This is one of those projects that has been on my radar for a while. And now that I’ve finally made my own solar lights from blue jars, I’m kicking myself for waiting so long.
I have collected vintage blue Ball jars for years, but I decided to purchase the new blue jars for this projects. Mostly because I wasn’t sure how the vintage versions would hold up outside. They were around $1.66/jar.
Then, I took the jar to the solar lights section at Menards and checked out my options. I wanted something that was around the same color as the mason jar lids and roughly the same circumference.
I picked a stainless solar light on clearance for $1. The top was almost identical in circumference to the screw lid. This is all you need to make your own.
I simply disassembled all the parts.
And then I used Gorilla Glue (not sponsored) to attach the bottom of the solar panel portion to the screw lid. (I just glued the edges and then set a book on top for a few hours until it was well attached).
Plus, the jars match the aqua and red on our barn patio. For around $3/each, I think they pack a great punch.
I actually hung onto the original stakes, because I’m thinking about gluing them to the stake eventually and using them for walkway lighting at the barn. But for now, they are just hanging out on the patio. Loving life.
Do you love my solar lights upgrade?