Cheri Peoples

SPOTLIGHT YOURSELF~This little “GREEN” light of mine…I’m gonna let it shine

by CHERI on May 31, 2010

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There is no candle in that jar-so how is it glowing?

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To make these awesome “TOTALLY GREEN” lights you will need:

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Metal Snips
Hermetically Sealing Canning Jars (regular canning jars will not work–you must have the glass top on them)
I bought the cheapest solar yard lights at Lowe’s (2 for $5)
1 can of Frosting Spray
Gorilla Glue Tape
Contact paper (optional)

I wanted stars on my jars so I drew out the shape and cut out 8 of them because I had 2 jars and I was putting one on each side. You could do the jars totally frosted and would not need to do this step.

Make sure your jars are clean. Attach the stars to each side. DO NOT SPRAY THE LID OF THE JARS, you need them clear so the light panels can absorb the sunshine. Now spray the sides of the jars. Let them dry. The frosted spray paint dries very quickly. Spray on another layer.

Once dry remove the contact paper.

Now I tool apart my lights. (Sorry I don’t have pictures for you. I took pictures ownloaded them but they are no where to be found.)

This was actually pretty easy to do. The top cap is the only part you need. I used the snips to remove the metal from the sides so I only had the light panel and the base. I snipped and cut the metal and plastic until it fit into the lid. Once it is cut enough to fit inside the lid I taped it in with the Gorilla Tape, making sure not to cover the soplar panel. You want the light beam shining Down into the jar and the solar panel will be up against the jar lid. I pulled the tab and sat it in the sun. That night it was reflecting beautifully.

When I get more jars I can do several more because I have a lot more spray paint.
This project cost me $19 (I already had some of the things on hand like contact paper and snips…)
I purchased the Frosing Spray, 2 jars, and 2 solar panels for a total of $19, making them less than $10 a piece–but in all actuality they would be much less than that because I have enough paint to do several more. The real cost would probably be more like $7.50 each.  I think I will start saving Glass candles with glass lids.  If the lid is big enough for the solar panel to fit in–it will work.  Any glass jar with a glass lid.

My 2 Solar Lights for $19

or theirs (below) for $43

I’ll take Mine!!

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Do you see what they are selling these for?  If you want color like that just add any piece of colored celephane over the beam of light.

Sun and Moon Jar

Retail: $42.99 Price: $38.99

I know this is going up early but we are enjoying a couple of days at Busch Gardens and I wanted to make sure it goes up since we will be driving back home.


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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Stacy@RedDoorHome May 31, 2010 at 7:30 pm

This idea is too cool. It looks like science fiction! Thanks for hosting. Hope you have fun at Busch Gardens.

2 ourlifeinaclick May 31, 2010 at 8:06 pm

I LOVE your sun/moon jars!!! I’ve seen them in catalogues. Great idea to try them yourself.


3 Holy Cannoli Recipes May 31, 2010 at 8:20 pm

What a neat idea. I like the fact that you can make these yourself and save $30. Thanks for sharing. These would be perfect for a gift.

4 Sarah May 31, 2010 at 8:24 pm

Oh, I love that! I hadn’t seen anything like that before. You are so talented, Cheri!

Have fun on your trip to Busch Gardens. Sounds like a ton of fun. 🙂

5 Erin @ Crafts & Sutch May 31, 2010 at 9:09 pm

Hey, Cheri! Thank you so much for hosting this week! This is my first visit here, and I’m linking up! 🙂

Have a wonderful week! 🙂


6 Donna May 31, 2010 at 10:26 pm

Cute Cheri! Those are beautiful! What a brilliant idea! (no pun intended). :o) Hope you find the pictures as I’d love to see them. :o)

7 Issa May 31, 2010 at 11:07 pm

oooh! I absolutely love these green lights! These would look great for an outdoor party. Thank you!

8 Melissa Howard May 31, 2010 at 11:12 pm

Those are cool…

Have a good time at Busch Gardens!!

9 Cheryl June 2, 2010 at 8:23 am

This is such a neat idea & looks so cool. Thanks!

10 Melanie @ Whimsical Creations June 2, 2010 at 10:25 am

Those turned out great! What a fabulous idea!

11 LisaB June 2, 2010 at 11:39 am

My Dollar Tree had solar garden lights for $1 each! That will make these even cheaper for me! Thanks for the idea Cheri.

12 Ann June 2, 2010 at 1:16 pm

Totally love your solar jar lamps! What a gorgeous soft light for summer nights. Your tutorial is clear and easy to follow and you bet that dozens of us blog ladies will be crafting this for sure and soon! Thanks for the idea!

13 Nancy June 7, 2010 at 7:03 am

Excellent. Love this idea and I have saved those jars from candles!

14 Laura Ingalls Gunn June 7, 2010 at 11:28 am

What a beautiful summery jar!

15 Becca May 9, 2012 at 8:42 pm

What a great idea- I’ll have to make these for summer, super, super cute!
xo Becca
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16 Inspire Me Heather June 18, 2012 at 4:54 pm

How cute are those??? I’m going to Pin this, thanks Cheri!!!
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17 malia June 22, 2012 at 8:16 am

cool idea! I’d love to try my hand at making these.
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