Make a solar night light from a mason jar

Megan Treacy

Megan Treacy (@mtreacy)
Technology / Gadgets
September 10, 2013


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materials solar mason jar

credit: mazzmn

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What's Needed for this Instructable:

-Solar Garden Lights - either salvaged or new - you know the type, typically a cylinder on a stick with the solar panel on top
-Mason Jar, Band and Lid - I used small Half Pint (8oz) Kerr brand decorative jelly jars, but any canning jar will work.
-Frosted Glass spray paint - I used Rust-Oleum brand.
-NiCad batteries - the damaged lights generally have rusty worn-out batteries, typically AA. Even new budget lights occasionally need new batteries. (found these at Harbor Freight store). If you have a charger you can try re-freshening old batteries with that.
-Something to cut with - I used a Dremmel, X-Acto, Tin snips and even a bench-grinder depending on how well a particular light fit into the jar.
-Glue or Hot Glue gun
-Screwdriver - often required to access dead batteries


-Soldering Iron and Solder - damaged lights will likely need some repair, however new lights shouldn't require soldering
-Vice or clamps
-Colored Spray Paint - I had some sparkly blue auto paint around so added a light coat of blue to a few,
I like the blue color a lot! Just go light on the paint, I made one that is really just too dark.