Step 4: Assemble the Solar Cells and Lanterns

cut out the plexiglass circles to Make Solar Lanterns From Mason Jars
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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Remove the top portion of each stake light, which houses the solar cell and lightbulb. Apply glue to the perimeter of a solar cell and press it onto the center of a plexiglass circle. Repeat for the remaining lights.

When the glue is dry, assemble each lantern by inserting the circle into the lid ring and screwing the ring to the jar. Set your finished lights where they'll receive direct sun, and watch them glow in the dark later on.
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    Tools List

    • black marker
      Permanent marker
    • Aviation Snips
      Aviation tin snips

    Shopping List

    Three wide-mouth mason jars in various sizes

    One 8-by-10-inch plexiglass sheet, about 0.05 inch thick

    Rust-Oleum Frosted Glass spray

    Three mini stainless-steel solar stake lights, about 2.5 inches in diameter

    Fine-grit sandpaper

    Super glue