DIY Mason Jar Pendant Light Tutorial

Want to turn a recessed light into a Mason Jar Pendant Light? Guess what….you can do it in a matter of minutes! It is SO easy! There’s no wires to deal with or anything tricky to it at all! Its as easy as screwing in a light bulb. And the best part? It only cost about $20!!! Read on to find out how!

Easy DIY Mason Jar Pendant Light

DIY mason jar pendant light tutorial || Quick easy way to turn a recessed light into a Mason Jar pendant in 20 mins! Costs about 20 dollars.

We are almost done with our kitchen makeover {hallelujah! more details on it coming real soon!} and one of the last things we had to do was change out the recessed light over our kitchen sink. I really wanted a pendant light. And not just any pendant light. I wanted a Mason Jar pendant light! I thought it was a tall order and didn’t think it would happen, but it turned out to be the fastest, easiest part of our kitchen makeover! $20 and 20 minutes later, we had the cutest DIY Mason Jar Pendant light ever! Best $20 I ever spent!!

DIY Mason Jar Light || This is a cheap and easy way to get a mason jar pendant light!

I love my Mason Jar Pendant light! Its NOT a Mason Jar LAMP like all the ones you find online, this is an actual light fixture! Much better! {and cheaper!} And it covers up the can light fixture perfectly. No trace of it ever being a recessed light!

How to Mason Jar Pendant light :: Super easy way to turn a recessed light into a DIY Mason Jar pendant light for only $20.

Did you notice my white cabinets?? I LOVE them! I’ll share all the details on how we painted them ourselves! I should have the full post ready next week. So stay tuned! For a sneak peek, check out my instagram here and check out the #CraftaholicKitchenMakeover for pictures of the process.

Mason Jar Pendant Light DIY :: Fast easy way to make a mason jar light

How to turn a Recessed Light into Mason Jar Pendant Light Tutorial

DIY Mason Jar Pendant light :: Super easy way to turn a recessed light into a Mason Jar light for only $20.


  • Wide Mouth Mason Jar with ring and lid
  • Recessed Light Conversion Kit Pendant Fitter {you can find them here}
  • Utility Knife
  • Cutting board
  • LED light bulb {highly recommend because of the low heat output}
  • Black Sharpie
  • Gloves


This is the recessed light to pendant light converter kit we used. I found it at the home improvement store for $19. You can also find them online here.

Here is a little visual to see how it works:

Recessed light to pendant light converter kit

Step 1 :: Install the recessed light to pendant light converter using the instructions on the box. The kit comes with a converter that you simply screw into the recessed light and a ceiling plate large enough to cover your old can light fixture.

Mason Jar light tutorial

Step 2 :: Use the shade screw mount {or whatever its called} to trace a circle on your wide mouth mason jar lid.

{note: I bought a new wide mouth mason jar even though I had plenty on hand. I wanted to make sure it was clean and didn’t have any residue or guck in it that would cause issues. I bought it at Hobby Lobby for 50% off, so it was a $1.50. But you could easily use a clean wide mouth mason jar you have laying around the house.}

mason jar craft

Step 3 :: Using the utility knife, the circle in the mason jar lid.

NOTE: you should wear gloves when doing this step. Preferably cut proof gloves. My dad cut this for me and he chose not to wear them. For safety reasons, please wear gloves!

AND ANOTHER NOTE: We used a low wattage LED light bulb that puts out very little heat. Therefore, we did not put in ventilation holes in the lid. If you are using a traditional or other type of bulb, you WILL need to put in a couple ventilation holes to let the heat out and you will want to do that in this step.

How to make Mason Jar Light || costs only $20 and can be done in about 20 mins. I'm so doing this!

Step 4 :: Put the mason jar lid in the mason jar ring and put over the light bulb base {where a shade would go} and then screw the shade screw mount {is that what its called?} in place to secure the ring and lid. Then simply screw in your light bulb and wide mouth mason jar and you have yourself a DIY Mason Jar Pendant light!

DIY Mason Jar Pendant light {not a plug in lamp like all the ones online!} Super easy way to turn a recessed light into a mason jar light for only $20. BRILLIANT!

Here’s a sneak peak of how my kitchen is looking after our DIY kitchen makeover:


Stay tuned next week for the big post with complete details on how we did it! I’m so excited to share it with you!! Make sure to subscribe so you don’t miss it!

DIY mason jar pendant light how to || Turn a recessed light into a Mason Jar Pendant in 20 minutes for $20!

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  1. 1

    This light is so fun and cute! I’m going to remember this for the whole, “if and when” we ever buy a house scenario!


  2. 2

    I have thought about adding mason jars to my bathroom light strip, but am concerned about the heat buildup inside the jars. Is that a concern of yours, have you ever thought about it, or am I just over thinking the thing?

    1. 2.1

      Yes, that is a concern if you use standard light bulbs. I used a low wattage LED light bulb in my mason jar light. It puts off very little heat. Putting in a couple small holes in the mason jar lid for ventilation will help keep the heat in the jar lower. If you use standard bulbs, you will need to cut ventilation holes.

  3. 3

    Hi!!!!! I love what you have done with your kitchen!! What color paint is on the walls name and brand ??? It looks amazing with the white cabinets

    1. 3.1

      Thank you, Danielle! The wall color is Stonington Gray by Benjamin Moore.