Step 1: Tools and Materials
--- MATERIALS ---
- 1 mason jar, preferably with a hinged glass lid
- 1 solar garden light, with a diameter as large as the lid or smaller
- double sided scotch tape
- orange/red spray paint
- 1 sheet of laser decal transfer paper
--- TOOLS ---
- sanding paper
- regular pliers
- laser printer
Step 2: Sanding
Be careful when sanding not to put to much pressure on the jar as it might break and also be careful not to sand the lid as it'll need to remain transparent for the sunlight to come through to the solar light.
Step 3: Painting
For this, I used a darker orange spray paint and applied three coats to even out the color. Be careful to apply thin layers every time so as to prevent color drops which will inevitably show later on. Let every later dry completely before applying the next one.
Step 4: Mounting the Solar Light
To be able to attach the light to the lid, I'm using a double sided scotch tape cut into four equally sized pieces. These are attached to the light as shown in the pictures. Be careful not to block the solar panel when applying the tape as this will prevent the proper recharge of the battery during daylight.
After sticking on the tape, we are going to attach the light from the inner side of the lid and the solar panel will be facing outwards from the jar (picture 3).
Step 5: The Twist
To make the collage I've used stock images which closely pictured what I wanted to capture and combined then using GIMP (an open source image processing software). When you're satisfied with the result and have something similar to the pictures above, you'll need to print it out on a transparent laser decal transfer paper (similar to this:http://www.amazon.com/Sheets-Premium-Waterslide-Transfer-Standard/dp/B008UDKFQS).
After printing it out, cut around your image and try to remove as much of the empty space as possible. Afterwards, follow the instructions for applying the cutout on the jar for your specific type of transfer paper. Mine included simply dipping the paper into water and after a few seconds of this, removing the paper back and applying the thin film onto the main jar.
After applying the cutout, leave it to dry before handling the jar as it is very easy to create ridges in the film (as so happened in my case :) ).
Step 6: Final Assembly and Test
I'm quite satisfied with how it turned out and I hope you enjoyed this instructable and will make one of your own soon :).
Until next time!