up and bake another 30-40 minutes.  I found that the longer they baked, the more clear the color became.  I’m not sure I would bake much longer than this, though.  Ovens vary, so watch the jars and bake accordingly.

Mason jar baking {}

Remove jars and allow to cool.

painted jars


Comparison of store bought vs. painted Mason Jars {}

Twist into place and now you have a Perfectly Charming Chandelier!

Mason jar Chandelier {1}

It took a little tweaking and a bit of trial and error to make it all work together, but Oh How I Love It Now!  It adds just the amount of added color and charm this space was lacking!

What have you made over lately?

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    Oh my goodness! This is a great idea to replace that nappy, stained glass “fruit” fixture I’ve got over my kitchen table. You did a great job explaining your process too.

    Thanks for the inspiration.
    Ashley @ 3littlegreenwoods

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      onekriegerchick says

      Thanks…You really should try it! It was so much simpler than I anticipated. Love to see photos of what you come up with!

      Happy Day!

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      onekriegerchick says

      Oh they would be perfect in a bathroom! I’ve been wanting to make some for my craft room too. Love to see what you do! :)

      Happy Day!

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      onekriegerchick says

      I was worried about that too. The bulbs are a low watt (25), so they haven’t gotten that hot. I also drilled a small hole in the base holding each jar which allows the heat to escape. So far, so good!

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    Sandra says

    This is exactly what I’ve been looking & looking for to with my chandelier. Thank you so much. I knew when I saw it that would be it!!

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      onekriegerchick says

      Oh, I’m so excited! It really was fairly easy to make. I would love to see a photo of yours!

      Hope you have a creative week!

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    Robin says

    Now that yours has been up for a couple of years, how are the jars holding up? I’m wondering how tough it would be to drill a couple of vent holes in the glass?

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      onekriegerchick says

      The jars held up perfectly! We did add vent holes in the bottom of the chandelier connection, which helped to allow the heat to escape when the lights were on. We also only used low watt chandelier light bulbs. Hope this helps!

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