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DIY Solar Lamp

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 however 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!
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      1. Connie they are from Menards and they are hot glued on.

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

          1. Sharon, Some people use the blue or green mason jars for color πŸ™‚

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

          3. Brilliant idea Mona πŸ™‚

          4. 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.

          5. Mary, I know…I think the took bloggers ideas and ran with it. LOL

          6. 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.

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

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

        1. Janice, I bet you can just make sure they are the same size as the jar you are using.

          1. If they r for kids use plastic Mayonnaise jars incase of accidents!! No one gets cut incase of breakage.

          2. Hazel, great idea. My kids are grown so I have no worries here.

        2. Dagmar Bastiks says:

          I have found cheap solar lights at the local dollar store in Jacksonville, FL

      3. Alicia D Harvin says:

        you can get the screw on lights on ebay! Kinda pricey!

        1. Alicia I think they invented those after I made mine.

          1. You should have patented these. Great idea. Beautiful ideas.

          2. Jeri, thank you. They are fun to make and I think a lot of people are making them.

      4. 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.

        1. Linda, brilliant idea πŸ™‚ Thanks for the tip.

        2. That’s a great idea!!!! :):)

          1. Kathy and they last for years even out in the weather.

      5. 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

      6. Also check the Dollar store. Where i got mine.

    1. Ruth Griffin says:

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

      1. I agree Ruth πŸ™‚ they seem to break very easy and you are left with just the top portion.

    2. 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.

      1. Judy, great idea πŸ™‚ Thanks for the tip!

    3. 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.

      1. Vicky, that’s a great use for them πŸ™‚

    4. 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 .

      1. Ruth, I have to glue or my dog knocks them off.

    5. What happens when you need to change the battery???

      1. 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. Cute cute cute!
    Dropping by from Met Monday. I hope you’ll come see the safari nursery.


  2. 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!

    1. 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.

      1. Mickey, I have never checked Walmart but as long as they are the correct size they will work.

  3. Visiting from Met Monday. Not only do I like this, but I have extra solar lights not being used in my garage. Thanks for the ispiration!

  4. 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

      1. 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™‚

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

          1. Louise, you could do almost anything with them.

      2. Menards has them 6 pk for around $9.00

        1. Michele that’s a great price and that’s where I purchased them years ago.

      3. 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.

        1. Frank, brilliant idea and sounds like it gives off a beautiful color.

  5. Great idea!…love it, looks fantastic!..you 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.

  6. I have to admit this is something I would never have thought of. I like it!

  7. Anonymous says:

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

  8. I love this idea and will definitely be trying it out!

  9. Saw your link at the Parrtay going on, by the way of Debbiedoos. Great Idea!!!

    Peace, Love & Decorate

  10. 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!!

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

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

  13. What a great idea. I’ve seen those solar lights but wasn’t sure if they actually worked. Good to know they do!

  14. 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.

  15. Love this idea!! I would even wrap wire around them and hang them somehow.

  16. 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!

  17. 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!

  18. LOVE MASON JARS!!! LOVE THIS IDEA!! This will be our project next week! Thank you for this idea!! ;0)

  19. Sue Maxey says:

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

  20. Wow dawn these are GENIUS!…I am so gonna be doing these! Clever lady!


  21. 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!


  22. 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

  23. Anonymous says:

    This could be really beautiful in the old greenish-blue jars too.

  24. 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!

  25. Wow! Love this! I am pinning it. Thank you. πŸ™‚

  26. Anonymous says:

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

  27. Anonymous says:

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

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

  28. I did this but i put decorative rocks in the bottom of the jar.

  29. Anonymous says:

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

    1. I have solar lights too. I do like this idea, but Yes, eventually you will need to replace the battery. If you glue this on, you will not be able to access the battery compartment. Batteries only last a few years.

  30. Anonymous says:

    I have a cabin and would love to do this!!! GREAT idea!!!!!

  31. 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!

  32. 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!!!

