HOLY CRAP HIPSTERS!
It makes so much sense, when you think about it. I personally am sitting on a treasure trove of old pasta-sauce jars… but I never thought they could be more than ironic beer glasses!
THEY CAN BE AN IRONIC (and beautiful) LIGHT FIXTURE.
The idea isn’t new, really. Pictured at right is a chandelier made from a wagon wheel and jars. It was built one million years ago to light a one-room cabin. Still works, ya heard?
The chandelier shown above was made by the incredibly resourceful Kara Paslay, who offers a complete tutorial on her site.
The basic concept: drill holes in the lids of jars, and wire them as light fixtures. Attach them to a single base in whatever shape you want, and try not to burn the house down when you turn it on.
It’s more complicated than that, so I recommend following the tutorial instead of my summary.
Angela at Living From Scratch made hers using the dinky chandelier base that was already attached to her ceiling. She also wired the fixtures in parallel and came up with a different shape:
Got jars? Try it yourself! I swear to god I’m about to go around my house attaching pasta jars to things. If you try this and have any measure of success, please share.