Steps // How to Make Mason Jar Patio Lights
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Prepare the Jars

 
Step One // How to Make Mason Jar Patio Lights

Prepare the Jars

Prepare the Jars to Make Solar Lanterns From Mason Jars
Photo by Wendell T. Webber

Remove the lids from the mason jars and set aside. Spray the interiors of the jars with a light, even coating of frosted-glass spray. Place the jars right-side up to dry.

 
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Trace the Inserts

 
Step Two // How to Make Mason Jar Patio Lights

Trace the Inserts

Trace the Inserts to Make Solar Lanterns From Mason Jars
Photo by Wendell T. Webber

While the jars are drying, remove the metal inserts from the lids. Use a permanent marker to trace the shapes of the inserts onto the plexiglass sheet.

 
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Cut Out Plexiglass Circles

 
Step Three // How to Make Mason Jar Patio Lights

Cut Out Plexiglass Circles

cut out the plexiglass circles to Make Solar Lanterns From Mason Jars
Photo by Wendell T. Webber

Use aviator snips to cut out the plexiglass circles. (We found it easiest to cut a square around each circle and then trim off the corners.) Smooth rough spots with sandpaper until the circles fit inside the lid rings.

 
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Assemble the Solar Cells and Lanterns

 
Step Four // How to Make Mason Jar Patio Lights

Assemble the Solar Cells and Lanterns

cut out the plexiglass circles to Make Solar Lanterns From Mason Jars
Photo by Wendell T. Webber

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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