  33. Anonymous says:

    Cool idea, except for when the battery dies, there’s no way to change it if you use glue

    1. 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

      1. of course. Didnt thing about attaching to the screw on lid. Now this is a really great idea. πŸ™‚

        1. Dan, it works great and I have had mine for about 3 years now.

  34. 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!!!

  35. 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.

  36. 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

  37. 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!

  38. 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

  39. 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.

    1. I did the same things and even added a ribbon around the edge and painted the jars with colored mod podge.

  40. 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……

  41. 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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  45. 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

  46. 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™‚

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

    1. 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.

  48. 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.

    1. 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.

      1. Kristen, yes I have seen them used in many ways too and love all the looks.

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

    3. Mayo jars seem to take the same size lids. Mom used them for canning years ago!

      1. Judy I used small mouth jars, they were the exact size of my lights.

  49. 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

    1. Jenny, good for you Im so glad they worked out πŸ™‚

  50. 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.

  51. 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.

  52. 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.

    1. Robin, brilliant idea girl they will look marvelous.

  53. 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.

    1. 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.

    1. Sharron, that would be a great idea and there is plenty of room.

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

    1. I never knew this. Thank you for the tip πŸ™‚

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  56. 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.

    1. Anna, I have used the blue mason jars for color but never tried to paint them πŸ™‚

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  58. 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.

    1. Great idea, I just left my jars clear for the natural look. So glad it worked for you πŸ™‚

  59. 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.

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  61. When the power goes off just bring them inside.

    1. Mary, Yes they work great for that πŸ™‚

  62. 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. .

    1. Dorothy, just the top portion of a solar garden light stake.

  63. 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???

    1. Lisa, so far I have had them for over 4 years and haven’t had to replace a battery πŸ™‚

  64. Debbie Halcott says:

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

      1. Debbie Halcott says:

        The color glass stones will also give it more weight so that it won’t fall over πŸ™‚

  65. 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.

  66. 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.

  67. 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.

    1. Angela, that will be beautiful for a party πŸ™‚

  68. 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?

  69. Mickie Lomax says:

    Thanks this winter I will do this

  70. 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!

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

  71. 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.

    1. 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™‚

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

  73. 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!!

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

    1. 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.

  75. If you also put a few glass pebbles inside for reflection its even better

  76. 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.

    1. June, I always purchase the ones from Menards and I’ve had them for 5 years without any of them going out.

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

    1. Brilliant idea Monique I bet they’re beautiful.

  78. 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

    1. 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.

    1. Sara thank you for stopping by and taking the time to comment. Mine have lasted for years.

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  80. Came in via Pinterest!
    I love this idea and have done something similar — not requiring glue!
    I stick these babies in my gardens and set globes from thrift stores on them. You know, like those 80s chandelier globes? Sometimes, the kind that have a hole in the top. I lean them towards the sun, but set the globes on straight. When I come home at night, my gardens look like they have bubbles in them. Love it! πŸ™‚

    Thanks for sharing!

  81. Tracee Pettee says:

    What a great bunch of ideas! I’m going to incorporate several of these ideas into the glass sculptures I make.There are many ways to color mason jars yourself, I have used acrylic paints on the insides and outsides of the jars. I have also used Gallery Glass liquid stain which is amazing and lastly, you can mix clear Elmers glue with a few drops of acrylic paint for a transparent look or white Elmers for an opaque look. Find me on Pinterest and grab some of my ideas and share some of yours!

  82. Larry Lou Anders says:

    A while back Wal-Mart sold instant coffee in a small jar and my solar lights fit inside just about 1/8 of an inch, then lightly used my glue gun for a light but secure seal to keep rain, and other moisture out.. I put marbles in the jar half way up, added the solar light to the jar and made the greatest path lights ever. I also painted on them and they lasted through summer and winter for appx 3-4 yrs and I then retired them from my front walk way to the back and put replaced them with regular lights πŸ™‚ Thanks for your post, reminds me to change out some other lights πŸ™‚ Love your ideas on your blog!

    1. Larry, brilliant and what a great way to reuse the jars.

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