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Solar Mason Jar Lights | DIY, All You Need Is A Hot Glue Gun | Creative Cain CabinThis is an easy DIY project that can be done in less than 30 minutes (depending on how many solar lights you will be making). Since we don’t have electricity on the porch yet I decided to whip up some soft lighting for the evening hours and decided solar was the only way to go.
DIY Solar Mason Jar Lights | Creative Cain CabinWhat you will need: Small mouth mason jars, solar garden lights, and a hot glue gun. I purchased the solar garden stakes at Menards, but they sell them every where (the dollar store, Wally world, any home improvement store, or hardware). They normally run around $2 each. All I did was remove the stem (the part that pokes into the ground) and run a bead of hot glue around the rim of the jar. Next place the solar cap on top and let the glue set up.
DIY Solar Mason Jar Lights | Creative Cain Cabin
It couldn’t be easier, and if you ever tire of them just remove the solar portion, run the jars through the dishwasher and reuse them how ever you choose. They make a great addition to our front porch and helps light the path. Don’t forget to save the stems you can always use the for there intended purpose in your garden if you decided to do so. Go give it a try, it’s a fun and rewarding project!


        • Shharon says

          I will have to try this,but maybe add some color to the mason jar! Thanks for the great idea.

          • Mona says

            Put glass beads in the jars for color & added weight so they don’t blow over.

          • Mary says

            They now sell the colored mason jars with the wire handles they are the cutest, this way you can hang them or carry if you need too. They are at Wal Mart.

          • Mary says

            Please remember to get the jar the same size as the light, also they sell different size mason jars, I can jellies so when you go to buy check out the different sizes and then of course they have the wide mouth jars. This should be interesting to make, I have canning jars so I just need the lights, going to make them for the grandchildren, they will love them on the patio at night.

          • says

            Mary, I find the small mouth jars fit several of the solar lights that are on the market.

      • janice says

        the lights are hot glued to the top of the jar. you can buy the lights at wall mart

      • Linda Sykora says

        We made these a couple years ago but glued the top to the metal mason jar ring that screws onto the jar. Just don’t use the lid with the ring. Then you can just unscrew the top if and when you want.

      • jennifer says

        Micheal’s has the screw on mason jar lids but Walmart has the solar lights for a dollar just get a case of mason jars with lids and cut a hole in top and u have it

    • Ruth Griffin says

      This is a great way to reuse solar lights that the stands have been broken on!

    • Judy says

      Good idea. Must try it. I think if you add a mirror ( can usually get small round or square ones at Dollar stores) or tin foil, than you should be able to get more light from it as well. Just a thought.

    • vicky says

      Whatever you use to make these, and I think they are so cute, remember you can bring them inside to use if the electric goes off.

    • says

      We have been doing this in the yard for the past few years ! We find it a lot easier to move them than trying to mow or tweed what around the originals . but we don’t bother to glue them in place though .

      • says

        Debbie, I’ve had them for 4 years and have never had to change them, but all you would have to do is run a butter knife around the top where you glued it to break the seal and reglue.

  1. says

    This is one of the best DIY projects I’ve ever seen. I’m headed to Lowes in the morning to pick up some solar lights and give this a try. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    • says

      I think you will find the same lights in his directions at Wal-Mart for about 2-3 dollars. Sometimes for one dollar. I buy all mine at Wal-Mart and the glass canning jars.

  2. says

    You are one step ahead of my, Creative Girl! I just found some of these on Etsy and pinned them on Pinterest. It was on that very lengthy list of “things to try”. You’ve made it easy now – thank you for sharing your wonderful creations! I just love these. Also thought of trying them with my blue mason jars, but with my luck I’d probably get them broken.. lol.. that would be bad. -Tammy

      • says

        Bill, They are the 100 year anniversary ones or you can use vintage blue mason jars. I believe you can still purchase them trough Amazon online πŸ™‚

        • Louise says

          I like the idea of glass beads for color and stabilization. How about crumpled up tinfoil and/or some craft paint?

