Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Mason Jar Solar Lights

Don't you just love all of the things you can do with a Mason jar? My favorite is the old aqua jars with the zinc lids. They look so pretty sitting in a window sill with the sunlight coming through them.  Did you know that first Mason jar was invented in 1858? I am also amazed at the popularity of the Mason jar, if you get on Pinterest or most home decorating/craft blogs you are more than likely to see an image of a Mason jar. 

Well, I have been wanting to make Mason jar solar lights since I saw them in a catalog three years ago. I can't remember where I saw them first but they were around $40 for the solar light lid and jar. I am a very thrifty girl and $40 was just a little too much money for me to spend on a pretty Mason jar. Last week while I was at the Dollar Tree I spotted  some solar lights. I knew for a $1.00 each that this was a sign for me to make my Mason jar light. I have seriously been swooning over for these lights for the past three years. Here is a tutorial for all of those that might have been swooning over them too.




SUPPLIES

Mason Jars
Dollar Tree Solar Lights (Or any solar light)
Duct Tape
Lids for the Jars
Spray Paint (Optional)
Painter's Tape (If you decide to spray paint)





TUTORIAL


First Step: Screw off the top of the light 


Prep your lids and the lights for spray paint. I used Duct Brand clean release painter's tape to cover the solar panels on the lights. 


Spray paint the lids and lights. I used a few light coats of Krylon's flat black spray paint.




Since, the lights are smaller than what the size of the hole is for the jar I needed a way to keep the light in place. I though duct tape would work well and it's weather proof. I cut the duct tape into 7 inch strips and folded the duct tape in half to make it double sided. 


I then wrapped the tape around the light after the spray paint had dried. Note: You don't want to put too much tape around the very top because it will stick out when you put the lid on.


I then placed the light inside of the jar. I wouldn't put too much pressure on getting the lid in. I just kind of pushed it in until it felt snug, adding the lid will make it even more secure. 





 Can't see the duct tape can you? 







Aww, my three year obsession is now over! It's still a little cold here to sit on the patio, but in another month or so I am sure I will be outside enjoying my new lights. 


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59 comments:

  1. This is one of the cutest ideas I have seen in a very long time!!!!! Our ocean state job lot has silver round by sunbeam...I am going to see if I could get away without painting! LOVe!

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  2. These are so cute...what a great way to use mason jars and how inexpensive! Love it! :)

    XO,
    Jane

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  3. Guau This is one of the cutest ideas what a great way to use mason jars and how inexpensive! Love it!

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  4. Love it and your color options aren't limited to black. They sell double sided tape that's clear. Love it. The ideas for this are endless. Fill th jars w shells and sand, glass beads, decorative rock, flowers etc.. thank you for sharing a very clever creation.

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    1. Good idea and even marbles would work.

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  5. New Follower and I love this idea!!!
    Deborah
    threedawgladydesigns.blogspot.com

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  6. Great project. I need these for my deck. New follower, found you on Hometalk.

    Margaret from margaret-movingforward.blogspot.ca

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  7. Great project! I saw those solar lights at the Dollar Tree the other day. Now I wish I had bought some! Guess I'll have to go back. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  8. Those are going to be so cool! I would never have thought of that!

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  9. Brilliant! I too fell in love with these lights but not the price......I knew someone in Blogland would figure a way to DIY them! Friends and family often tell me how clever I am, and I say oh no, I'm really not. But there are wonderfully clever and generous gals online who share their projects. I never stop being amazed by that generosity of spirit! Thank you!!! I can't wait to try these!!!
    CyndyB
    NE Texas

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  10. They are awesome & I can't wait to make them. I do have a question. What happens when it rains? Does water leak between the lid & the light?

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  11. These are fantastic! My girlfriends and I, known as "The G.G.'s" which is short for genuine girlfriends, are always looking for cool things to make. I cannot wait to show this to them! I may have to make some today...just to check out how cool they are! Thank you!!

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  12. I just saw this on Hometalk and now I'm a little obsessed! What a great idea!!
    --Elena
    acasarella.net

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  13. Thanks for this, I am going to be decorating for a wedding and this is great safe pathway lighting!

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  14. I want to make solar lighting to hang on the posts of our back deck. I have been looking for some nice lights with hangers and now I can do it for pennies. Thanks for the information.

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  15. It's a fantastic idea!!
    I also invite you to my italian link party :)
    http://www.paroladilaura.it/2013/04/share-your-link-18/

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  16. This is the idea of the month... you go girl!

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  17. So cute, and how lucky they were just the right size. Little Bit

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  18. Love this...can't wait to make my own! Thanks for sharing the tutorial. :-)

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  19. What a fun idea for those (hopefully) upcoming summer nights. We'll be featuring this over at Someday Crafts tomorrow, so if you have a minute, come on over and check it out!!

