I have been loving decorating our little house since I got married a few months ago. When we first got married and moved in, it was October so I decorated for fall . . . then Christmas came around so I had the house decorated with all the Christmas things. When we took down the Christmas decor a couple weeks ago, I realized one of my walls needed something. Something like sconces by the window behind the loveseat. I looked on Amazon for some mason jar sconces (like these) but I didn’t want to spend that much money and not be able to have it look exactly like I wanted it to. I wanted to make them more custom to our home.
Since we have a ton of pallet wood and our style is farmhouse, I knew the reclaimed wood would be perfect for these glass jar sconces. I found a piece of wood that looked just perfect for what I was envisioning.
The great thing about this project was each sconce cost less than $10. Can’t really beat that 😉
Supplies you’ll need for this project:
- jars (mason or dairy jars)
- paint and brushes (if you plan to paint the jars)
- wood boards (15″ x 5 1/2″)
- mitre saw
- hose clamps
- drill and screws
- assorted floral stems
These cute dairy jars I found at Michael’s for $2.99. I painted them white with this chalk paint and then ran a sanding block over the raised lettering so it would stand out a little more. Don’t you just love the way they turned out? So perfect!
*You could just as easily use clear glass jars and not have to paint them. It’s up to you and what you want the finished sconce to look like. That’s one of the best parts of a DIY project! You can adjust and customize things to your liking.
(I ended up painting three jars so I could make another glass jar sconce for our bedroom.)
We (my husband helped me on this project) measured our jars to figure out what length we wanted the wood to be. My jars were 6 1/4″ tall. So we cut the wood pieces 15″ long so I would have plenty of room above the jar for my floral stems to stand out.
We left the wood pieces as is since they matched the rest of our decor. If you wanted, you could paint or stain the wood part of your sconce to match your house.
After we cut our wood to the length we wanted, it was time to put the hose clamps on for the sconce. My husband is an HVAC tech so he had some of these clamps already for me to use 🙂
We decided we wanted to leave 1 1/4″ of space below the jars; so we measured up from the bottom of the board 6 3/4″ to the top of the hose clamp. Measure in 2 3/4″ from the sides to find the center of the board. Mark that spot (6 3/4″ up and 2 3/4″ in from the sides) to screw the hose clamp on. (You might find it easier to undo the hose clamp while you screw it on).
Once your hose clamps are on the wood, connect and tighten the clamp a little bit and slip the jar up inside the hose clamp. Our hose clamps were the perfect size, so we didn’t have to trim any. If you use longer hose clamps, just trim the excess so it doesn’t get in the way.
Once the jar is in, use a screwdriver to tighten the clamp. *We didn’t tighten ours too tight – if we would have tightened them any tighter, the jar would have stuck off of the wood too much at a weird angle at the bottom.
After you’ve attached the jars to the sconce, it’s time to fill them! I used some faux pussy willows from Michaels for mine. If you wanted, you could even use some real foliage such as eucalyptus or some daisies in the summer! Just put them in and arrange them how you want them to look. If you don’t plan to change the greenery out of your sconces, you could hot glue them in place to make sure they do not budge.
*I stuffed some paper down into the bottom of my jars to help hold the stems in place better.
Attach the sconces to the wall whatever way you want. We used command strips to attach ours (our living room walls aren’t drywall . . . my husband did an amazing job redoing our little house before we got married but there are still a lot of things we want to redo over the next few years, like put new drywall up in the living room).
I love the way these turned out and the little bit of contrast and color they add to our living room wall 🙂
Looking for more DIY farmhouse decor? I have this up in my home and it’s such a great piece!