Mason Jar Solar Light

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Look how easy it is to make a solar light jar.

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In my last project I used sea glass to make the light jar and this time I used flat sided marbles/gems and a bigger mason jar.

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the green solar light jar


  • mason jar
  • solar light
  • flat sided marbles
  • glue gun or E6000 glue

I purchased some solar lights to use with some of the various mason jars I have at home. Take apart the solar light as you just need the round top part that has the solar light on it.

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take apart the solar light

Using the glue gun attach the flat sided marble/gems over the mason jar. I chose green ones for this project as those were ones that I had in the craft closet. You can choose the colour you prefer or mix all the colours together for an interesting effect. If you use E6000 glue it takes a bit longer as the glass has to set before you move on to the next section. If you don’t let it set the gems will slip all over the place till the glue sets.

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mason jars and flat sided marbles

I’ve got lots more colours left so will be making some more light jars.

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attaching the flat sided marbles

Take apart the lid to the mason jar so you just have the rim and fit the solar light in. You can seal the edges on the inside so no rain gets inside the jar. I took the rim of the lid with me when buying the solar lights as they come in all different sizes. After trying a couple of stores I found ones that fit.

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getting charged in the sun

Sit it outside and let the sun charge the solar light and it will give off a lovely glow in the evening.

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Did you know that if your solar light stops working after a long time you can replace the battery in some of them to give it a new lease on life? This doesn’t work for all solar lights, but certainly worth checking out before you throw it away.

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5 Responses

  1. Margy

    I did something similar. I’d read you could paint the jars with glow in the dark paint but it didn’t glow. So I took two of my small solar lights and did what you did, except I cut a hole in a jar lid to hold it. When I get back to the cabin I’ll see if mine are large enough to just fit into the rings. I use them on our picnic table out front in summer. – Margy

    • Crafty Gardener

      I”m going to try a jar painted with the stained glass paint I used for another projects. Hoping it works. That’s a good idea to cut a ring in the lid then you can custom size it to the solar light you have. My list of outside projects is getting longer but I have a feeling most won’t get done till May. We leave April 10 for Victoria and return on April 30.

  2. Myrtle

    Great job done Linda. They are really pretty. Yes I know some of them you can replace the batteries, I found that out,haha.
    Have a good weekend

  3. Teresa

    This is a great idea to decorate jars, and not just for solar lights, in my opinion. I love it! Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party. Pinned.

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