Glass Marble Patio Light

4 Materials
2 Days

Some flat glass dollar store marbles, silicone glue, and a recycled idea for a pretzel rod container, adding in a battery operated LED light and you can make a beautiful and bright for your garden or patio. stop by to see the full tutorial!
I am the kind of person who loves to save money. I love to use things and recycle, because it makes me feel like I get more for my money.
So when I buy things like pretzel rods, which I normally don’t buy unless I am being extravagant, I like to know that the pretzels are enjoyed and I can continue on with the container and create something with that as well.
Silly, maybe, but I love when I create something super useful- this DIY Glass Marble Patio Light.
Add a dot of glue onto each marble. then start at the bottom and adhere around the lower part of the container.
Stack the marbles around the container. Allow drying time every couple of rows if you see the marble begin to shift or fall down.
Once the whole container is covered, add the smaller stones around the lid, and decorate the top as well, filling in with the smaller stones in gaps.
Just open the lid and turn off the light, it’s safe outside with the lid back on.

Suggested materials:

  • Silicone,
  • Plastic container
  • Glass marbles  (dollar store)
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Have a question about this project?

3 of 9 questions
  • Mary Church
    on Jun 30, 2016

    What do you use for light?

    • Lisa Sinclair
      on Jan 4, 2019

      Battery operated fairy lights would be great! They have a steady mode, or they can twinkle. And a lot of them have timers, so they'll turn on, and off , at the same time every night.

  • Mary Hofstra
    on Oct 1, 2016

    I buy pretzel rods at Aldi that come in a big container but the lid is brown. The light wouldn't show through it very well. What color was your lid?

    • Lisa Sinclair
      on Jan 4, 2019

      Looks like she used a tub with a clear plastic lid. I buy these at Walmart, or Aldis.

  • Donna Cobler
    on Jul 17, 2017

    Where do you buy the battery LED lights?
    • Betty
      on Sep 17, 2017

      IKEA also carries them, plus they carry extra batteries.

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  • Sharon Taylor
    on Sep 20, 2019

    Yes I would love to try.

  • NC Mammie
    on Jan 16, 2020

    A canning jar works best. I have antique ones with the glass lids and the wire closure. The lids set on top, leaving the wire closure hanging down for added country look. Fairy string lights in any color will give you the delightful ambience you are looking for and they come in all colors or a scented/unscented tealight is very pretty as well. Clear, flat dollar tree stones will let any color lights be seen through for perfect color settings. You can set the stones easily, non slip, using E6000 glue, sold in Walmart & craft stores. A SMALL dot on each one, hold for about 30 seconds each. I stagger mine. Any openings let the light shine through as rays

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