Monday, June 10, 2013

Easy Summer Project to Brighten Up your Deck or Patio

Want to make a quick, easy project that will (literally) brighten up your deck or patio? Try these easy solar lights!

All you need are the following:

Bottles/jars of your choosing (mine happened to be empty Starbucks bottles)
Solar lights
Colored stones (I bought mine at Dollar Tree, it took about 6 bags to fill 4 bottles)
E6000 glue

Make sure that you get the correct size of solar light that will fit into the top of your jar or bottle. Measure the opening of your jar/bottle and then measure the solar light while at the store to make sure it will fit. (I always keep a small measuring tape in my purse, it sure comes in handy!)

Here are some other ones I made using mason jars. I had to get bigger solar lights to fit the jar:

Remove the labels off your jar/bottle (if needed), then fill it almost to the top with your colored stones. Remove the part of the solar light that sticks into the ground, you won't need it (still trying to come up with a craft for those!)  Check to make sure the light will fit securely onto the jar/bottle. If you need to, remove some of the stones.

Next, apply some E6000 glue to the rim of your jar/bottle then stick your solar light on. That's it! Told ya it was quick and easy :)  Now go put it outside in the sun and wait for the magic to happen!

You could decorate these up by adding some ribbon or twine around the neck of the jar/bottle. I would love to get my hands on some of those Anniversary Blue Mason Jars, I think they would be so great for this project.

BTW, I know my glue gun is shown in the first picture, but I found that the E6000 glue held much better. I always buy it at Wal-Mart, it is much cheaper there than at a craft store. Also, here is a tip for you so that the plastic top of the E6000 tube doesn't stick to the tube - apply some Vaseline after every use and the plastic top will come right off!

Let me know if you make some, I would love to see them!

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1 comment :

pattas said...

That is such a clever idea :)) I am keeping this page marked so I can come back in the summer here in Australia..
thanks for sharing :))