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DIY Solar Sun Jar Light

DIY Solar Sun Jar Light

My family loves spending time outside in the evenings in the screened-in porch. We often catch the late afternoon iridescent summer hues and enjoy the warm evenings. It’s really such a treat.

There’s one small light that illuminates the porch. We often light candles too. The plan to plant a moon garden was thwarted for two reasons: we started too late in the season last year, and the bugs are ravenous in the evenings.

Just as the interior decor of a home is meant to create comfortable, inviting spaces, you can create the same effect in your outdoor living area.

3 Ways To Elevate An Outdoor Living Space

1. Draping your patio or deck with a light, sheer fabric evokes a cozy feeling, and also keeps insects at bay.
2. A water feature such as a fountain, or a rain chain can enhance a feeling of relaxation.
3. Consider replacing hard plastic resin furniture with a seating area that echoes a comfortable feeling with plush cushions, floor coverings and accent lighting.

Installing lighting fixtures can be a big investment. If you use traditional lights, this may involve hiring an electrician to wire the space, which will also add to your monthly electricity bill. It really is not necessary to incur more costs to illuminate an outdoor space.

DIY Solar Sun Jar Light

Creating solar lights that harness the power of the sun, are easy to make, maintain and when energy is generated during the daytime, these lights will keep glowing into the evening. These aesthetically pleasing lights are perfect for a sleeping porch, pool, outdoor shower or garden.

I spied this Sun Jar solar light (right) at the MOMA Store New York City. I contemplated purchasing a few (5 or 6), but at $50.00 a pop, a “few” seemed a bit exorbitant.

I Goggled around the DIY sites and figured some creative soul must have created a homemade version. I found a fabulous Instructables tutorial to create the Sun Jar in the main image above. Careful, once you dive into Instructables you may never buy anything again!

Enjoy the glow!

Photo credits: Instructables, MOMA,

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Ronnie Citron-Fink

Ronnie Citron-Fink is a writer, editor and educator. She has written hundreds of articles about sustainable living, the environment, design, and family life for websites, books and magazines. Ronnie is the creator of Econesting, and the managing editor of Moms Clean Air Force. Ronnie was named one of the Top Ten Living Green Experts by Yahoo. Ronnie lives in New York with her family.


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2:40PM PDT on May 7, 2014

This is a really neat idea. At #PackagingOptionsDirect you can find these jars in all sizes. You could make a very neat light arrangement by making them in multiple sizes and putting them in an arrangement.

6:11PM PDT on Sep 15, 2013

very nice, I am going to try this. I also saw something similar on another site, but your instructions are more clear.

4:29PM PDT on May 7, 2012

thank you for the article.

4:28PM PDT on May 7, 2012

many thanks

10:47AM PDT on Oct 26, 2011

I read your post . it was amazing.Your thought process is wonderful.The way you tell about things is awesome.
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6:42PM PDT on Sep 13, 2011

Very cool idea! Thanks for sharing;)

2:24PM PDT on Aug 22, 2011

I'm going to try one! Thanks!~

7:54AM PDT on Jul 19, 2011


3:41PM PDT on Jul 16, 2011

Interesting article. Thank you.
Are these also available in germany?

9:21AM PDT on Jul 12, 2011

ha pretty cool!

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