Spring is here and the family and I are starting to spend more afternoons outdoors so I thought it would be nice to spice up our backyard with some new decor. I’ve been wanting an outdoor chandelier for some time now, one that we could hang in tree and lay a picnic blanket underneath.
I’m in love with the farmhouse look just like the rest of Pinterest is right now, so I already knew the look I was going for. Mason jars and rope would be involved for sure.
Mason jars would be a great addition to this idea for lighting since they are so versatile and have that woodsy feel. The rope would give it that rustic edge I was trying to achieve.
I planned to use battery powered tea light candles to prevent the possibility of burning the rope. Although real candles would look amazing!
My plan was to keep it cheap so I headed down to my local Dollar Tree and Walmart to pickup the necessities.
What I Used for my Outdoor Mason Jar Chandelier
- 1 Hula Hoop
- 6 Mason Jars 16 oz
- 6 Battery Powered Tea Lights
- Sisal Twisted Rope 100 ft
- Glue Gun
- Glue Sticks
I bought the hula hoop and tea lights at the Dollar Tree. They had hula hoops in a few different sizes, but I went with the smallest one I could find since it would be easiest to work with. The tea lights were two to a pack so my total spent was $4 plus tax.
The mason jars came in a pack of 12 for a little over $10. I’m sure I’ll come up with something else to do with the other six. Tiki torches maybe?
Anyways, I made sure to purchase the wide mouth variety. I didn’t want to have trouble pulling my hand out after placing my tea lights.
I also bought the rope at Walmart for under $8. I still have a decent amount left for other projects. I already had a glue gun and glue sticks on hand so no extra dollars spent there.
I spent $22 total which isn’t too shabby considering I only used half of the mason jars and had 14 feet of rope leftover. My cost is covered on other spring projects now. Thumbs up to that!
Wrapping the Hula Hoop in Rope
I cut my rope in sections of 3 or 4 feet so I wouldn’t have to toss the entire rope bundle around while I wrapped and glued it down. When I started, glued the rope as I wrapped it around the hula hoop.
After awhile I wanted to save my glue and speed things up so I glued 6 or 7 inches worth and then continued to wrap it around without glue until a few inches from the end of my rope.
Then I glued the remaining rope down as I wrapped to keep my entire section of rope in place. This helped me save glue and time, and also hold everything in place perfectly.
Here’s the hula hoop completely wrapped in rope.
Look closer. You like where this is going don’t you?
Preparing the Mason Jars
This part turned out to be really easy, however, I was somewhat concerned if I could put a hole in the lid without ruining it. I planned to tie a knot in the rope after putting it through the lid. I figured that should secure it fairly well and it did!
First, I used a screw driver to put the hole in my lid. I centered the screw driver and pressed down until I indented the lid.
Once I had my center point marked, the “not so safe part” started. I held the mason jar down securely and made small jabs repeatedly with the screw driver until it broke through the lid. Definitely not safe, so be careful if you go about it this way.
I only held the screw driver up about 3 inches away from the lid during this process and it took a good number of jabs before the lid gave way. Like I mentioned before, my way is a little sketchy on safety protocol so if you know of a safer way please try that way instead.
Turning Mason Jars into Pendant Lights
The next part consisted of measuring and tying a knot in the rope after putting it through the lid. After tying the knot and securing the lid I measured the rope about 14 inches from the top of the mason jar.
Attaching the Mason Jar Pendant Lights
I held the pendant light rope up against the hula hoop and measured 6 inches in length. I didn’t want my pendant lights hanging too long so I thought 6 inches was a decent length.
Next I grabbed my glue gun and started gluing the rope down.
The length around the hula hoop was 80 inches. Since I was hanging 6 mason jar pendant lights, I divided 80 by 6 and figured proper spacing would be about 13 inches apart.
After I attached all the pendant lights, I cut 3 sections of rope at 27 inches in length. I wrapped and glued the ends and was ready to make my loop.
I twisted and folded over the remaining two strands of rope into a loop. Then I wrapped and glued the third piece around the ends.
Here is the completed Outdoor Mason Jar Chandelier! I’m so glad I took the time to work on this project. It’s exactly what I envisioned.
I waited til dusk to add the tea lights.
How great would this look with fairy lights?! I wish I could’ve got my hands on some earlier. If I do, I’ll make sure to update this post with the new look.
If you liked my outdoor mason jar chandelier project make sure to stop by my pinterest page to see my pins and other inspirational backyard projects.
Let me know what you think. Would you prefer real candles, battery powered tea lights or fairy lights?