LED Mason Jar Nightlight

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While messing around online last night, I started thinking about different crafty things that could be done with mason jars. Then it hit me. A solar powered nightlight. I already had everything I would need lying around the house, so it really became a no-brainer of an idea. The best part is…it really simple to do. You can even have the little ones pitch in and help make their own.

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First you will need to gather up your supplies. To make these light you will need the following things:

  • mason jars
  • foam sheets (We got ours at the dollar store. It was $1 for 30-40 sheets.)
  • hot glue gun
  • solar powered walkway lights (We got ours at Big Lots for $2 apiece)
  • craft knife

My light fit the lid of my jar just right, so I did not have to do any cutting on the lid. If you are not so lucky, you may have to cut a whole in the jars lid so that the solar panel is exposed, and then glue the light to the inside of the lid. But on with making our nightlight.

The first thing you will need to do is draw out the patterns that you want on the foam (I did stars).

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Don’t laugh about how sad looking my stars are. They are just guidelines for when we cut them out. You could do other shapes too; circles, moons…pretty much anything you or the little ones want. After you draw your patterns, it is time to cut them out. Just use your craft knife, and trace the patterns that you drew. Here are 2 of my sheets all cut out:

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Once you have cut out all of your designs, it is time to get that hot glue gun warming up. The first thing we are going to glue together is our lid and light. Just remove the top of your walkway light. It should have a small plastic tab sticking out of the battery slot, you can remove that now, or once you have everything together. Place a small bead of glue around the edge of the light, near the bottom. place the light (solar panel side down) in the middle of your mason jar lid, and life the ring up until the ring gets to the base of the light. Hold the ring for a moment to give the glue a moment to set up. When done it should look pretty much like this:

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While your waiting on the lid to finish drying, it is time to glue the foam sheets to the mason jar. Just put a little glue around the edge of one sheet, and stick it to the jar. Pretty simple right? Just make sure that you line the foam sheet up just right (that is the hardest part, since you have to work fast). Repeat the process with the remaining sheets. You may have to trim up the last one a bit, or you could overlap them, the choice is yours. If you want to trim the last sheet, be sure to check it and trim it BEFORE you glue it to the jar.

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Now all you have to do is screw the lid on (you did pull the tab out that’s by the battery, right?), let it sit in ay source of light to give the battery a charge, then wait for it to get dark. Once it’s dark enough,  the light should come on by itself. The charge should last all night long. And once it’s bright enough, it will turn itself off, and it will start charging itself again…pretty nifty.

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And there you have it, a homemade solar powered LED mason jar nightlight. That was quite a mouthful there.

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