Jar Solar Lights That Won't Fill Up With Water and Nastiness!

About: There is nothing I love more then making something new and usable again that someone else would have thrown out or torn down! And there's no reason to buy new when you can build it yourself!

I had a problem with the jar solar lights tutorials I’ve seen online. Every tutorial I’ve read had you cut a square out of the lid and attach the solar light to the lid. This always bothered me, it seemed like the jar fill with water and become all nastiness. Why not flip the jars over and glue the top of the light to the bottom of the jar instead?

I went to walmart and found the solar lights for 97 cents a piece and then headed to Ace for the pipe clamps and outdoor adhesive. Then, it was a trip out to the barn to check out my stash of jars from my Grandma. Remember to remove the tags on your solar lights or they won’t light up! I added a big dollop of adhesive around the solar panel of each light and then flipped it over and glued it right into the bottom of the jars. It was simple and easy and I didn’t even get much glue on myself!

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Step 1: Let the Glue Dry Then Hang the Pipe Clamps

These pipe clamps are serious business, I had to use a hammer and nail to make a hole large enough to fit a regular screw. I read online to buy “thin” screws for this project, lol, if they do sell screws thin enough to easily fit through those slats I certainly am not going to be using them outside where they need to hold up the the elements.

Step 2: Enjoy the Cuteness

I’m very happy with how this project turned out! All in each one cost me (because the jars were free) less then $2! It was easy and I think they really add something to our back deck! I may have to add them to our front posts too because they’re just so darned cute!

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    3 years ago

    Those lights look pretty awesome, love the jars they really look good. Thanks for sharing.

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