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One of the best things to do on a clear night is sit outside and watch the stars. It’s so calming and soothing, the chaos of the day is gone (as in all the neighbour hood kids as well as my own are sawing logs in their beds), the sun is not making a person a hot sweaty mess, you can actually relax because you can’t very well start the mower at 10 pm.
Now that I think of it though, the man who lived in the house that was behind us did that once, 9:30 pm and his mower starts up. Drove me nuts, he was cutting a foot of grass (& dandelions)…..with no bag & his yard was so large that he did 5 rounds of the perimeter and then quit. It was like a crop circle gone wrong. When 7:30 am rolled around and my angelic boys – by angelic I mean, crazy, out of control, louder than loud, nerf gun-toting, did I say crazy? boys – asked if they could go outside I opened the door and let the Calvary out. Hey, fair is fair buddy. Needless to say the lawn stayed partially mowed for a couple of weeks but he never mowed late at night again.
Now, back to star filled nights. I love the ambience of sitting outside with some soft patio lights, chilling with some friends and family. One thing we are lacking on our deck is soft lighting. I’ve mentioned building a pergola a time or 100 to Eric mainly for the sole purpose of having lots of hanging twinkling lights above my head, so we’ll see if that happens by the end of the summer! If not, well here’s how I ‘temporarily’ solved my lighting problem.
I picked up a box of various sizes and styles of Mason jars last week, they were ones that I haven’t been able to find in stores so I’m thinking they’re old school, as in my grandma probably canned with those jars. Minus the little ones, ha! I picked up these 3 solar lights from Wal-Mart a couple of weeks ago with the intention of using them in another project that totally bombed out so I was glad to be able to find another use for them!
Once the lids were dried I drilled a hole through the top to accommodate where the light would hang down a bit. Although my method looks a little rogue, no glass jars were damaged in the making of this project!
I placed a bead of carpenters glue to the outer edge of the solar top and placed in on the lid. The light hung down through the hole and the rest of the top sat flush with the lid, once placed on I screwed the lids to the jars.
Deciding I wanted to have them hang instead of just sitting in a bunch on the table, I took some wire that I found kicking around and leaving around 2″ of overhang wrapped the wire twice around the around the jar. When I got to the opposite side of where I left my overhang I looped the wire over to meet the other piece and twisted them together. They were charged up from having been in the sun all day so I hung them from an apple tree in our backyard and watched as they started to glow!