Published on February 17th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Southern Charm Mason Jar Chandelier

Materials: Kroken-ceiling mounted utensil rack, Hemma-black cord set, Mason Jars

We hand-crafted this chandelier comprised of twelve (12) wide mouth Mason jars lit from within by compact fluorescent bulbs. The design is a reflection of old-school Southern hospitality repositioned in a contemporary artistic framework.

We began by drilling holes into the tops of each jar. Using the largest bit we had we drove it through the center of the lid. Next we used pliers to widen the hole to accommodate for the Ikea lighting fixture.

The lighting fixture has a detachable ring which is used for holding the lighting fixture to a lamp shade (or in this case the mason jar). We screwed the lighting fixture into the hole we drilled and widened, the screwed the ring on the opposite side of the lid to hold it in place.

After we had assembled our twelve jars we began attaching them to the Ikea utensil rack. We hung the rack from our ceiling, measured the distance we wanted from the bottle to the rack, and then used zip ties to secure the bottles and cords in place. All of the cables are bundled together by using zip ties as well.

Once all of the jars were placed we began hardwiring all of the lights together. This includes stripping the wires down and using small plastic caps to connect to existing wiring in the ceiling. Once all of the wiring is done (if you’re not good with electrical stuff you may want to contact a professional to hang it), the four corner chains of the utensil rack can connect to a hook placed in the ceiling. Make sure that you purchase a hook that will hold the weight of the chandelier!

Ta-da! You have your very own mason jar chandelier!

See more of the mason jar chandelier.

~ Laura and David, Georgia

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26 Responses to Southern Charm Mason Jar Chandelier

  1. fae says:

    They don’t sell the rack anymore :( back to the driftwood idea I guess

  2. Tami says:

    Don’t you think too much heat will build up without ventilation?

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  4. Christina LaBrasseur says:

    I am making this right now, I just bought all the supplies. I love love it…. how has it held up so far? Does it put out enough light to go over a dinner table?

  5. corner curio cabinet says:

    This would be good for jars that have little nicks in the top that prevent them from sealing anymore when canning!

  6. Unknown says:

    Wind may be an issue outside

  7. Anonymous says:

    This is so PERFECT for our kitchen!! This is part of my Southern heritage that I can bring to my Baltimore home! I cannot wait to show my husband!

  8. Anonymous says:

    This is an amazing ikea hack. You did not add it into the description, but I was wondering, how did you get all of the individual cord sets together? Did you have to hardwire each one, connect them all together and then attach it to the electrical box in the ceiling? Thanks!

  9. So good. Got redirected here from another post on ikeahacks and I absolutely love what you’ve done…really clever, really effective and dare I say achievable?

  10. Anonymous says:

    Totally funky and amazing!! Are the mason jars from Ikea too? x

  11. Anonymous says:

    Some of the jars look “frosted” – how did you do that? Great idea!

  12. I love this idea! I would love to try this with blue mason jars, blue and green wine bottles, or even Perrier bottles.

  13. JessieMomma says:

    Very funky, super fun fixture. I’m going to have to try something similar in my home! We don’t have an IKEA anywhere near my home, unfortunately, I’ll have to see what I can come up with.

  14. this is amazing! Very creative and funky. Love it!

  15. Laura says:

    Thanks for the kind words! We’ve had the chandelier up for about two weeks and heat has not yet been an issue. We used compact fluorescent bulbs which cuts down on energy use and possibly heat too.The lids are not completely sealed because of the hole put in the top for the light fixture. So far it’s been great!

  16. Anonymous says:

    Any worries about too much heat building up inside the ‘sealed’ jars?

  17. Anonymous says:

    super Idee! und die Gläser können bei Bedarf in die Spülmaschine!

  18. gretchen says:

    do love this – for inside or out ~

  19. Jamie says:

    This would be good for jars that have little nicks in the top that prevent them from sealing anymore when canning!

  20. Condo Blues says:

    I love this idea! I made one lighting fixture for my house. Now I’m hooked on interesting handmade light fixtures.

  21. Sing says:

    Wow this is great!

  22. j + m says:

    This is great! I have about a bazillion mason jars, so perhaps this project is in my near future…thanks for sharing!

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