Friday, October 23, 2009

Sun/Solar Jars

I've been wanting to make these for quite a while but took my time sourcing the materials. A friend said he had made a bunch and put them out on the back railing. They charge all day and at night they come alive in fun festive colors. I have to give Not Martha credit for her great instructions but I didn't want to get into frosting the glass so I opted for translucent goodie bags instead.

Here are my sources:

- Target: $4 individual solar lawn lights with tops that pop off easily.
- Sur La Table: ordered 12 Fido canning jars for the same price as the Ikea version.
- Party Store: Colored goodie bags


1) Pop off the top of the solar lights so you have the solar panel and light unit as one separate unit.
2) Use some sort of adhesive such as blue tack to adhere to the light unit underside of the glass lid (*you must use a jar with a glass lid or the solar panels can't charge the batteries.)
3) Fill the jar with a transparent or translucent substance such as colored goodie bags (or tissue paper, gift wrap, etc..)

I bought some stickers to cover up the adhesive on the jar lid. The variations on this are almost endless. The big downside to making a sun jar is that you have to waste the bottom part of the solar lawn light. Hopefully soon we can source the solar light units separately.

These jars make great yard decorations, gifts, toys for older kids, nightlights and more!

Try making a few and comment on your experience!

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