How to Light Up Your Home with this Mason Jar Floor Lamp Craft Idea
I found this cool idea when browsing around the internet, and I'm going to give you suggestions on how you can build your own.
If you visit Home Depot or Lowes, you are bound to find some sort of base that will do the trick, but if not, you can re-use an old cheap floor lamp that Walmart sells for about $6 bucks.
The traditional floor lamp (shown in a picture here) is nothing but a bunch of screw-together poles with a power cord ran up the center to a basic light socket.
Ready to learn how to get creative with it? It is easy, but keep safety in your mind at all times when dealing with electricity.
If, perhaps you had a floor lamp hanging around (okay, maybe not "hanging"), you could adjust its height by removing some of the rods that screw together, or you could keep the height and just remove the plastic lamp shade at the top.
Depending on the lamp, you might have to break off the 'cup' that holds the light socket (the part where the bulb actually screws in at).
Alright, on with the story...
There are a dozen different types of light sockets laying in the hardware or lighting section of Walmart, Home Depot, or Lowes. They are going to cost about $2 - $5 depending on the type of socket.
You don't need anything fancy.
As far as a cord is concerned, the lamp already has one you can use. The socket is for a standard bulb, so depending on your idea, you might have to buy a socket from the store to replace it.
If not, you just have to assemble your jar to become the lamp 'shade'.
If you find yourself having to snip the wire running to the socket, first make sure it isn't plugged into the power outlet.
You can tear down about any cord and use it (I love old extention cords for this very thing).
Cut off the end that is the 'extender' (where you plug other cords in to it), and then cut down the center of the cord a couple of inches. Basically, you splice the cord after cutting off the extender.
You'll end up with two plastic coated wires. Trim the plastic off the end, and run one wire to each location on a new socket. Twist one wire to one of the wires (doesn't matter which) on the new socket, and the other wire to the other.
Make sure wires are tightly twisted and use electrical tape to make sure no wires are exposed.
Plug in your new bulb, and plug in your cord. You've just built a lamp.
Loose or exposed wires are fire hazard. Give them a firm twist together and tape up exposed areas, for sure.