I love these lights from West Elm, but $99 seems a bit much. How could I recreate these for a lot less? I shopped around and here is what I cam up with
Large Pickle Jar + Hemma Light Kit = $3.99 . This light was dirt cheap and I LOVE IT!! The Glass is very uneven and cast an amazing light.
What You will need
Sand paper (fine grit)
Matte black spray paint
Tool to cut metal lid
Large pickle jar (cleaned)
Black hemma light kit
Eat all those Pickles! Clean the jar really well. The pickle smell will be very strong; the more you clean and let air out the better.
Next, we need to modify lid. Locate the center of the lid. This is important because if you are off, the light will not hang correctly. Trace the end of the Hemma light onto the lid so that it aligns with the center. Make sure you trace the end of the Hemma light and not the larger piece that easily screws off at the end.
Cut out the Hemma light portion of the lid you just traced. This was a bit difficult for me because I did not have the right tools. I managed with a nail and hammer, but I don’t recommend this method.
The hole in the lid should be tight. Screw the larger loose end piece on last. This will hold the lid in place. Next take the lid off to lightly sand lid and then spray paint. Remeber to do several light coats of paint. Make sure to cover all sides of the lid because even the underneath will be visible.
Also, use a very low wattage (15W) light bulb that is clear. I found one from home depot that was extra long that looked like it was made just for my light.