(The picture above is my homemade sun jar!)
It was awesome! I credit NotMartha.org for this awesome idea.
STEP 1: It’s the easiest part! Shopping! You’re going to need:
1.) A jar: The best kinds are found at Ikea, ‘slom jars’.
1.2) Or if you find vintage jars in antique stores like I did, they work the same.
TIP: Buy the jar first, before you buy the solar light
2.) Solar Light: I favor the amber colored lights (limited findings, try Lowes)
3.) Frosting Spray Paint (Valspar leaves a nice coat)
4.) Tools: Screw driver (Phillips and flat head), scissors or something better to cut through plastic.
STEP 2: Frost the Jar! Two coats gives the jar a solid look, and diffuses the light really great.
STEP 3: Take apart the solar light…
This may be a little tedious, but basically, you want to take out the battery unit, circuit board w/LED attached, and the solar cell on top.
In the end, it should look like this…
It turned out I had to cut apart the plastic unit the light came on, and sneak everything through the little opening on the top of the light.
STEP 5: Glue the solar cell to the bottom of the lid on the jar.
Ta Da! You’ve made a homemade sun jar for under $10! Close the jar and leave out in the sun all day to let the battery charge.
Then at night, watch it light up!