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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- 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.
- 2-4 popsicle sticks or toothpicks (Improvise)
- Loctite Repair Extreme Adhesive (Walmart)
- Phillips-head screw driver
- 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.