Happy Weekend Cincinnati DIYers out there! Today’s DIY Summer project is an easy one with big rewards!
Mason jars are the famed vessels used for canning and preserving. Invented in Philadelphia in 1858 by John Mason, the jars, at that time combined with candle wax, allowed producers the unique ability to relatively easily seal and sterilize jams, pickles and all variety of things. Today, with the advent of plastics, industry uses far fewer mason jars to seal products. Instead, these classic, iconic containers are turned into works of art by creatives all over the world – prepare to join their ranks!
Today, we’re going to turn mason jars into colorful, solar powered lanterns for anywhere in your yard, your patio or even interior. There are a lot of variations on this formula – it’s art after all – so feel free to experiment and modify it as you see fit!
Mason Jar Lamps DIY Project
What You’ll Need (for each lamp):
- A Mason Jar
- Screw on band and disc lid for jarA Solar Powered Stake Lamp with Screw off Top (often found in the gardening section of your favorite big box store or hardware store)
- Roll of Electrical Tape
- Rubber Cement and Pen Knife (optional)
The Process: Remove the disc piece from the top of the mason jar and set it aside. Unscrew the top of the steak lamp (the lighting element and solar panel) and start to cover the outside edge with electrical tape. The idea is to build up enough tape on the outer edge of the lamp to place the element snugly within the screw down band.
For a more secure fit, you can take the disc lid from the mason jar and use a pen knife to cut a hole in the disc the size of the solar panel. Then use glue, rubber cement is probably best here for outdoors, to attach the lighting unit to the disc.
Bam! You’ve got a solar powered mason jar lamp with just a couple bucks and about 15 minutes of your time – now it’s time to decorate it!
This is your chance to add your own flair, and a great way to do that is with glass-frosting spray, available from your local hobby shop. You can also use paints and other decorations to make a jar that’s just as great to see in the daytime as it is at night. Make sure to coordinate your color palate with your stone edging, your garden’s natural colors, your natural flagstone and your personal tastes.
The little things like this can really add a lot to your Cincinnati area home, they’re simple and serve as a great complement to any garden or natural flagstone patio. Also, there are ton of other projects you can do with mason jars, check it out on Pinterest.