Tue 5 Jul 2011
I’ve been enjoying collecting Ball jars and have seen plastic topped mason jar solar lights and came up with this simple way to make my own.
First, gather common canning/mason jars and inexpensive garden solar lights.
(My solar garden lights came from K-Mart and were on sale for $1 each.) Be sure to bring your lids with you when you shop for lights. Some lights are larger (and more expensive) and may not fit your lid. Notice the mason jar lids are two part. If your garden lights fits in the top you’re good to go. If not, like mine, I substituted vintage presto canning jar lids with a smaller carve out.
Take the solar garden light an unscrew the light from the stake. You won’t need the stake. Holding the light against the lid, use removeable type glue, reminds me of silly putty, to hold the light in the jar lid; wedge the glue between the walls of the lid and the light. Screw the lid onto the jar and place in the sun. Be sure to remove plastic tab, if any from the light battery or turn the light to “auto” or “on”.
I plan to use the jars as lights on the path up to our cabin and on the deck railing to provide soft lighting when we’re entertaining. They’d make very romantic wedding decorations.