Helen
Helen
  • Tutorial Team
  • Bel Air, MD

Solar Stained Glass Hanging Lights

8 Materials
$6
24 Hours
Easy

I always love solar lights around my home. I used a glass candlestick glued to small cup/vase at Easter. Now that Easter is over and spring is in full swing, I decided to repurpose.

solar stained glass hanging lights

This is the completed project..... See later pics for illumination.

solar stained glass hanging lights

Items used to create solar stained glass light.

solar stained glass hanging lights

First take 2-3 drops of food coloring mixed with 1/4 cup Mod Podge. Using small paint brush add one color at a time to inside of glass cups.

solar stained glass hanging lights

Flip upside down allowing paint to drip out to paper plate.

solar stained glass hanging lights

Note: just below candlestick top of cup area left unpainted allowing sun to charge solar panel.

solar stained glass hanging lights

Next step: turn oven on to LOWEST TEMP. Place glass upside down on foil lined cookie sheet for 10 minutes. Carefully flip glass over for another 20 minutes. Cool completely.

solar stained glass hanging lights

Close up looks like stained glass.

solar stained glass hanging lights

Using E6000 add to black outer area on light.

solar stained glass hanging lights

Close up.

solar stained glass hanging lights

Now attach to glass cup. Allow to dry overnight.

solar stained glass hanging lights

Attach heavy gauge wire around candle stick add another piece of wire and loop around the attached candle stick wire. This will assure light hangs evenly and can be adjusted. Secure wire with needle nose plier.

solar stained glass hanging lights
solar stained glass hanging lights
solar stained glass hanging lights
solar stained glass hanging lights

Here is a pic of both lights with full solar effect.

I really love the day and night look of this craft.

ADDITIONAL INFO:

so my piece has been outside a few days and yesterday we had major rain. I would advise using a varnish inside before glue solar light! This should prevent clouding and peeling... 🤔

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Have a question about this project?

3 questions
  • Carol Cook Lucas
    on Jun 8, 2019

    I wasn’t sure how well the solar lights would recharge? Any issues or advice on thickness of glass?

  • Robyn Garner
    on Jun 12, 2019

    E6000 should not be able to be removed. What will you do when the solar light dies?

    • Helen
      on Jun 12, 2019

      for $3 I’d redo but this time use sealer inside.

  • Ellen Kirby
    on Jun 15, 2019

    Has anyone ever used their microwave to “bake” the colors into the glass?

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