Solar Light DIY Challenge

DIY Challenge Using Solar Lights

Welcome to the May DIY Challenge, hosted by Terrie at Decorate and More with Tip. (You can see my past DIY Challenges here.) This month we were challenged to create something with solar lights. If you are coming over from Patina and Paint, welcome! Make sure you check out the rest of the ladies in this challenge at the bottom of this post.

My DIY this month is so simple it is kind of embarrassing. Here is what I made.

I’ve had these mason jars for a few years. They were a gift from a neighbor. I am not sure where she got them, but I found similar ones here. Aren’t they cool? They used to be solar powered but they eventually stopped working. So, I bought a few solar lights from the Dollar Tree to see if I could make them work again.

Here is what I did…

These are the lights I purchased from Dollar Tree. I picked up three of them.

First, I simply pulled the bottom plastic piece off. Next, I stuck the top part right into the mason jar. This really couldn’t have been any easier. I did have to push them in pretty hard to get them to fit, but it wasn’t that bad.

What to do with the left over light…

I only had 2 of these flag jars but wanted to use all three lights that I bought. I checked my cabinets to see what I could find to make one more. Luckily I had this fun mason jar from Joe’s Crab Shack. Checking my craft bin I found these pretty blue rocks I picked up awhile ago from Dollar Tree. I filled the jar with rocks and stuck the light in there. Again, couldn’t have been any easier.

The finished product…

Here is how they look. It is hard to get a picture of them at night, but trust me, they look really cool! These will be perfect for Memorial Day and July 4th, but I plan to use them all year long.

Please check out what what creative friends made this month with their solar lights…



  • Reply Tammy May 5, 2021 at 8:33 am

    Jodi I love those lanterns and plan on checking out the ones similar to your for sure. What a great “fix” for the lanterns. I probably would never have thought to try and replace the lights. They are perfect for the upcoming summer holidays!

  • Reply Gail @Purple Hues and Me May 5, 2021 at 8:46 am

    What a fun and cool way to upcycle/recycle mason jars and to light up your outdoor area!

  • Reply Terrie - Decorate and More with Tip May 5, 2021 at 9:47 am

    Jodi these are adorable. Love the patriotic look for the holidays. A lot of people would of tossed the jars since they didn’t work thanks for your creativity you are able to use them for a long time!

    • Reply Jodi House May 5, 2021 at 6:33 pm

      Thanks, Terrie! This was such a simple project.

  • Reply PAULA CAMPBELL May 5, 2021 at 10:27 am

    I love mason jars and this is a really cool idea for them! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Cindy May 5, 2021 at 10:49 am

    Very cute project and perfect for summer celebrations.

  • Reply Shae May 5, 2021 at 11:24 am

    You did an amazing job! Perfect for the upcoming patriotic season!

  • Reply Kelli May 5, 2021 at 9:33 pm

    Sometimes the simplest project turns out to be a favorite. I love that you were able to revive them rather than toss them. So many ways you can display them throughout the year. I have so many mason jars and am thinking of some solar lights on our outdoor steps. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Reply Jodi House May 6, 2021 at 6:46 am

      Thank so much! I’m glad I could inspire you.

  • Reply Liberty May 6, 2021 at 12:43 am

    Very pretty! I tried weaving a patriotic ribbon in among my lights, but it didn’t look that great. I should try again. I like your patriotic jars. What a great hop this has been!

    • Reply Jodi House May 6, 2021 at 6:46 am

      Yes. I agree. So many amazing ideas!

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