I’m so excited to share this crafty DIY with you today! A couple of years ago I made these Hanging Solar Lights out of some mason jars and they were such a hit. I wanted to jazz them up a bit and after reading through some suggestions, knew that some color had to be added in.
So why not take it up a notch and make some fun, fruit inspired solar lanterns? I’m not sure if you’ve noticed the pineapple craze that’s been going on lately, but I have. And I’m loving it! Combine that with my lingering watermelon obsession from last summer and you have a recipe for some FUN solar lanterns!
They are super easy to make & your supplies are fairly minimal.
- Krylons Sea Glass spray paint in Lemon & Rose
- Lime green & white spray paint. I used Rustoleum brand for this because it’s what I had on hand.
- Various sized mason jars
- Cheap solar lights from The dollar tree. I purchased mine a couple years ago from Wal Mart when they were only $1. I know the price has gone up a bit though, so your best bet would be to get some from Dollar Tree.
- Black craft paint
- Drill with a 5/8 drill bit
- Heavy duty bonding glue – I used Weld-bond.
Drill a hole through the top of your lid and set aside. Remove the stake from your solar light and cover the solar panel with some tape. For the pineapple tops, you can spray paint your solar light, lid and ring green. For the watermelons spray the solar light and lid green, and spray the ring white. While that dries, spray your jars with a couple coats of the sea glass spray paint & set aside to dry. The sea glass spray paint tends to run when applied to thickly so do a few thin coats to get the coverage you want
Once everything has dried, run a bead of glue around the edge of your solar light and then lay the lid on top of it. Make sure your light fits through the hole.
As the lids dry, take your black craft paint and paint some seeds on your pink coloured jars and some v’s on your yellow jars. You can also leave your yellow coloured jars the way they are. Run a bead of glue along the inside rim of your ring and carefully screw it onto your jar, keeping the lid and solar light in place. Set out in the sun to allow the glue to fully dry and to charge up your solar panel!
Honestly, aren’t they awesome?!
They make a great centerpiece on your patio table during the day and at night give off some beautiful lighting! As I did with my other lights, you could easily add some wire in order to hang them around your yard.
What summer trends are you loving this year?