If you have jars with glass lids, you can make a solar sun jar. There’s a few different ways to make them and both versions look amazing at night! They can be used like a solar nightlight on your porch, your deck, or just set them up in a window. Scented candles are perfect for this project because they have the glass lid that is required to make the Sun Jar. I use the Yankee scented candles and just clean out the remaining wax after I’m finished using them. I have extra glass gems from previous projects so I used them for my first sun jar. For the other one, I wanted the glass stained blue and coated with frost paint so it glows.
Other than the jar and solar light, all other supplies are optional.
- Candle jar with a glass lid.
- Solar yard light.
- superglue gel
- Mod Podge
- food coloring
- hair dryer
- glass gems
- frost paint
Easy way to stain jars and bottles.
To stain your Sun Jar you can take some Mod Podge with food coloring and add a bit of water to make it runny. Dump enough Mod Podge mixture to coat the entire inside of the Jar.
Make sure the mixture isn’t too runny or it wont stick to the glass very well. If its too thick it wont spread evenly and you will end up with run marks that show up after its dry.
Have a blow dryer handy so you can start drying it immediately after you dump out the excess remaining mixture. As you can see, the Mod Podge dries clear giving it a “stained” effect. I seen another tutorial for this using the oven on low heat and baking them, you can check that out at itsoverflowing.com.
I painted the outside of this jar with frost spray paint. That helps diffuse the light inside and makes it glow.
Installing the solar light.
The solar lights I used are the yard lamps you can buy at Walmart. They have a plastic tube on them for sticking into the ground. We will only be using the top portion of the light so pull that tube off and activate the light by pulling the tab inside. Once you have done that, super glue the top solar panel to the glass lid. Make sure glass lid is clean and the glue is not directly on the solar panel. Gel Super Glue is by far the best to use for this part.
Finished Sun Jars
Now all you need is to find a sunny place to recharge your Sun Jar and your good to go!
The ones with glass gems don’t need any glue or staining, just fill it with gems and shove the light down the middle . Keep the solar panel exposed in the lid so the sun can recharge it.