Mason Jar Solar Light DIY

Mason Jar Solar Light DIY


This is all over Pinterest but I thought that I would show you how to make a simple lantern with a $2.00 solar light and a mason jar.  There are a few ways of going about it.

1)  Use Mason Jars with Lids that you find at a Thrift Store.

2)  Use Classico Tomato Sauce Jars and Lids

3) Buy the Limited Edition Blue Ball Jars!!

Mason Jar Solar Light DIY

Buy them HERE.

I used the Classico Lid and the Blue Jars.  The lid fits perfectly!!

Mason Jar Solar Light DIY

You will need a jar with a lid, bailing wire (Home Depot), a pair of needle nose pliers, solar lights, kitchen shears or tin snips and E-600 glue.

Mason Jar Solar Light DIY

I measured the size of the solar light and traced it onto the Classico Lid and then using sharp kitchen shears I cut it out.

Mason Jar Solar Light DIY

This is the easiest way to get the cut started and then just follow the lines.  Be Careful!

Mason Jar Solar Light DIY

Prime the lids and then spray with Oil Rubbed Bronze paint.

Mason Jar Solar Light DIY

Remove the solar cell from the light.  It’s easy, it pops right off.  Clean up the cut edges if you want.

Mason Jar Solar Light DIY

Use E-600 glue on the OUTSIDE egde of the solar light.  That way when you place it onto the lid the glue doesn’t interfere with the solar panel.

Mason Jar Solar Light DIY

Let dry for 24 hours if you can wait that long!  I used painters tape to hold them together while they dried.

Mason Jar Solar Light DIY

Using bailing wire, wrap the top of the jar once around then make a loop to hang it.  I found great instructions HERE.

Mason Jar Solar Light DIY

I hung mine on my fence posts.  The wire looks a little wonky because I looped it around the hook so it wouldn’t blow away.  We live in a wind-tunnel!

Mason Jar Solar Light DIY

One of these days I will get a photo without the doggie photo-bomb!

They worked great!!

***Update….At WalMart I found a solar light that fits exactly into the outer ring of the Ball Lid.  (No cutting required) They are $4.00 per light.  I just took the lid with me and tried each one until I found one that fit.

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  • thriftdee October 06, 2018 at 01:46pm

    Hi Taylor!
    I found the solar lights in the garden section of Walmart. I just took the top part off and used that. Thanks for reading!

  • taylor September 09, 2018 at 01:21am

    great idea.
    where did you get the solar/light parts to attach to the lids?

  • thriftdee June 29, 2015 at 08:39pm

    Pretty Woman< Great question!! Mine are not water-proof. I need to find a better seal solution.

  • Nora April 18, 2015 at 02:18am

    I added clear and blue glass pebbles to the bottom, it kept them from swinging and the pebbles reflected the light. Mine also filled up with water, I am going to try to get a better seal when I redo them this summer.

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  • Shirley Tedder April 07, 2015 at 12:29am

    These are so awesome, can’t wait to try out your idea. There were many other tutorials on Pinterest, but yours had the clearest instructions, and best pictures to go along with them. Thank you so much for making this great, informative tutorial for us…

  • Pretty Woman March 16, 2015 at 04:40pm

    Okay Dee how do I prevent water getting inside the jar?

  • Patty January 01, 2015 at 03:50pm

    Can’t wait to try.

  • Leslie Hoenig December 17, 2014 at 05:25am

    Could you post a link to the * walmart solar lights you mention in your update?
    Please & thank you =)

  • yvonne thiessen October 12, 2014 at 05:16pm

    this is such a great idea!

  • tiffan6 August 14, 2014 at 05:22am

    I’d love to see a picture of these in action at night 😉

  • Paulette April 16, 2014 at 03:03pm

    I found lights at dollar tree that fits good in a ring on the canning jars

  • Betty February 13, 2014 at 04:45pm

    Finally, a way to do these that I can afford

  • Sharon November 11, 2013 at 08:01pm

    Okay, I am dying to try these but I cannot find the lights! I have been to Home Depot, Lowes, Batteries Plus, Walmart, Tractor Supply inc. and also looked on-line. Perhaps I just don’t have the right word for on-line but the rest of the places look at me like I am CRAZY! Can anyone tell me where to get the lights? As far as water getting in the jars, I would use some clear cilicone to seal it or some E-6000 glue.

