Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Mason Jar Solar Light

Hi.  I FINALLY got around to doing a project I’ve wanted to do since LAST spring.  It’s the mason jar solar light.  I’ve seen a few tutorials for them online.  I wish I could post a link but since it’s been a year I don’t know where I first saw it.  Pinterest most likely!
Anyway, here’s the final product!
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Not the best picture, but you get the idea.  I take most all of my pictures with my phone, but it fails me with low light shots.
I did get some good progress shots though.
What You Need
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A glass jar with a metal lid
An inexpensive solar light
Sharpie/marker and a pen or pencil
E6000 glue
piece of paper (not too thick)
Hammer
Chisel or nail
Scrap wood
Silicone caulk (optional)

1.The first thing I did was to take a piece of paper and lay it on top of the solar light.  I then traced the solar panel onto the paper with a pen.  Then I cut out the piece.  This will be your template for the lid opening.  I don’t have a picture of this but you can see the piece of paper in the next step.
2.Next, I used my paper template to mark the opening on my jar lid with a Sharpie.  This is where you will make an opening for the solar panel to get light.
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3. After marking my opening, I used a hammer and chisel to cut it out.  I did not do this successfully on the grass. lol  I would suggest doing this on a piece of scrap wood.  The chisel works best if you have something firm under what you’re working on, but something that the chisel can go into as well.  Wood is perfect for this.  If you don’t have a chisel, a nail will work to.  You just make a series of punctures around your opening until the area is cut out.
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4.  If you haven’t already, you will need to take the top off of your solar light.  Mine only required a turn to get it off.  (I recommend buying the light at Dollar Tree or another dollar type store.) Once I removed the light I glued it to the underside of my jar lid making sure to line up the solar panel on my light with the opening on my lid.  I also used glue to fill in any cracks between the light and the lid to keep out water.  I think for the next ones I will just run a bead of clear silicone around the opening instead.  The glue was not as water tight as I had wanted.
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5.  My solar light has an on and off switch near the light bulb so I made sure to turn it on before finally screwing the lid onto the jar. 
This was a really simple project and I am very happy with it.  I plan to make many more!  If you decide to make one let me know in the comments or on my Facebook page.  I’d love to see it!

God Bless!

Jenny

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