DIY Side Dishes

Sun Jar [Side Dish]

(The picture above is my homemade sun jar!)

It was awesome!  I credit 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!

  • Jarien
    August 11, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    [FrederickFreecycle] WANTED: Canning jars (21788)