So since my husband and I are clearly on a DIY chandelier kick after making our foyer chandelier…we figured we’d go for another one!
For a while now, my husband and I have been wanting to replace our standard dining room chandelier with something that wasn’t as traditional. We searched at stores and everything was either a “cookie cutter” design or was super expensive. So…we took to the internets—Pinterest that is. I found this photo and knew we had to try to replicate it!
(Problem was, I couldn’t find the source…so there was no tutorial or instructions. Lucky for us, my husband is super handy and likes to take on challenges like this. Phew!)
Although I don’t have a full tutorial for you (it’s pretty complicated, especially when it comes to the wiring), I can tell you the stuff you’ll need to make it. Keep in mind, the amount of mason jars/bulbs/sockets will vary as you can do as many or as few lights as you want.
-wood for the platform box (and screws to assemble it)
-preassembled pendant light sockets (meaning the cords come attached…these were purchased online as they are not available at home improvement stores)
-light bulbs (you can get classic “original filament” bulbs, but those will cost you around $9 a piece, which can really add up. Instead, we used 25 W candelabra bulbs, which emitted a similar kind of warm light for only $1 each)
-terminal block (to connect all the wires)
-wiring materials (terminal forks, cable restraints, electrical tape)
Here are a few photos of the assembly:
And here is the final result! (Feel free to pin, share, tweet, etc. Go crazy! Just kindly link back to The Style Files…please and thank you!)
Let me tell you, it’s hard to photograph a light source with a digital camera. But these were the best photos I could come up with…you get the idea! Also, keep in mind that the cords will relax and straighten out over time.
And my favorite part…the before and after shot!
So there you have it- a DIY custom chandelier made with mason jars! And the final cost? Around $125- not too shabby for a custom made design!