DIY Solar Lantern - Luminary Jar

5 Materials
15 Minutes

Up-cycle an old jelly jar into something useful and decorative for your backyard patio area!

Gather Materials Needed for DIY Solar Lantern

  • Empty jar (I used a small jelly jar.)
  • Flat Glass Marbles (mine are from Dollar General Store)
  • Solar Lamp (mine is from Dollar General Store)
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • E6000 Adhesive

Attach Glass Marbles to Jar

There are several different methods that you can try to attach the glass marbles to the glass jar... from my experience, I recommend using a combination of E6000 with hot glue. The E6000 glue does require a little bit of drying time, therefore the need to use hot glue with it... the hot glue holds the glass marbles in place UNTIL the E6000 has a chance to totally adhere the marbles to the jar.

(Since I originally created this solar lantern project, I have since been informed that and outdoor-grade clear silicone may also work for this type of project.)

I discovered that beginning the marbles at the bottom of the jar and using somewhat of a random pattern for the marbles seemed to work best. All of my marbles varied in size, and made it impossible to get a perfect design/pattern anyway. Therefore, go for more of a random pattern - just be sure to attempt to fill in any large gaps/empty spaces between the marbles as you progress.

NOTE: Using only hot glue will not work IF you plan to use the solar lantern outdoors... the change in temperature will cause the glass beads to pop off the jar. IF using this lantern indoors, hot glue will work perfectly!

As you near the top of the jar - around the rim - be sure to keep any marbles below the rim of the jar... to be sure that you will have plenty of space to attach your solar lamp (in the following step).

Attach solar lamp to jar

Disassemble the solar lamp by removing the stake. Mine was a quick and easy procedure to just unscrew from the lamp unit.

Using the E6000 adhesive, attach the solar lamp to the top rim of the jelly jar. It is important that the solar panel still be visible at the top of the lantern - to ensure that it can acquire solar light and fully function / light-up properly.

Allow the E6000 to fully dry before handling.

Use Your New Solar Lantern to Light-Up Your Favorite Outdoor Space

These DIY solar lanterns are perfect for adding ambient lighting along walkways, on picnic tables, tucked in a container of flowers, nestled among plants in a garden, etc. Get creative! You can even add a wire hanger and display from lower level tree branches in your backyard!

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Have a question about this project?

3 of 5 questions
  • Karen
    on Jul 18, 2020

    how did you cut through the lid and keep the edge intact to screw with onto the jar and still let the light through?

  • Sharon Bristow
    on Jul 18, 2020

    Curious as to exactly how to use hot glue and E6000 together?

    • My Sweet Home
      on Jul 18, 2020

      Hi Sharon!

      Just put a dab of E6000 on the marble first. Then, apply a dab of hot glue right beside or on top of the E6000 ... then press the marble to the jar for a second to make sure the hot glue holds it in place. 😊

  • Mary
    on Jul 19, 2020

    What is the name of the outdoor grade clear silicone you discovered since first making this?

    • Bernice H
      7 days ago

      I use GE ll clear silicone for bath..outdoor etc.

      i start from the bottom so the marbles won’t slide...after I have let the bottom ones set a while. They then hold the others From sliding. I recently used DAP ..clear..which goes on white,then takes a couple of days to clear. SAFE FOR outdoors.

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2 of 8 comments
  • Lynne
    on Jul 19, 2020

    so cute, and fun!!

  • Janet
    on Jul 20, 2020

    I used pink marbles on an outdoor project and in no time they faded to completely clear

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