DIY Multi-Colored Solar Lights in Jars Tutorial

JAR CRAFTS Published October 2nd, 2013 103,177 views
Frosted Solar Powered Sun Jars

These DIY solar lights in jars are gorgeous and easy to make! DIY craft projects for solar powered mason jars and similar are becoming very popular.

These beautiful pictures and tutorial are brought to you by one of our users who took the time to photograph and document her work after following one of our other solar tutorials last year.

This truly is a craft project that will keep you smiling, day after day, as they come to life in the evenings with their beautiful glow.

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Frosted Solar Powered Sun Jars

Frosted Solar Powered Sun Jars



  • Cheapest solar lights from Walmart; the silver-topped ones show through the jar a little less.
  • Clamp style jar with a glass lid from Dollar Tree or craft store.
  • Glass frosting spray – Walmart (paint department).
  • AA 2300mAh rechargeable NiMh Energizer battery (optional, but it does have more power and holds a better & longer charge).
  • Stained glass or window paint from Walmart in the crafts department, or Hobby Lobby.
  • Newspaper
  • 2-4 popsicle sticks or toothpicks (Improvise)
  • Loctite Repair Extreme Adhesive (Walmart)
  • Phillips-head screw driver
5 Frosted Multi-colored Mason Jar Solar Lanterns

Be sure to check out our other full DIY tutorial for making solar lids for mason jars!


  • Frosting the jar helps diffuse the light and gives a nice glow to the entire jar. Take apart the jar clamp and lay the lid and metal aside.
  • Wipe the inside of the jar out with a soft dry cloth to remove any residue.
  • Place the jar upside down sitting on popsicle sticks or toothpicks that have been placed on top of newspaper.
  • (Spray outdoors in a well-ventilated area.) Shake the can well before using. Hold the spray paint can upright or at a slight angle and spray the outside of the jar evenly. Keep the can moving slowly but continuously. Ideally, you want a light, even coat. If you need to add more paint later, you always can but it’s hard to fix a dripping finish. The frosting spray goes on nearly invisibly, so have faith that it is covering and keep a light hand. I use two light coats to thoroughly frost the outside of the jars. Let dry thoroughly.
  • These solar lights simply unscrew from their plastic bulb. The entire solar unit is self-contained and can be used without further disassembly.
  • Remove the small screws and replace the cheap battery with a good AA battery.
  • Lay the jar lid upside down on a flat surface. Place the flat side of the light on it so that the solar panel will be facing the top of the lid to receive the sunlight. Use adhesive to secure the light to the lid. Set aside to dry well for at least several hours or overnight.
  • Place the lid on the jar and reassembly the clamp.
  • If you wish colored sun jars, paint the tiny bulb with window or stained glass paint and a toothpick.
  • Allow to charge in the sun. Light will glow in the dark.
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  • Jen

    Hello, and thank you for sharing this fantastic project idea! I am currently trying to find the solar lights you refer to in the supplies list and am having a hard time finding them. Do you have a more specific name for what they are called? I have looked online and every search takes me to solar lights which are already in some sort of expensive structure. Any help is appreciated! Thank you!

  • Georje

    Wal Mart, garden dept.
    K-Mart garden dept. any garden dept.
    They are the solar lights used to light pathways or edges.
    About $2.00 each.

  • Amber Peck-Richter

    Case of mason jars $7 at walmart.. Solar lights .97 cent at walmart some will have a stick coming out of the to put into the ground, just cut the stick off!..spray paint $3.87 at walmart including the glas stain… this is a great project for the kiddos minus the spray painting..

  • Marcy Isherwood

    I am not understanding how the lights are attached to the jar. Do you throw away the round center part of the jar lid? And what is the battery for, anyway? I think you need more demonstration pictures. I don’t understand. If you attache the solar lights to the lid it will be facing downward and not receive any sunlight to recharge. And you use the term “clamp jars” do you really mean the clamp jars or screw top jars. The directions are not very clear.

  • Chance Sanders

    Take a look at the third picture– the regular mason jar version. It’s clickable, and will take you to the other solar tutorial, showing you much more clear instructions for the lids. There are different sizes for the solar lids (garden center at Walmart, and Dollar Tree will also have them at times)… You’ll want the size that comes closest to the size of the lid insert (round middle part of the jar lid/ring), and to FIT it into the lid “ring”, you’ll add tape around the solar light cap until you can kind of twist it into the jar ring… Look here:

  • Lisa Bearden Dosier

    We did ours today the results are so cool!!

  • Holbeth

    What size mason jar is being used, a quart size? I can’t find the size specified anywhere.