- Jennifer Pike
Authentic Vintage Barn Board Mason Jar Sconces
Have you ever felt like making your home cozier with something authentically vintage? Something like a mason jar sconce perhaps? Then this is the blog post for you! This time of year my need for warm lighting and coziness goes up dramatically. The shorter days and cooler temperatures make me feel like getting out all of the candles and cozy twinkle lights.
After searching for some sconces online for my dining room, I realized that I had the authentic vintage ingredients in my own home to make some. So my husband and I decided to go for it!
Here is the photo I had found for my inspiration:
A few years ago I had purchased four pieces of barn wood from an acreage near Edmonton, plus I had some extra large mason jars I picked up from a garage sale in 2018 (I think they are 1 litre). I always have fairy lights on hand and I definitely had some nautical rope in my craft room. "Free" sconces here we come...
Here's how we built them for our home:
Cut eight pieces of barn wood into 10 x 3 inch pieces.
Then cut four pieces into 12 x 1.5 inch lengths:
Place four of the 10 x 3 pieces on a work surface about and inch apart. Using wood glue, glue one side of the 12 x 1.5's to the wood about 1-1.5 inches from the outer edge like this:
Using a nail gun, secure the pieces together. The nails plus the wood glue will make it strong.
Secure your fairy lights box to the second row of wood. Ours had a spot to put a screw through. Make sure to secure it so that you can access the battery pack and switch.
Add two 2.5 x 3.5 inch pieces of wood on the back of the unit to help it stabilize once it gets up on the wall. If you don't do this step the battery pack on the back will make it teeter totter.
One on the top and one on the bottom, centered.
Glue the back of your mason jar onto the wood structure using gorilla glue or any kind of hefty duty strong glue that is also clear. You don't want it to show through. We let it completely dry for 24 hours after this point.
Add the rope to the back by stapling it in a couple of inches from the sides. The rope size depends and how long you want it. Mine was about 10 inches.
Fish through the fairy lights in to the mason jar. Make sure the batteries are new ;)
Drill a hole where you want it to go and put in an anchor. Mine was quite heavy. Then screw in a decorative hook to hang it from.
Turn them on and enjoy! Fairy lights typically have a timer option, so you can set it to go on each day around supper time and they will stay on until bedtime.
Eeeeeek! Aren't they the cutest!?!