Solar Mason Jar Crackle Globe

This is one of my favorite craft ideas this year!
Some things from around the house....and a less than $5 item from Home Depot are all you need to get started!
Gather up your Solar Crackle Glass ornament from Home Depot, a mason jar, wired ribbon, wire, scissors, and rock salt!
Voila!! A beautiful pattern will appear in your window, your ceiling....and its all created without electricity!
Assemble all your ingredients!
Jar, rock salt, wired ribbon, florist's wire, and your solar crackle glass globe from Home Depot....and scissors!
Disconnect the "candy cane" part by simply twisting off
Add rock salt to your jar....almost to the top with a little space to accommodate the globe stem
there you go!!
now it's Bow Time!
Make one center loop, then continue bending your wired ribbon back and forth until you get the size you like....after making a large LOOP on the bottom - which will be the tails....
Bend a piece of wire - about 14 inches long - in half. Place the center "fold" through the middle of your bow, then twist it tight by spinning the bow around! Leave your wire tails as this is what you will use to secure the bow to your jar!
Pull the large bottom loop down until you have its center point. Cut!
Fold the ends of the cut loop in half and cut at an angle to one end point!
Secure your bow around the lowest ring on the neck of your jar!
Making use of the wired ribbon, fluff and primp your bow to your liking!
Insert your globe into the rock salt, twisting to secure it....
Set your finished project in an area where it can absorb sunlight....and then.....

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Have a question about this project?

3 of 12 questions
  • Jan Winckel-Smith
    on Dec 5, 2015

    Once you put the salt in the jar, what is the next step to making it light up? How long will they stay lit?

  • Mst3150633
    on Dec 6, 2015

    what is the purpose of the rock saly? Is it the salt that comes in 40lb bags for your water softener?

    • Dottie Unruh
      on Dec 7, 2015

      @Msteri I suspect it's only to provide weight and to steady the solar light. You could use ice cream salt which comes in smaller packages from the super market. e

  • Carolyn Noyer
    on Jul 21, 2016

    Does the salt light up any? Is that what makes the sparkle pattern?

    • Shari Roten
      on Jul 21, 2016

      The sakt us really just a stabilizer. The crackle glass if the globe itself is what creates the glow!

Join the conversation

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  • Meem Kaplan
    on Jan 9, 2016

    Hey you Washingtonians! We have agates galore on our beaches. That's what I will use in the mason jar!

    • Lisa DeBose
      on Jan 25, 2016

      I bet you've found the most amazing ones for jewelry! That would be fun to go scavenging

  • SnowKnitty
    on Nov 30, 2019

    Harbor Freight currently has these without the gaudy red plastic base at a lower price (3 for $9.99).

    I've used these for outdoor lighting in a concrete base and they are lovely!

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