I was recently invited to compete in the Mason Jar craft challenge. This was a little difficult, seeing there are so many unique and creative ideas out there using Mason Jars. I came up with a few ideas, googled them, and they had already been done. But, I’m pretty excited about my Monogram Light and believe it truly is an original idea. I came up with this Monogram Light using canning jars as the bulb covers.
I originally designed this light to use outside on our back patio, to enjoy on warm California evenings. But, now that it is finished, I kind of love the modern touch the plywood and white adds to the interior of my house. It a playful accent in our 1920’s bungalow.
2ft square piece of 1/2″ plywood
11 quilted canning jars and rims (you may need more or less depending on your letter)
1/2 wood screws
blue painters tape
power drill with a 3/4″ bit
1 string of outdoor lights
1 nail and hammer
It looks more complicated then it really is. Once I had the right supplies, it didn’t take me long to make. Start by taping off your monogram, mine is an M. Then paint it white.
Lay out the jar rims on your monogram and trace the center of each, so you can remember where to place them. Then, using a good sized nail and hammer, punch 2 holes in the center of the jar rim. This will make it much easier for you to put in the screws.Then, using a 3/4″ bit, drill out the center of each marked circle. Lastly, using the 1/2″ screws, secure the rims to the board.
Insert the light socket in the holes and then screw in the light bulbs. Screw down a jar over each light bulb. Plug it in and you are done!