DIY Project: Capture Sunshine in a Jar!

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1. Gather your supplies.

  • Glass jar with a flip top lid
  • Solar lantern
  • Batteries (if needed)
  • Frosted glass spray paint
  • Glue

For the Mason jar variation, you will also need:

  • Quart or larger wide-mouth Mason jar and ring
  • Clear plastic food container or lid
  • Scissors

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2. Frost your jars.

Paint the outside of your jar with a light coat of frosted glass spray paint. As with all spray paint projects, be sure to do this outside or in a well-ventilated area. Allow the paint to dry completely before you move on to the next step (overnight is best).

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3. Disassemble the solar lantern.

Unscrew the solar panel and bulb portion of your lantern from the housing and/or stake. This may require a screw driver, based on the style of the solar lantern you’re using, but both of the ones shown here were easily disassembled without additional tools.

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4. Affix the solar panel.

Use a strong adhesive to glue the solar panel to the underside of the jar lid, so that the solar panel faces up to the top of the jar.

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