October 8, 2011

Stuff I Made: Mason Jar Bathroom Light Fixture

I'm making a conscious effort to spend less money on my "crafts" because all those trips to Jo-Ann's, Michaels, and the local fabric stores can really add up, which defeats the whole purpose of trying to do something on your own. (Except for the self-satisfaction part, which let's admit is pretty much priceless.) This little project is evidence of my renewed thrifty efforts because I spent exactly $0.


For a long time, I've fretted that our upstairs bathroom light fixture was too hokey. It was the tulip-shaped sconces that did it for me. Turns out, though, that they're pretty ubiquitous because that's about all I could find at hardware stores when I was looking to replace them. But then I thought about trying mason jars as sconces. We have a ton of them in our laundry room, but none worked exactly, size-wise, so that I'd be able to screw them into these fixtures.


In the end I chose the widest-mouth mason jars we had and slipped them over the bases that the light bulbs are screwed into. I held them in place by unscrewing each screw as far as it would go, after I put the mason jar on it. This took a little bit of maneuvering and tippy-toe standing, but it worked. They're not going anywhere. That is, until I need to change a bulb, and then I'll just have to do some more maneuvering. Hope you like!


3 comments:

  1. Did you say, "Hope you like it"? HELLO!?! I LOVE them! Brilliant!

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  2. gorgeous - this is such a great idea...love it!

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  3. If you used the jars for the Mason Jar and removed center piece and adjusted the lid so
    that they would be held by the light fixture screws, could you attach the jars to the covers
    then for an easier application. . . ???
    still a need idea

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