DIY Jar Lamps

Classic old canning jars are beautiful to look at but can get in the way if they're just sitting on a counter. By converting the jar into a lamp, you can still admire it while giving it a practical function. You don't have to go out and buy fancy drilling tools, since the parts are now available to make your own lamp with just a jar. A homemade jar lamp would make a thoughtful Christmas gift.

Fill your jar with items that will weight the lamp and make it stable while it is in use. Ideas for filling materials include layers of coloured sand, seashells, marbles, dry noodles, ball bearings, rocks, beads or anything else that will look intriguing inside the glass jar.

Screw the lamp kit base onto the top of your jar. These kits are made with the wiring coming out of the base of the socket, so you don't have to worry about drilling a hole into the glass and ruining the jar. Hand-tighten the base.

Insert a light bulb with the appropriate wattage into the lamp kit socket. The kit lists the amount of wattage that the socket can hold. You can try different-coloured bulbs for a unique effect or a low-wattage bulb for use as a night light.

Place the lampshade on top by pressing the wire supports over the light bulb until it snaps in place. Straighten it to be perpendicular with the jar. Plug in the lamp to test it. Place the jar lamp in a safe place out of the reach of small children.

Things You'll Need

  • Drill-free lamp kit
  • Canning jar with standard opening
  • Items to fill jar for weight
  • Lampshade
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Maryland resident Heide Braley is a professional writer who contributes to a variety of websites. She has focused more than 10 years of research on botanical and garden articles and was awarded a membership to the Society of Professional Journalists. Braley has studied at Pennsylvania State University and Villanova University.