How to Make a Solar Mason Jar


With the high price of the solar lights for sale in stores today, try your hand at making your own from recycled materials you have laying around your home or ones you purchase inexpensively at thrift stores and garage sales. With a few items and a bit of time, you can have your own personalized solar lighting.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Top part of a solar light (solar cap) with the solar panel, wiring, battery and light bulb
  • Vintage glass preserving (mason) jar with glass lid
  • Waterproof glue
  • Batteries (if not included with the top part of the solar light)
  • Unscrew the screws that are holding the solar cap in place. Remove the solar unit in one piece, including the solar panel with the wiring attached to the battery compartment and the light.

  • Spray paint or decoupage the jar if you are going to do so. You can leave it clear as well. If you are painting the jar, do not paint or cover the lid in any way. The solar panel is going to be just under the lid, and it needs as much light as possible to charge and light. Allow to dry before moving on to the next step.

  • Put a drop of glue on the bottom of the solar panel and attach the battery pack if it is only hanging by the wire. If the light is attached to the battery pack, position the battery pack on the solar panel so the light is located in the center of the solar panel. If the light is not attached to the battery pack, glue it onto the center of the battery pack. Let the glue dry.

  • Place a drop of glue on each of the four corners of the top side of the solar panel. Insert the solar panel into the top, inside of the lid, center it, and press to firmly to ensure a good bond between the pieces being glued. Allow time for the glue to dry. When this is complete with the lid on the jar and the jar standing upright, the solar panel should be facing upward and the light pointing down into the jar.

  • Place a battery into the battery pack and put the lid on the jar. Stand the jar upright outside in the sun to allow the battery to charge. Enjoy your mason jar solar light.

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