DIY: Solar Light Jars

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I am so excited to give this DIY project a try for the summer.  Lifehacker has put together a great how to for creating beautiful garden lights, powered purely by the sun.  The total cost is short money – particularly if like me, you already have lots of jars to spare (think about all those glass containers for pickles, jellies and spaghetti sauce you use). The easy instructions use materials from your average big box hardware store and if you are using recycled jars, can be made for less that 10$/each.

image by Ualani …and if you absolutely must buy them…and really like the ones in the picture you can get there here.

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.
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  1. Matti on February 22, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Solar rules. I want to get a solar water fountain going…if nothing else..a little solar trickle as the foggy season will be starting in next couple months. Matti

  2. linda p in il on October 11, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Hi, your solar lights just showed up on pinterest..I have a question..the original post said you had to use jars with glass lids for the solar light to seems that you have how did you manage that? Upside down?
    Thanks, Linda P in IL

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