I was itching for a project this weekend so I finally decided to tackle DIY sconces. I have seen several of these around and I have had supplies to build some for the better part of a year now. I am a little embarrassed to say that one of the things that inspired me to build these was the movie Breaking Dawn. I know...I know...Don't judge me. Anyway, the scene in which they show the cottage in the woods is my favorite! I have literally watched that movie just to see that scene. I LOVE that cottage! And part of the reason is because it is so overstuffed with things and candles that I'm not sure how people or the following activities in the movie (haha) fit.
Anyway, one of the things I love about that house is the sconces all over the walls and in the halls... and since I don't have the money or the patience to install real electric sconces, I will settle for the next best thing! DIY mason jar sconces. I lined my hallway with these and I also lined the hall that holds the stairs which run from my basement landing to my front door landing and I LOVE it!! So much love in this house right now!!
So anyway, I started by wrapping 19 gauge wire around my mason jars and attaching a handle. I purchased this junk at Menards for three dollars.
Then I cut some wood ( I found a 1x6 in the garage. Score!). I cut it 6 pieces at 6 inches each. Then I painted it dark brown with some old paint I found in the garage (Another Score!) Then I coated the edges in Vaseline and slapped another coat of white on those bad boys.
Then I sanded them with some scraps of sand paper in the garage (all kinds of grits; I only had little pieces of each to work with).
Next I wrapped jute around the top hook of these cheap hooks I also purchased at Menards. They were 2.99 each and I purchased six. I used a dab of hot glue at each end to adhere it to the metal. The reason I added this was because I needed something to keep the handle on the mason jar as far toward the edge of the hook as possible so that the mason jar would sit level rather than tip. Plus it turned out super cute.
Last my handy dandy Dan screwed those hooks onto the blocks of wood and I hammered a picture hanger onto the back. And presto! I now feel like my house has enough candles in it for serious power outage! :)