Monday, September 6, 2010

Solar Luminaries: "Look, Ma! No Flames!"

I made this safer-than-a-candle-when-you-have-kids-and-cats SOLAR luminary in less than one hour! It's embarassingly easy, so let's get started!

I picked up this plain candy-type jar at one of those warehouse crafty stores. I think it was The Flower Factory in Greenwood, Indiana. You can find them in just about any craft store. If you can't locate one, any jar will work!
Can I just say again how much I love this glass-etching spray paint? (I also used in in this project.) Give it a good coat and let it dry for 15 minutes or so before you decide if it needs more.

By the way, the etching appears as the spray dries. I'd forgotten that bit of information and kept spraying and spraying, waiting for the frosting to appear. In the meantime, the paint was running and dripping on the inside. The great thing about this "paint" is that you can't see the runs and drips when it's dry! Love that!

Here's the jar after it has dried. The picture of the lid is right after I'd sprayed it. See the difference?

This is one of those solar light stakes that you can get from just about any lawn and garden department. This smallish one was just $3.

The bottom stake just twists off, leaving you with the light.

By the way, if you want to try this project out the day you make it, it's a good idea to put the light out in the sun that morning.

Ask me how I know.

Put a small amount of floral clay in the bottom of the jar to hold the light in place. Play-Doh might work if you have some of that. It would harden and make a sturdy base. Whatever you decide to use, make sure it's deep enough to keep the light upright.

Put your light in the jar and replace the lid. Wait for dark and think about how totally cool this little light is!

These would be great for a garden, on your porch, or as luminaries lining your sidewalk at Christmas!

I was thinking of putting one in the bathroom to use as a nightlight, but I'd have to take it outside every day for a sunlight recharge. That's way too much work for me. Just keepin' it real.

I think the next one I make is going to be with a half-gallon canning jar I've been saving for a project like this. Star stickers added prior to spraying the jar might make a nice effect! Or maybe I'll use the Silhouette and cut a monogram out of vinyl!

If you make one, be sure to leave the link in the comments. I'd love to see what you come up with!

I'm linking here:


Make it Yours @ My Backyard Eden


Cyndi Lewis said...

Neat, neat, neat!

Storm said...

Very cool.

Ellen said...

What an easy, impressive project!! I am going to have to get on this one today!

Terrell said...

Oh creative are you!! This is just great! I'm happy to be your newest follower of your delightful blog and I'd love to have you as a friend at Frou Frou Decor! I'd also like to invite you to link your wonderful creations up at my weekly party, Fabulous Friday Finds, every Friday! Hope to see you there!
~Terrell @ Frou Frou Decor~

Anonymous said...

I just read your post about your friend's wedding gift and it gave me a thought. Wouldn't these look awesome at an outdoor, night wedding as accent lighting. They really are pretty.

Dana said...

Yes, Marla, I think they would!

Monogramming them with vinyl would be nice for a wedding also. I'm thinking you could paint the solar light casing with stained glass paint (so it's transparent) and make the whole thing glow in your wedding colors! I'll have to try that next!

Sonja @ Craft-Werk said...

Such a cool idea! Must try it out!

Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden said...

Dana, this is such a great idea. I'm definitely putting this project on my to do list! Thanks for sharing at My Backyard Eden!

Sandy in Fort Worth said...

Hi Dana,

Great idea!! Just a question though, did you use the spray paint on the outside of the jar? I couldn't tell from the pictures and I didn't read anything in the description.

Thanks again for the idea.


Dana said...

Thanks, Sandy!

My intent was to spray just the inside of the jar. I sprayed it but it wasn't looking very frosted, so I sprayed the outside, too. Then I realized that I needed to wait for it to dry in order to see the frost.

So, in answer to your question, I did spray them both, but next time will only spray the inside.

By the way, I did another post (it's linked in the blog) where I frosted a candleholder. I only sprayed one side of it and it was just the right amount of frost.

Hope that helps!


Toyin O. said...

Very nice, thanks for sharing.

madebymum said...

Hi Dana thanks for leaving me a little comment. as a rule I don't make taggies I just had some little bits of ribbon I wanted to use up. Best wishes.