Allison Murray
Allison Murray
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  • Brownsville, TX

Easy Mason Jar Luminaries


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!
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These solar mason jar luminaries are super easy to make and pretty to boot!
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And look gorgeous during the day with some votives as well!
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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.
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25 questions
  • Kathy Conley Hamme
    on Nov 7, 2015

    Where can I get solar lid for masonary jars.

  • Suzanne morin
    on Nov 23, 2015

    Where can I purchase solar mason jar lids?

  • Sue Brooks
    on Dec 8, 2015

    Where can I buy the solar jar lids?

    • Allison Murray
      on Dec 8, 2015

      @Sue Brooks Ebay or Amazon. Sometimes I believe that they are available at Michael's craft stores, too.

    • Amy
      on Dec 16, 2015

      @Sue Brooks I usually find them for about $8-$10 for a 6 pack at walmart, They might be less this time of year.

  • Amy
    on Dec 15, 2015

    Why not just put the marbles INSIDE the jar?...instead of glue them on...

    • Allison Murray
      on Dec 15, 2015

      @Amy I'm not sure if I could get a light inside with the marbles too. Also I like the texture you get from the jars being on the outside.

    • Annie Doherty
      on Jun 25, 2016

      Me to I like the texture on the outside, although I have put the solar lights into the necks of jars when I wanted the solar lights to hang from trees, bushes etc and they look amazing, as the glass amplifies the light and I have found the solar light stays on for much longer just a personal viewpoint

  • Ethel Washington
    on Jan 11, 2016

    How to make them.

  • San3689859
    on Jan 17, 2016

    Where do u get directions

  • Katie
    on Jun 15, 2016

    where do you get the $1 solar lights?

  • Linda
    on Aug 7, 2016

    How do you keep the rain out of the jar?

    • BD
      on Sep 12, 2016

      The solar lights are not watertight, I have tried using poly sealant and fingernail polish with limited success. Cutting a round acrylic disc for the inside of the lid will work but is labor intensive.

    • Julie
      on Mar 13, 2017

      Use waterproof silicone caulk to seal the join between the solar light and jar lid.

    • Rory Erbeck
      on Mar 24, 2017

      I drilled a small hole in the bottom of the jar with a glass drill bit.

  • Shirley
    on Sep 27, 2016

    Where do you get these solar lights in the UK ?

    • Shawna Bailey
      on Dec 20, 2016

      You can buy them on Amazon.uk

    • Gabby Madero
      on Feb 24, 2017

      Again dollar tree. You can buy the cheap solar lights for a 1$ and just pop of the solar part out.

  • Sylvia lemaster
    on Dec 14, 2016

    What are the stones?

    • Deb
      on Dec 15, 2016

      Glass beads. They are available at most craft stores like Hobby Lobby and Michaels. Flat on one side, various colors.

    • Susan Gable Celia
      on Dec 19, 2016

      Dollar store too👌

    • Shawna Bailey
      on Dec 20, 2016

      also called glass gems

    • Gabby Madero
      on Feb 24, 2017

      Dollar tree is the best price for these gems. 1$ for a bag of 30 large and 1$ for a bag of 50 - 60 small ones.

  • Cbr22654745
    on Apr 20, 2017

    would like directions printed
  • Shannon
    on Apr 26, 2017

    It seems using the glue gun doesn't work. The glass gems are falling off after a day or so. Any suggestions

    • Judy
      on Jun 6, 2017

      I always use e6000. Perhaps you are putting on too much of it...also, I've found better to do in sections while laying jar on side to glue stones. Lastly, the glue sticks better if you wait a minute of two before applying the stones.
  • DebbieSalas
    on Apr 30, 2017

    what do you put inside of the mason jar to light it up what kind of candle or what
    • Sile
      on May 4, 2017

      a candle
    • Judy
      on Jun 6, 2017

      fairy lights would work as well...glue the battery pack to lid...
  • Bps22804154
    on May 6, 2017

    I have tried silicone caulk, E6000 glue and hot glue but the stones fall off when touched.
    • Judy
      on Jun 6, 2017

      I always use e6000. Perhaps you are putting on too much of it...also, I've found better to do in sections while laying jar on side to glue stones. Lastly, the glue sticks better if you wait a minute of two before applying the stones.
    • Gnm24864505
      on Jun 7, 2017

      I used hot glue, but The gems fell off days later
  • Kerri
    on Jun 21, 2017

    When using the E6000 glue, do you spread it on the jar or on the beads?
  • Kerri
    on Jun 21, 2017

    When using the E6000 glue, do you spread it on the jar or on the beads?
    • Debra
      on Jul 25, 2017

      I did both ways but I found spreading E6000 on jar then putting on beads was the easiest. I also used a blow dryer to speed up the dryin time. Hope that helps.
  • Kerri
    on Jun 21, 2017

    When using the E6000, do you spread in on the jar or the beads?
  • Samantha Lane
    on Jun 30, 2017

    If you don't have a hot glue gun,could you use superglue ?
    • Karen
      on Jul 3, 2017

      I've used super glue like that on a flower pot and on a glass jar. it didn't work for me. I live in a hot dry invironment and I thought it would be ok but it melted.
    • Rosa Rossiter
      on Sep 21, 2017

      I would try it. If it doesn't work, I would use something else that will work.


  • Michelle Krystosek Sigworth
    on Dec 27, 2017

    Where did you find the solar lids? How pricey?
    • Judi Marzolo Blindu
      on Jan 20, 2018

      joannes
    • Sandy Scott Holden
      on May 7, 2018

      https://gardentherapy.ca/mason-jar-solar-lights/ Basically, mason jar lids come as a full lid, or you can buy just the ringd. I just bought a pack to put in my oval crock pot to raise meat above the liquid.

    • Cindy Huff
      on Jun 16, 2018

      I really want to try this. It’s unique and beautiful.

    • Angela
      on Aug 12, 2018

      I've seen people using the light parts from those pathway lights from like the dollar store (the ones you stick into the ground?)

    • Joy
      on Aug 30, 2018

      I made mine using mason jar solar lids with attached lights. You can find them online they are not expensive and they are so beautiful. I have them hanging along my driveway and on my patios. No worrying about baterries or timers!

      Good Luck!

  • Deb32906093
    on Mar 15, 2018

    I have made about 3 of these. the lights work for about 1 day and then then do not work after that. I even bought new batteries and have tried cheap and expensive solar stakes. Any ideas?

  • Mary Lilley
    on Aug 13, 2018

    Am I missing something. You mentioned batteries. What are you putting the batteries in inside the jar?

  • Amber Foor
    on Sep 16, 2018

    How are you getting the blue affect?

  • Ros34134203
    on Sep 22, 2018

    can i put a candle in it? for the light?

  • Courtney
    on Dec 8, 2018

    What type of light is inside?

  • Rita Baer
    on Jan 3, 2019

    Where can you buy the solar lids?

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