Eco-Friendly Handcrafted Lamp A Charmer

If you’re looking for a light fixture that’s crafty, original and eco-friendly, check out the Mason Jar Solar Chandelier, designed and created by Iowa-based Etsy vendor TreasureAgain. The charmingly simple light is made from all recycled vintage materials: Ball Mason jars with a pretty blue hue hold the solar-powered lights, and an antique canning jar basket keeps it all together. The lights screw into the tops of the jars by way of “Solar Light Lids,” an original design.

The lamp, which is 7 inches high and about a foot in diameter, can be hung from a chain as a traditional chandelier, or can be placed on a tabletop for a different effect. It’s sturdy enough for outdoor use, but stylish enough for a living or dining room accent piece. Adding to it’s versatility, the solar lights are easily removable and can be safely replaced with candles for a romantic evening, or a string of mini lights for holiday festivities. If you don’t need a lamp at the moment, it can even be used for flower arrangements.

handcrafted jar light

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The lamp was originally designed as a traditionally electric one, but the solar lights allow for greater utility, particularly in areas without an outlet handy or where building a fire isn’t a safe idea. Simply leave the lamp in the sun for about eight hours during the day to charge, and it can be brought anywhere at night. The lights will glow automatically, so no switch is required.

Because these lamps are made with reclaimed materials, no two are exactly alike, which enhances their homespun charm. They tend to run about $120, being completely handmade, and it is not advisable to leave them outdoors in freezing temperatures. Battery included!

Laura Caseley is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz and a resident of New York State’s Hudson Valley. She writes for several publications and when she’s not writing, she can usually be found painting in her makeshift studio or enjoying the scenery of her hometown.