Most of us have empty jars in our house. Here, Brighton born and bred Charis Williams (aka The Salvage Sister), shows us how to make a jam jar chandelier. Charis is a designer and TV presenter who has featured on Channel 4’s Fill Your House for Free and UKTV Home’s The New Reclaimers. Read on to find out more…


The Jam jar chandelier made for Louise fetured on Channel 4′s Fill Your House for Free series 2.

_manq port laughSG (2)-p19onlq90818rm1rpo13bmjk41ut2I’m sure you have a house or recycling bin full of old jars. They are great for a variety of uses, I use them for sorting screws and small items in the workshop and occasionally I use them to make beautiful light features. They come in all different shapes and sizes, so before you start up-cycling work out how large you need your jar – remember you need to fit your light fitting in there and your bulb with enough space around it.

Once you have your selection of clean label-less jars you need to make a hole in the lid (using jars with metal lids is best, plastic cracks & metal also looks better) ready for your light fitting. You can buy light fittings and cord online, make sure they are certified under UK/EU regulations. The light fittings unscrew so you can wire them up and then screw them together to the inside of the jar lid. Always make sure you are wiring the fittings responsibly and correctly, and make sure you get a qualified electrician to install your chandelier and use a rubber grommet or washer to protect the wires going into the rose. I also used metal washers on the underside of the jar lid to displace the weight across more of the surface area of the lid.

You will need a hook into the ceiling to take the weight of the chandelier as well as a ceiling rose to house your wires. Our hook is concealed behind the ceiling rose.

Feeling inspired? Check out these jam jars on and get stuck in!