Holiday House 2013

Make a Holiday-Inspired Mason Jar Chandelier

Designer Dan Faires adds rustic ambiance to an outdoor space during the holidays with do-it-yourself lighting made from Mason jars and lush tree trimmings.

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Materials Needed:

  • two pieces of 36-inch-long scrap wood
  • two pieces of 24-inch-long scrap wood
  • drill
  • 3/8" bit
  • 1/2" paddle bit
  • 3/8" sisal rope
  • battery-operated tea lights or votive candles
  • 10 Mason jars in various sizes
  • pack of C-hooks
  • galvanized wire
  • measuring tape
  • handsaw
  • utility knife
  • tree trimmings
  • heavy-duty eye hook

Lay Out Frame

Lay two 36-inch and two 24-inch pieces of scrap wood out on a flat, level surface in the shape of a rectangle.

Drill Holes in Frame

Create chandelier frame by fastening scrap wood pieces together in a perfect rectangle. Using drill and 3/8-inch drill bit, add large holes into each of the four corners of the frame. Note: The frame will be held together by sisal rope which will thread through each of the holes, then attach to the ceiling.

Cut Sisal Rope

Based on the intended hanging height of the chandelier, cut sisal rope to size using a utility knife. Tip: When hanging the chandelier above a table surface, keep in mind that designers suggest a range between 30-32 inches from the bottom of the hanging fixture to the top of the table for spaces with 8-foot ceilings. For spaces with ceilings higher than 8 feet, add an additional inch of fixture-hanging height for every additional foot of ceiling height.

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