      • Frank! says

        Most craft or hobby stores sell liquid stain for stained glass projects with many colors to choose from. Paint on the INSIDE of the jar though and let it dry well first, then glue on the light units. If you’re REALLY creative, you could paint black lines inside the jar with a small artist’s brush. (Bend the metal part of the brush with a pliers to about a 45 degree angle, and that will make it easier to paint designs inside the jars. For indoor use, you can paint on the outsides, but the raised lettering on the jars can be a problem.) Then, fill in between the black lines with several colors of stained glass paints, and make some truly colorful lanterns, but remember… the darker colors will cut down on the amount of light from the solar light.

  3. says

    Great idea!…love it, looks fantastic! are so creative, I have ton’s of jars, I could do this and I do love this idea best, as to hubby ain’t real keen on candles, he don’t like them period.
    Open flame thing, he worrie’s about you know…FIRE!(boy-O-boy we have had enuff fire and smoke in southeast Georgia.

  4. Anonymous says

    These cast a lovely light in the evening. How clever. I love it. Thanks for sharing.

  5. says

    this is wonderful! i am totally going to do this! i have mason jars along my fence, hanging, and i was thinking candles but this is WAY better!!

  6. says

    Cool idea!! Your solar lights are pretty and white…so many of them are blue, and I don’t like that.

  7. says

    What a fun idea!! Canning jars are one of my favorite decorating accessories. They are so versatile!

  8. says

    I think I am going to try to incorporate this idea with an old chandy that I bought a Goodwill for $1.00. I am working on taking it apart, repainting, and then hanging it on my porch. What a great idea. I will see what I can come up with and post on Wow Us Wednesday on Saavy Southern Style.

  9. says

    Cute idea, they look like candles at night!!! Where I live it’s Very windy so I would probably fill the jars with pretty colored vase filler to weigh it down. Thanks for the great idea!

  10. says

    Who would have thunk it? !!!!
    I picked up four lights at Fleet Farm (love my Fleet Farm). $2 each. They are fabulous! Here’s my fun part. Big storm rolled through the other night. Thinking that we could lose power (again)I brought them inside. I put one in my bathroom. Glowed all night long. I love them. Thank you for the inspiration!

  11. Sue Maxey says

    What a great idea! I am not crafty at all! So thanks so much for sharing your creations!

  12. says

    Snooping around your blog this morn….. do you know how many times I wanted to light my walk way but candles were out of the question for one reason or another? I knew I should of snapped up the seasonal clearance solar lights!


  13. Anonymous says

    What an amazing and useful idea..i love that they are portable and can be used wherever you go! Would be fun for a romantic evening on the beach. Thanks for sharing! <3

  14. Anonymous says

    You could even color/mod podge/bake the insides of the clear jars for a bit of color! The glue should help seal them so rain water can’t streak the colors πŸ™‚ Love it!

  15. Anonymous says

    Where did you get the solar garden lights? And is there a specific size?

  16. Anonymous says

    Was thinking of adding colored glass marbles or a thin colored plastic membrane inside to give it a color.

    • says

      I put blue marbles in my jars….have them across my porch…you can find inexpensive solar lights at Dollar General for two dollars sure to keep it turned to the sun….put a lid on your jar so you never worry about wind or rain….

  17. Anonymous says

    If you glue the top on, do you ever have to worry about changing the battery?

  18. Anonymous says

    Very Nice!
    I like the light pattern given out by you leaving the clear plastic base on the solar light!
    Thanks for sharing!

  19. says

    Oh my GOODNESS!!! How smart and clever is this!!! and I love the way the glass reflects the light!!!! got to go get some mason jars~I already have the solar lights!!! So much more appealing than all the plastic!!!!! Love it!!!

    • Anonymous says

      It is easy to break the seal, if using hot glue. Just cut with a utility knife or razor blade. You can then reseal it after changing batteries. Or…glue/caulk the solar light to the screw-on mason jar lid. That makes it easy to remove the top to replace batteries, or to add pretty items to the inside of jar.

      Awesome idea, by the way. And love the photo ideas! Sooooo much safer and better than candles or oil. Thanks! ~Connie

  20. Heather says

    like the jar idea, i have put some of my lights into vases when the stem gets broken. The jars seem to give more light effect. Thanks!!!