  • Pam August 17, 2013 at 04:26am

    Saw this on Hometalk and went to your site. Just bought a case of the blue jars and going to make some for my patio. Great idea

  • Cindy August 16, 2013 at 08:27pm

    Can’t wait to try this, I have a bunch of jars from my grand daughters’ wedding. Maybe this will make some great Christmas gifts!

  • Betty August 11, 2013 at 08:00pm

    do you have the skew # for the solar light from Walmart that fits the outer ring of the Ball lid so I’ll be sure and get the right ones. Thank you soooo much for this neat idea…..

  • Marika Ujvari August 11, 2013 at 07:53pm

    Love it!!!

  • Wanda August 11, 2013 at 02:35am

    I love this idea. I had some lights in my garden; looked so pretty at night, but the dog ate everyone of them. 🙁

  • Carolyn Manns August 11, 2013 at 02:19am

    Great idea. Thanks.

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  • Susan July 29, 2013 at 12:18am

    Just wanted to say thank you for posting. They are just beautiful. Do you know if we can buy the solar lights with out buying the whole fixture?

  • Petronella July 28, 2013 at 03:40am

    Hi Love It can you email It for me.
    Thank You

  • Joan July 10, 2013 at 08:18pm

    I love this idea and I actually tried it. The only problem I found was that the jars filled up with water when it rained. Did you take yours in or did you use some kind of sealer on the top to prevent rain from getting in?

  • sally July 07, 2013 at 06:06pm

    Hi Laura! Hope you are having a GREAT summer! THIS a terrific project!
    Thanks for sharing!
    It would be fun to try to do with Sunday School Kids! Love, sally jefferson

  • Barbara July 07, 2013 at 04:43am

    Great idea! Can’t wait to DIY your idea. Thanks for sharing:-)

  • Toni July 06, 2013 at 07:02am

    Thanks for the great instructions. I think I may use glass paint on the inside of the jars. That way I can have what ever color I want.

  • Jan July 06, 2013 at 02:25am

    I have used the .97 ones and tried, didn’t do a good cut, but they’re cut!. Will try and find same size light and try again. I agree, these are catching on and Walmart may not clearance lights or jars. 🙁

  • Colette Weber July 06, 2013 at 01:09am

    Fabulous instructions!!! Thank you! I’d rather have them in jars than in the ground anyway!I’m going to try this!
    Thank you!!!! God Bless!

  • Judith July 05, 2013 at 11:22pm

    Wonderful idea. thanks for the instructions.

  • Lana Robbins July 05, 2013 at 11:17pm

    Sometimes you can find the solar lights on stakes at Dollar Tree stores.

  • freda July 05, 2013 at 08:42pm

    can’t wait to try. i’ve been wanting to put more lights out. this is perfect. thanks for sharing.

  • maralyn lill July 05, 2013 at 06:02pm

    Wonderful idea. I plan on making several. I can’t get all of the pictures only the very tops. Can you help?

  • Bonnie Lou Gates July 05, 2013 at 02:39pm

    Great ideas

  • Sandra G July 05, 2013 at 02:37pm

    Awesome idea , very easy to make and can be replaced easy enough. Love the idea of hanging them around to light up dark spaces that just need a little light!

  • Meghan @JaMonkey July 05, 2013 at 02:33pm

    I love these. I made mason jar soap dispensers so I have extra jars. I’m totally making these with the remainder of them.

  • janet July 05, 2013 at 01:57pm

    What a fun idea. Can’t wait to try it.

  • Tuan Jinn July 05, 2013 at 01:52pm

    Really awesome. Will try

  • bev July 05, 2013 at 01:07pm

    These are terrific! Will share with my friends. Hoping Walmart will “clearance” price the solar lights by end of season…but with this great idea, they may not…demand will be too great! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  • kristen May 31, 2013 at 07:00pm

    I LOVE this!!! I’d love to see a pic of them in the evening!