May 17, 2011

My Cheapie Version of the Sun/Moon Jar

(Just $1 plus some basic craft supplies you probably already have)

Is it called a Sun Jar or a Moon Jar? I have seen it both ways, but you know what I'm talking about. It's a jar with a solar-powered light inside. You can buy one on various websites for around $30, or you can make your own.

The secret ingredient is one of those solar lights people use along the sides of their driveways. The ones I used are from the Dollar Tree for $1 each. You probably won't find them any cheaper than that. But if you don't like the basic black plastic you can also find prettier metalic ones at Target for $2 each.

The light screws apart easily, and you only need the top part. It contains the solar panel, led light and whatever electronic bits it needs to work. I call it the "hockey puck."

 Besides the light, you probably have all the materials you need at home.

- Paint (I used pearlescent white tempura paint but any light colored water-based paint should work)
- Mod Podge
- An empty jar with a lid that has an opening roughly the size of the light
- Hot glue gun and hot glue
- Some string or ribbon
- Solar light

If you don't have Mod Podge you can replace it with watered down white glue.
Instead of paint you can use a small amount of food coloring. 

Mix equal parts Mod Podge (or watered down white glue) and paint in a separate cup. Mix well.
You will need approximately 1/4 cup total.

Pour the mixture into the jar. Put the lid on tightly. Shake the jar until the mixture is evenly coating the inside of the jar. 

Less is more for this stage. The less paint/glue you use the better. You'll have to shake the jar longer, but it will dry faster.

Remove the lid and let the paint/glue dry. This might take several hours. Keep an eye on it and if it starts looking streaky replace the lid and shake it again.

Once the paint is bone dry, hot glue the light "hockey puck" to the top of the jar.

Cover the seam between the jar and the "hockey puck" as well as the threads of the jar with some yarn, ribbon, rope or whatever you want to make it look pretty.

Place your jar in a sunny window so it can charge up. When nightfall comes you will have a pretty glowing jar. (Trust me. It looks better in person than my crummy picture would suggest.)

1 comment:

  1. I've never seen anything like this. It's really cool! Thanks for the blog visit and kind comment. The cool thing about the stencil we painted is you don't notice from far just how unsteady my hand was :)