DIY Mason Jar Patio Lights

Memorial Day is the official kick off to summer and my favorite thing to do is sit on the patio and relax with my family and friends.  In past years, I have always used small lanterns for lighting, but then I found the idea for mason jar lightinghere.

I had extra mason jars left over from my Mardi Gras birthday party earlier this year. Target had their mini solar lights on sale a few weeks ago for $1 each and I picked up a few bags of glass gems from Hobby Lobby. For reference, I used 16 oz mason jars and 1 bag of glass gems per jar.

~ Project Supplies ~

Mason jars

Mini solar lights

Glass gems or marbles

~ Instructions ~

Remove the stake from the solar light. Unscrew the top cap where the light is housed and turn the light on by removing the strip, then replace the cap.

Insert the light face down in the mason jar.

Fill the mason jar with the glass gems. 

Replace the lid on the jar and your done!  

Let them sit in the sun with the light side up for the day and they will be glowing all night.  


My favorite thing about these lights is that you can move them around and use them anywhere outside.  On the patio table, along a seating wall or walkway. You can also use a heavy duty, flexible wire and hooks to hang them from tree branches!

There you have it! This project costs less than $15 to make and I get so many compliments on it! I hope this will inspire you to try it for your backyard or patio!

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