We have had many weekend projects lately, but this one was really fun and easy. I had seen some mason jar lights when we were in Portland, and I was inspired to make my own for my studio. I was going to use wide mouth quart jars so they would fit larger lights, but I couldn't find them, they were sold out. I decided to go to my favorite thrift store, where I had seen lots and lots of vintage jars. We went, and I found these really unique vintage blue glass jars. I have never seen any jars with a shape like this, and trust me, I've seen a lot of jars. We also found some really amazing clear vintage jars, but the shape of the blue ones really struck me. And for 2.50 apiece it was practically a crime how inexpensive they were.
We then had to find bulbs that would be skinny enough to fit. I found some bulbs meant for display cases, and they were the perfect shape. We used the light bases from ikea that were up before, which have an attachment to rest shades. Tyler cut a hole in a lid with a screwdriver and a hammer, and we slipped those over and then just screwed the jars in. It was really so simple.
I love the light, it really works great, and isn't really blue, as I thought it might be. The vintage glass with its bubbles and imperfections create beautiful light streaks on my new white walls.
*update: I was searching online, and these jars seem to be made before 1910. wow. I might have to go back and pick up that one other jar that I didn't get.