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  20. Adorable! I love the starburst pattern they make!

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  21. This is SUCH a cute idea! I totally need to have some of these on my new Farmhouse Table! Thanks for linking up. :-)

    Jennifer @ PinkWhen.com

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  22. These will also charge in a South or West window inside the house. You can use them for nightlights. Looks especially beautiful if you use the old coffee jars with the crosscut pattern on them...makes for very cool shadows.

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    1. Thank you, I like the coffee jars idea!

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    2. Great idea- I love night lights indoors too, esp in the dark winter months!

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  23. Hi, Did you use the quart or pint size jar?

    Laura

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    1. I used the pint size, thanks for stopping by! :)

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  24. Genius! Thank you for sharing at the Give Me The Goods Link Party!!Dimplesandpigtales.blogspot.com

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  25. You are a genius, perfect idea. That is so cute and so handy, love it. I wonder if our $tree has those. Things like that tend to go quick.Glad you shared a great project, so useful.

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  26. That is Genius! I'm going to give it a shot!!

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  27. Hush your mouth, this is the best idea ever! I almost bought these type of things from Etsy - still pricey. I may try this tonight!

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  28. YOU CAN ALSO PUT WATER IN THE JAR AND IT MAKES IT BRIGHTER.

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  29. OMG!!!!! I am totally loving this idea!! I will be running back to DT to get more Solar Lights!!!

    Hugs,
    Deb

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  30. Clever clever...I saw those lights at our Dollar tree too. I may have to try this.

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  31. It looks like you removed the clear plastic light cover from the solar light, it has a silver dome at the bottom which would reflect light, did it make a difference
    in how the solar light worked, could it be left on? though it probably looks better to remove it as you would see it in the jar. I just bought 5 of these at Dollar tree, can't wait to make them this weekend. I plan to put wire hangers on them and hang them on small Sheppard hooks, and maybe I will make one for in the window like someone else mentioned. Thank you so much for sharing this great idea.

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  32. We sprayed some of that sticky tack glue in the jar and coated the inside with some iridescent white glitter from Walmart and really looks nice and diffuses the light better too. I would imagine you could use different colors of glitter, or stained glass paint inside the jars too for making colored jars

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  33. Melissa~ Thanks for letting me feature this post in a guest blogger spot while I was on vacation. I've pinned this post.

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  34. These are wonderful and I love them!! I was in Tractor Supply today and saw some for $20 each, way to spendy for this girl! I will have to run to the dollar store and see if they have some solar lights, or snag some at Wal-Mart at the end of the season. I found you from your guest post over at Diana Rambles, so glad I did you have super ideas!! I'll be following on facebook so I don't miss any!
    Krista@ Far From Normal

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    1. Walmart here in AZ have the perfect fitting solar lights used in this diy and they are $.97 a piece :)

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  35. Oh these are great!

    I would love for you to link up at the Mommy Archive - we're focused on mason jar crafts and ideas this week, Alice @ Mums Make Lists

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  37. Solar lights square measure a beautiful invention and obtaining a lot of well-liked as energy prices for electricity keep rising. Some individuals like better to purchase the most affordable star lights they will realize and square measure able to get quite inventive operating with what they need.

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    1. Everyone within the world has unlimited access to a bright, renewable, and free supply of illumination. the warmth energy that the world gets from the sun is enough to power each place the globe. star supercharged lighting systems are eventually embraced by folks that are aware of the unhealthy effects of standard energy sources like coal and energy.

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  38. You can make then even cheaper if you use the empty mayonnaise or pickle jars as many of these jars will fit the mason jar covers. This way you simply need to buy the covers, not the expensive jars . In the past I have even canned using clean empty mayonnaise jars that the mason jar covers fit. They don`t fit all mayo or pickle jars, but check any you now have to see if the mason jar covers will fit. They also fit my 30 ounce mayonnaise jars, which might come in handy if you wanted to sit the lights down on the edge of the porch or other outside areas to make the edge show up at night for safety. You can fill the jars to make them heavier so they don`t tip over easily. Just another suggestion. I love the original idea posted here. Thanks.

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  39. The smaller mayo and pickle jars were the 16 ounce ones that fit.

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  40. I love these.
    I am a stained glass artist and I filled my jars with glass shards, the tiny bits and pieces (I can't throw away) that aren't really good for anything. They are beautiful with the light reflecting the colors of glass.
    Thank you for sharing this.

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  42. hi there are these weather proof would the duct tape keep out the rain ?

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  43. Nice tips for investment in real estate business. Thanks for sharing it.... solar pv

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  44. This is such a cute idea for my garden. I am all for anything that involves mason jars. This solar light is a pure genius.
    Cynthia | http://www.djtgiftshop.com/default.asp?dept_id=30090

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