  21. Anonymous says

    I used old bamboo tiki torches.. replace the oil can thing in the tiki torch with your solar light. Nice and tall, throws some interesting light patterns.

  22. franny d. says

    I have 6of the electric insolators,didnt know what to do with them.I am going to the store tomorrow to get solar lights.I am so excited. Had them for 3years

  23. Anonymous says

    I have also seen the mason jars wrapped around the rim with twine,leaving a loop for a handle, and then putting a tea light or small candle inside-then hang it inside or outside on a hook for cute ambiance!

  24. Anonymous says

    This is great because if there is a storm and you have no power you can bring them in the house safe and little children are not at danger, put them back out in the day to recharge themselves

  25. Anonymous says

    I did this, but glued the solar light to the rim of the lid ring without the inset and that way if the light doesn’t work, you can change it out with ease. I used the quilted jelly canning jars and painted the inside of the jars. Added a colorful ribbon on the outside of the lid. Looks great. I made a set of six for myself and six more for a present.

  26. says

    The Dollar Store lights fit really nicely on my jars; I didn’t even have to glue them. They fit right under the screw on lid of the jar. The only problem with $ store lights is they aren’t quite as bright……

  27. says

    Great timing. I had an extra solar light lying on the kitchen counter so I walked over pulled a jar from under the counter, pulled off the stake to the light and plopped in on the jar. Seconds! I love it. Look for a post about it on my blog tomorrow. for what it’s worth

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  31. Anonymous says

    Just a thought…you can use them all year long. Keep them in a sunny window in the winter. I used the solar lights when my senile dad lived here and I was afraid to use candles when we had power outages. I had to go out and pull them out of the ground. No more. How cute is that to sit on the vanity when having a party. Kathy

  32. Anonymous says

    Great idea – but.. I am thinking that if you want to re-use the jars or use lights as originally made later – DON’T use glue – they should just ‘sit’ in the jar fine without it (or use some king or more temporary glue stuff) πŸ™‚

  33. Dianne says

    If you glue the solar lights to the jar lids instead, you can change batteries on the lights if need be. It works great.

    • says

      Dianne, thanks for the tip, so far mine have been out for about 4 years and I haven’t had to change a battery yet.

  34. Linda says

    I would love to do this as we live on a horse farm and the walk from the car to the house after dark is a buggar, however we have so many animals glass would not be good. Gotta think of a plastic that I can weigh down with something.

    • Kristen Gorsuch says

      I’ve seen tupperwear that might be around the same size as these jars or look at dollar stores and then weigh down with the glass rocks or river rocks that can often be picked up pretty inexpensively at craft stores or dollar/discount stores. I’ve also seen a lantern looking one made of metal, from Ikea, that was made to put a candle in but I’m sure the solar lights would fit in that as well, you’d just pop off the top of the lantern and put in the solar light and then you could hang the lanterns, or even wire wrap the mason jars and hang them instead of having them on the ground.

    • says

      Walmart sells the mason jars in plastic now, if you’r interested in trying them and the solar lights are also plastic.

  35. Jenny says

    I have brought mine inside when I lost power…..they really do give off quite a bit of lite, and most will stay lit all nite long

  36. says

    I just saw this idea of yours on the Dollar Store Crafts blog πŸ™‚
    I’m making some hanging solar lanterns this year with glass bowls etc from dollar stores and grift stores.
    We have so many ideas in common, I just know we would be great friends in person.

  37. Michelle Jenkins says

    i bet this would be cute with the big decor stones in the jars. can change the color of rock according to the season or holiday.

  38. Robin says

    I love this idea. I was going to make something similar with a candle, but I like the idea of the solar light. I was also going to paint the inside of my jar with a mixture of Elmer’s glue, water and different colors of glitter mixed in. Can’t wait to put both of these ideas together.

  39. Mary says

    I made something like this last summer and I added a palmful of the colored glass stones that you can buy the bagful at the dollar store. The stones give the jar some weight so they don’t tip or blow over easily. and the stones look pretty. You can use a variety of things inside to give some weight, sea shells, small white landscape stones, pea gravel. Another cool idea would be to use the blue mason jars they are selling now.

