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Easy Mason Jar Luminaries

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Looking for a way to incorporate some new, fresh lighting to my front porch I went in search of inexpensive DIY options. A lot of the store-bought solar lights were either expensive or if decently priced, boring.
Instead of just settling I searched around and found some absolutely amazing lids that turned mason jars into solar lights. I was instantly sold and bought a few immediately!
This tutorial is just about as simple as it gets. You glue one thing onto another thing which makes it great for crafters of ANY experience level.
Set outside these beauties cast interesting blue shapes along my porch floor and I've gotten more than a few compliments on them.
If you're really about the DIY, I've also found and linked to a fab tutorial to make the solar light lids yourself - and with lots of the little cheapie lights going on sale right now, it's a great time to make them yourself!
Check out my tutorial over at Mom Spark for the full details!
These solar mason jar luminaries are super easy to make and pretty to boot!
And look gorgeous during the day with some votives as well!
Check out my super easy tutorial at Mom Spark!
FYI - a lot are having problems with the hot glue sticking. In a newer project I used clear silicone caulk and it worked fabulously. I left that sucker out in the heat and the cold and nothing fell off anywhere. I've also heard good results with super industrial strength glues like e6000.

To see more: http://www.dreamalittlebigger.com/post/easy-mason-jar-luminaries.html

Ask the creator about this project

  • Miriam I
    Miriam I Bay Shore, NY
    on Sep 12, 2014

    Oh my goodness, these are amazing, as is your photography!

  • Shirley Kalinosky
    Shirley Kalinosky Philipsburg, PA
    on Sep 13, 2014

    Read all the pages and 'liked' the "Mom Spark" page on FB. This is sooo simple and beautiful Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  • Rebecca Platt
    Rebecca Platt Muskegon, MI
    on Sep 21, 2014

    Hate to be a naysayer but these beads will not stay on using hot glue. In cooler weather, they will start to pop off. Trust me on this. There are a number of sites that point this out. I have made a number of these and they have lasted through Michigan wintersYou have to use GE Silcone waterproof sealant (clear kind). But I have a question, where did you get solar powered lids? I've never heard of such a thing.

    • Lynn
      Lynn Axis, AL
      on Oct 7, 2017

      Amazon has mason jar lids with solar lights attached.

  • Rebecca Platt
    Rebecca Platt Muskegon, MI
    on Sep 21, 2014

    Here's the link if you want to check out the other method of making the jars. http://www.hometalk.com/1344487/how-to-make-garden-treasure-jars. If that doesn't work the blog is called, empressofdirt.

  • Dee-bee
    Dee-bee
    on Oct 20, 2014

    I used E6000 glue and they stuck better. Hot glue ones just kept falling off. Be sure you do it in a well ventilated place though as it's strong smelling. It holds them forever it seems like.

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