DIY Solar-Powered Sea Glass Mason Jar Lanterns
Hey, friends! I’ve got a fun, sustainable, and simple project to share with
you today and it’s perfect for summer. Today is the Thrifty Style Team’s
monthly challenge where I join with some of my talented blogging
We give you ideas for using freebies, thrift store items, hand-me-downs, or
anything that’s budget-friendly. My friend Julie at Redhead Can Decorate hosts
this challenge and there are always so many creative ideas. They’re all at the
bottom of today’s post, so be sure to keep scrolling after you finish reading
about my project and visit everyone.
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For this project, I visited a creek on some rural family property and did a little digging for creek glass. It’s pretty much the
same thing as sea glass, but it comes from a creek.
Sadly, there are houses
upstream that have dumped various things in the creek over the last
several decades. It’s not toxic or gross, thank goodness. I really love this project because it cleaned up the creek bank as well as provide me with some pretty glass.
My trusty sidekicks of my mom and youngest daughter helped me with the dig. We spent an hour or so overturning rocks and finding small glass treasures
on the bank. And by the way, I’m pretty sure they thought I was a little crazy for wanting to gather dirty old pieces of glass, lol.
Our haul from the day included some pretty green, aquas, and blues as well as white, clear, and brown pieces. When I got home, I separated the pieces into color groups and gave them a
good scrub with some soapy water with a little bleach added. (Please wear
protective gloves, goggles, and old clothes if you do this).
This is how my favorite one turned out! I love the piece of the old blue
They look pretty during the daytime with all of the various colors. I grouped together greens and aquas, greens and blues, and browns and blues.
And they’re so fun to see at night. I have them out on our deck and they stay lit for several hours if it’s been a sunny day and they’ve soaked up a lot of light.
The little vintage cola piece is so cute.
Even the old brown beer bottle pieces look pretty at night. I love mixing them with the blue pieces.
My favorite Coca-Cola piece looks pretty at night as well as during the day.
The jars I used for this project were various leftovers from spaghetti sauce, etc. so I spent nothing on those.
The rustic lights are from my shop, Emory Valley Mercantile, and can be found here: Solar Powered Glass Jar Lids with Lights.
Sea Glass/Creek Glass
The glass pieces cost nothing except the time it took to dig it up and clean it.
- If you don’t have access to a place to dig, you can find some similar glass here: sea glass for crafts.
- Or you can make your own with this machine: DIY Glass and Rock Tumbler Machine
Here’s a quick tutorial for these fun solar powered sea glass mason jar lanterns.
Estimated cost: $15
DIY Solar-Powered Sea Glass Mason Jar Lanterns
prep time: 5 Mperform time: 5 Mtotal time: 10 M
- No tools required for this project!
DIY Solar Powered Mason Jar Sea Glass Lanterns
- Gather your supplies.
- Add the sea glass to the jars.
- Attach the solar powered lids to the jars, placing the lights where they accentuate the sea glass.
Depending on how much sunlight the solar powered lids have absorbed, the lights will stay light for hours.
Created using Craft Card Maker
Here are a few more creative ways to upcycle glass bottles and jars:
- 20 Creative Ways to Organize with Vintage and Found Items
- How to Make a Macrame Mason Jar Planter
- Mason Jar College Survival Kit
- A Dozen Different Flower Containers
- DIY Glass Bottle Dish Soap Dispenser
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- How to Make Flowers from Paper Egg Cartons
- 13 Ideas for Thrifty Wall Art
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Now be sure to visit all of my thrifty and creative friends to see the projects they’re sharing this month!
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The Painted Hinge – Easy Sunflower Centerpiece with Vintage Bottles
DIY Beautify – How to Make an Industrial Initial Sign
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Postcards From The Ridge – Solar-Powered Sea Glass Mason Jar Lanterns
The Tattered Pew – World Market Potting Bench Makeover
Sweet Pea – DIY Patriotic Garland
What Meegan Makes – Using Unique Vintage Pieces for Home Decor
Salvaged Living – Watermelon Garland for Summer
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