    • says

      Mary, brilliant ideas πŸ™‚ I never had a problem with them tipping over but the dog did knock one down the stairs and it broke.

  40. D Jados says

    fill it with mineral water and a few drops of bleach part way to get more light

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  42. Anna says

    I wonder if you could use the glow in the dark paint as well to give it some color. I was going to try doing the glow in the dark lights this weekend.

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  44. Dwight Earl says

    I did this, but did not want to paint the jars for color, so I went to the party store and bought several different rolls of colored cellophane like you use for Easter baskets. I crumpled a different color into each jar. Instant colored lights.

  45. Paula says

    This is a great idea! The only thing is the batteries have to be changed after awhile and if the top is glued on you’d have to force the plastic top to replace the batteries.

  46. Tam says

    I keep a few cheaper solar lights in a window or under a lamp to charge, , that way if there is a power outage, you have a safe, handy light source. Be sure to tell your elderly neighbors or family this idea, my elderly neighbors family is grateful for the safe hint. Now they don’t worry so much if the power is out. .

  47. Lisa says

    Even solar lights have a battery. If you glue the lid you can’t change the battery. But for as cheap as they are, who cares???

  48. Debbie Halcott says

    I bet putting the color glass stones in the jar would also give it color.

  49. Shirlee says

    If you use the decorative jelly jars (the ones with designs in the glass – like grapes) and it creates a great light design for a table top or window sill.

  50. Denise says

    Is there any issue with condensation accumulating in the jar? Just curious as I made a DIY bird feeder made with plates and drinking glasses and condensation is an issue.

  51. Angela Rupp says

    Fantastic idea. Having a party tomorrow will line the sidewalk. Ha v e to get up early to get to go to Wally World before the crazies. Thanks muchly.

  52. mickie lomax says

    This is a great idea but I wondering with it being glass will they bust if left outside in the winter? Do you have any ideas for the winter?

  53. Linda says

    This is a wonderful idea! I had been toying with using LED lights in mason jars to hang on shepherd’s hooks as a welcome, but this is far better! And what a pleasure to see all of the creative minds sharing ideas and ‘what ifs’, too!

    • says

      Linda, that would be darling on the shepherd’s hook, all you need to do is make a wire handle.

  54. Laurie says

    I have made these before using the flat-top lid of certain solar lights and just resting them on clear vases, etc. I put a candle in the bottom of the vase and the LED light makes the candle glow as if it is lighted. Much more realistic. And you don’t have to put rocks and things in the empty space. The solar “lid” also protects the candle from the rain and falling debris.

    • says

      Laurie, I’ve never needed rocks in mine they seem to be heavy enough to stay upright, and I love the fact that I don’t have to do anything the solar feature lights up the deck πŸ™‚

  55. Jeanie says

    If you put a little round mirrow in the bottom it will creat more lummination, love your idea!

  56. Cheryl Major says

    What a great idea Dawn. I love your post and the fact the I have all on hand makes me love it more !! Thanks!!

  57. says

    I love simple and clever ideas! I actually have those garden lights. I think I need to get a few mason jars now.

    • says

      Susan this is such an easy project to do. I’ve had mine for 4 years now and they’re still working and I leave them out in the snow and everything.

  58. June says

    I have bought solar lights 3 different times over 12 years, because I would get discouraged, as several would quit working within days, I even replaced the batteries, and they wouldn’t work with the new batteries, and then the ones that did work, quit working after a few days of rain. Any suggestions welcome. I must be doing something wrong.

  59. Monique says

    I did this a couple years ago and added white decorative rocks in the mason jar they are really pretty and stand out. Thanks

  60. Monique says

    I did after my porch was redone and they really stand out, the only thing different I added white decorative rocks purchased from the $ store to decorate them. Thanks for sharing

    • says

      Monique I’ve had mine for about 4 years now and so far they are still holding up in all kinds of weather conditions. I did loose a couple to the dog knocking them over, but so far they look fantastic.

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