A really quick and easy project with the wife---mason jar lamp

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Project by morath posted 02-02-2017 08:48 PM 1012 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The wife was looking for a few weeks for a small lamp to put on her new nightstand. She wasn’t having any luck. One day she mentioned that she was going to paint some mason jars to put on her vanity for brushes and other things when I had an idea. Enter the mason jar lamp.

I cut a scrap of 1×5 pine to a 4.5×4.5 square, drilled a 1 inch hole for a lamp kit from home depot, ran a Roman ogee around the edge, and routed a shallow dado on the underside and going out the back for the cord. She poured some left over house paint from the living room into the jar, swirled it around and left it upside down to dry for two days. The wood just got two coats of the same pure white enamel as the nightstand and vanity.

After everything was dry she placed the jar with lid how she wanted it facing. I held the lid while she unscrewed the jar. A quick bead of hot glue on the inside of the lid and some felt pads on the bottom and you’re done. We put in the lowest wattage led bulb we could find locally to try to cut down on any heat issue.

Thanks for looking,


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Ron Aylor

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#1 posted 02-02-2017 08:54 PM

Cool … looks like candlelight!

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#2 posted 02-02-2017 11:39 PM

Pretty nice looking lamp! It’s nice when projects are quick and easy sometimes!

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#3 posted 02-03-2017 02:33 AM

Nice, the tip on how you got the paint inside is great.

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#4 posted 02-03-2017 02:11 PM

Looks nice! If you’re using standard light bulb and the heat is a bit too much, you can get those “curly-cue” pigtail bulbs (CFL’s) in pretty low wattages…

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#5 posted 02-03-2017 09:52 PM

Even a 25 watt incandescent light bulb will eventually get too hot. CFLs get hot too. The best solution would be an LED bulb.

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#6 posted 02-03-2017 11:10 PM

The bulb used is a 1.5 watt LED. After half an hour of use everything is still cool to the touch. The lamp’s purpose is not to light up the room, but rather to give some ambient light while using a tablet for reading in bed.

Thanks for the comments.


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