Hello there! I recently made another batch of these hanging solar mason jar lights, so I updated this post to share them with you!
I’m excited to share how to make these solar mason jar lanterns with Dollar Tree supplies. I really wanted solar lights in our backyard, but they can be so expensive for attractive ones when you have a lot of ground to cover!
Dollar tree solar lights are tiny and flimsy by themselves, so I didn’t think they were a good solution. There are so many different versions of diy mason jar solar lights around Pinterest, and I was thrilled when I found the materials at a local Dollar Tree to make my own version of these beautiful hanging solar mason jar lights for just a few dollars!
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The day I was there, they had red, clear, and blue mason jars all ready to go WITH metal handles. Unfortunately, they had very few clear ones left. If you can’t find the hanging jars at your local Dollar Tree, you can just purchase a pack of mason jars with lids, and buy these simple jar hangers.
The Dollar Tree jars were plain, so it would actually look even better to use regular jars that say Ball or Mason. You could also make your own hangers with wire! Either way, these mason jar lanterns are still super easy and affordable to make!
Solar Mason Jar Lantern Supplies:
Hot Glue or Silicone Adhesive
How to Assemble:
Remove the stake of the solar light and pull out the paper tab.
Slide the solar light into the canning rim lid until it is nearly flush.
Hot glue around the top rim circle where it meets the light. I’ll have to let you know how the hot glue holds up! Silicone caulk would be a more conventional option… but it was a short nap time and the glue gun was right there! Its been a few weeks and so far so good!
Update: If you leave these out for months and months like I do, definitely go with silicone! The hot glue held up, but I had water leakage issues with hard rains. Or to really simplify this project, there are mason jar solar lids available now in packs of six for a very reasonable price!
Screw the newly glued solar lids onto the jars. I had some glass pebbles in my craft box that I put in the bottom of the jars. The reflective quality of the pebbles really makes the light seem brighter!
I couldn’t wait for dark, so I went in the powder room with the lights off just to see.
Now just put them on the shepherd’s hook plant hanger, and the beautiful new hanging solar mason jar lights are ready for sundown!
I just loved seeing these lit up in the backyard. I have now made enough to outline the whole border!
Update: It has been several seasons since I put together these Dollar Tree lights. To try something different, I have replaced a few that broke with ready made mason jar solar “fairy lights”. They cost about the same, and are so simple to assemble, even with two small children running around!
They are wound up like this out of the package, and come with the wire handles. The solar panel is built into the jar rim already, so I simply unravel the strand and put them on the mason jar.
Here is how they look all lit up!
If you are looking for another budget garden project, check out the DIY garden cloches made with Dollar Tree trashcans to protect young plants from squirrels.
For more solar garden fun, check out this solar fountain, or solar garden chandelier!
I see tons of amazing ideas using these basic solar lights. From old chandeliers to lamps…I just love seeing all the creative ways you can use them! Have you made any fun solar lights for your yard?
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I’m a solar light junkie! I have probably over 100 lights in my yard and I have a couple of these as well. Thanks for sharing on To Grandma’s House We Go!
I love solar lights too! They look so great at night and you can really get creative! 🙂
Why not recycle jars for this project? Many places do not recycle glass. Once the contents are gone you have a free jar. There are a lot of ways that the jar lids could be decorated. Gallon jars would also work if you want brighter light. I am sure the clever people who post on this site could think up all sorts of ways to reuse jars for this purpose.
So Cute. Thank you for sharing on Inspire Me Monday. I am totally going to try these. Pinned.
Thank you! They are quick and easy to make. 🙂
Those are adorable! I’ll definitely be on the lookout at my local Dollar Tree! Pinned.
Thank you! I hope you can find them at Dollar Tree! 🙂
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Looks awesome and can’t wait to get started on mine thanks for info
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I will difinely try this project. It will be therapy for me
Aw, yay! Garden projects are definitely good for the soul!
I had made those but noticed rain could leak inside of them,so this year I used a piece of clear plastic from the lid of take out food trays. I cut out size needed to insert in mason jar lids and glued my solar light to plastic. No no rain leaking in! 😄
Hi Lisa! That is a wonderful idea to prevent water leaking in! Thank you so much for sharing! 🙂
I tried this project and the jars came out looking great. I used hot glue to glue the solar lights to the lids. I’m in Tennessee and the heat and humidity is very very high. It melts the hot glue!! Can you suggest a glue that would work better?
Oh no! I am sorry to hear that. I would suggest a silicone adhesive. It is waterproof, and you can find them in caulk tubes, or a squeeze tube at the home improvement shop. Have a wonderful weekend!
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As for going in a dark bathroom, to test a solar light, I have done the same thing. Great minds think alike,eh
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