Things You'll Need
- Mason jar
- Lamp kit
- Light bulb
- Lamp shade
- Decorative items (optional)
Mason jars serve many uses beyond canning. They can be used as drinking glasses and storage for leftovers or odds and ends such as buttons. They can even be turned into lamps. Lamp cord kits make the process easy—they combine the socket, lid and cord so that you don't have to drill a hole into the bottom of the jar to accommodate the cord and plug. You can leave the jar plain or customize the look by filling it with your favorite decorative country items to create lamps that match your decor perfectly.
Fill a clean, dry Mason jar with decorative items, such as sand, buttons or vintage thread spools. If you wish, you can also leave the jar empty.
Screw the threaded lid of the lamp kit onto the lip of the jar.
Screw a light bulb into the socket.
Place a lamp shade over the bulb.
Plug the cord into an outlet and push the toggle at the socket base to use the lamp.
Some lamp kits have a wheel on the cord instead of a toggle at the socket base to turn the light on and off.
Chrissie Reinhart has written for various websites including eHow and "Notafied Magazine." She is a full-time real estate investor and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Calvin College.