Custom Indoor Mason Jar Tree Branch Lighting
Our livingroom didn’t come with an overhead light fixture, so being us, we thought we’d make our own and wanted something unique. While my husband gets all the credit for the idea, and the work, I’ll take the credit for the effective roll of “the nagging wife”.
One evening, almost dark in October.
Wife: Hey honey, come help me cut down this tree branch, I think it will be perfect for your livingroom light idea.
Wife: Yeah I need it removed even if you don’t use it.
Tree branch on ground. Dark now and cold.
Wife: Let’s just cut the branch to the size we’d need for the livingroom.
Wife: It will be fun! I’ll go make some hot apple cider and fireball whisky.
Hubby takes measurements
Wife: Uh, sorry all out of whisky….here’s some plain cider though…
Tree branch cut to size. 9pm.
Wife: I think we should see what it looks like inside.
Hubby: No, once I get this branch inside, I won’t be able to get it back out.
Wife: We’ll totally be able to get it back out of the house, plus the kids are asleep now, this would be way harder during the day with them underfoot.
Tree branch inside house. Completely stuck. 9:55pm.
Hubby arrives at Lowes 10:01pm, closed at 10pm. Drives all over town, finds right supplies.
Kid’s sleep through drilling and tree branch install from 11pm-12am.
Thankfully wife knows nothing about electricity and has to *patiently* wait a month before Hubby does the set up when HE wants.
*The couch is also made by us and is essentially our linen closet, with storage compartments under all seating…exterior is covered in recycled pallet wood. Post on how we built this coming as soon as we complete it (got it functional, now procrastinating some of the aesthetics).
Materials Used and What We Did
**Disclaimer: You should have a general understanding of electricity before doing the lights yourself. Do so at your own risk, we assume no responsibility for injury or problems that arise with branch or lights. This is merely an account of what we did.
Supplies we used for suspending branch
- Green 65lb Fishing Line
- Anchor Hooks
How We Hung the Branch
- Got a general idea of where we wanted a few main anchor supports to start. Installed anchors according to package directions.
- Tied fishing line to branch in the general area that would meet up with the anchor hooks, leaving plenty of extra string for adjusting.
- Have someone hold up the branch while the other person loosely ties the string to hooks. Repeat adjusting to desired height.
- Add more anchor hooks where needed, either for support, or just for lifting branches above head height.
Supplies we used for lighting
- Lamp sockets
- Lamp cord
- Indoor wire
- Junction box
- Light bulbs (we used LED vintage bulbs)
- Mason jars (1 quart size to fit the bulbs we used)
- Indoor extension cord
- Wire nuts
- Dimmer switch
- Wooden outlet cover
- Volt Meter
- Staple gun
- 1/2 inch Black plastic coated staples
A note on the “tree trunk” going up the wall.
This was done with old pallet wood that we cut, sanded, stained, and sealed. The sides were cut at an angle to fit into the wall corner. The “trunk” was installed with a nail gun after the wiring was completed.
How We Installed the Lights
- We used an extension Cord plugged into the wall behind couch to power the dimmer switch.
- In our case with 3 lights, we also needed a junction box so we have a wire going from the dimmer switch to the junction box, and then lamp cord was directed out for each light.
- Volt meter was used to test power.
- Lamp cord was run along the tops of the branches and was held in place with black plastic-coated staples.
- Lamp cord wired into lamp sockets.
- Cut hole in mason jar lid to fit lamp sockets (which twist apart to attach)
- Add light bulb, and screw mason jar into lid.
Hi there! I’m Kaley, prevailing parent and wife, but also just me; stubborn lover of DIY everything, outdoors, and chocolate. Read more about myself and my family under the “Parenting” > “About My Family” tabs.