This simple DIY project will teach you how to make Solar Mason Jar Lights or solar lanterns for two bucks each. It’s a fast and easy DIY project which you can make from materials you can get from the Dollar Tree.
All you need is this little jar and a solar light.
You can find these jars in the candle aisle of Dollar Tree store and the solar lights in the gardening aisle. They come in four different colors. You can also check in the glassware aisle or their floral aisle. You can also make tabletop lights or lanterns. We are going to do both here.
You can hang these mason jar solar lights in different places of your house or even use then as a nightlight for your bedroom. There are a ton of different ways you can use them.
Here are some of the jars available in the Dollar Tree that you can use.
Okay so let’s get started. It’s super easy to do these solar lights and lanterns.
Remove the bottom stick of the solar light and place it in the jar
If it fits nicely as in the above case there is no need to secure it at all. As seen in the picture above it fits in nicely inside the jar with a little bit of a wiggle space to be able to remove it to clean the jar.
If you want to secure it just grab a little bit of hot glue and glue either at the bottom portion of the rim or both and stick it together.
If you put the glue, wait until the hot glue dries and then put the light in so that it has a little nice base to sit in instead of just hot gluing it right in there.
The mason jars used here came with a little charm that was untwisted to put in jute string to hang the lantern.
In this case, two jute strings 16-inch pieces have been used. You should measure what is right for you. You must position the string equally on each side of the glass, opposite from one another so that it does not end up hanging lopsided.
Here the strings were put in making sure that they had about eight inches of each side. Depending on how you want to hang your lantern, you could end up using 20 to 24 inches of string per.
Turn the wire to make sure that it’s nice and tight and then you can secure the string in place by taking a little bit of hot glue and sticking it where the string is, to make sure that it stays put.
Just apply the quick drops of glue and make sure you let them dry before you go to hang them
…and you are all set.
Next is a mason jar solar light with a quilted crystal half-pint jar. For this, you will not use the top of the lid. You will only need the rim.
The solar light used also has a quilted look to it so it’s going to refract more light than a standard glass jar would.
For this Lantern, a 24-inch piece of jute string has been used but again you can adjust that depending on whatever length you need. This will require a little bit of elbow grease because you need to put the string on the top of the solar light, and put the rim on it and push it down so that all the pieces fit tight.
To do it the right way, first, measure to the halfway point of the string and lay it across the top of the solar light. Then take the rim and place it over the string and the solar light. This is where you will need a little bit of pressure, you want to keep the string in place as you push the rim down.
You also want the bottom of the rim to line up with the bottom of the solar light. So just keep pushing that down until they match each other. Make sure you’re doing it as gently as possible so that you’re not moving the top of that string
Once you’ve got the lid assembled you can essentially put it on any sized mason jar and you’re pretty much done!
This is the easiest project ever and the supplies are inexpensive but of really good quality.
You will be surprised how bright these mason jar solar lights are when you put them out so you’re going to get a good bang for your buck with this one!