Mason jars! Is there anything they can't do? From beautiful solar-powered lanterns for your back yard to whimsical lights for your home, to the mason jar light fixtures Allison showed us earlier today, these jars have many uses and you should always strive to keep them around, even if it's just to keep some food in them.
Laura and David Elden from Georgia were trying to come up with a nice way of lighting their place, when they decided to use Mason Jars and some IKEA bits to hack together a chandelier. They used an IKEA Kroken ceiling-mounted utensil rack, IKEA Hemma black light bulb sets, some Mason jars, and CFL bulbs to get an awesome result.
Once the Kroken is mounted on the ceiling, you need to install the Hemma cord sets. They chose to install a total of 12. They also used some frosted Mason jars to get a better overall ambiance. Given the choice, frosted Mason jars are a lot nicer since they give out a neater glow. Holes were drilled into the top of each jar. Then, pliers were used to enlarge those holes so that the IKEA lighting fixture would fit. The Hemma fixture can be screwed into the drilled hole. It comes with a ring for lampshades, which can be screwed on the opposite side to hold the lid in place.
Next, the jars need to be attached to the utensil rack. Zip ties were used to secure the bottles and cords into place. More zip ties were used to manage all of the cords. The end result looks pretty amazing and it doesn't take much effort to create this beautiful chandelier.
(via Ikeahacker, images via David Elden)