Posted by: gisspar | July 21, 2009

World’s easiest sun jars

Unless you are a stickler for actually using jars. Then you should just continue googling for other solutions. I don’t mind.

Even though I am surrounded by people who have stoves for canning in their basements, I was unable to find the flip-top mason jars. But I did find a selection of replacement domes for light fixtures, including those ones that you see outside basement or garage doors to cover a single bulb. They look like a jar and that’s good enough for me. What really clinched the deal was the solar light selection—these westinghouse lights have the solar panel and lamp contained in one unit (no shocker) that just pops off the stake. The lamp unit fits the top of the glass perfectly. Cost per jar: $5.00 ($1.50 for the glass and $3.50 for the light).

What you’ll need:

  • replacement dome
  • solar light
  • frosting spray
  • clear caulk (the adhesive kind for bathrooms)
Raw materials.

Raw materials.

Step one: Clean the glass and frost the outside. You might want to flip it over just to make sure the ridges are covered.

Remove the lamp component

Remove the lamp component

Step two: Remove the lamp unit (twist and pull).

Step three: Once the frosting has dried, attach the lamp unit to the dome. Make sure you pull the little plastic strip from the battery to activate the light. Basically, apply the clear caulk to the top of the dome, place the lamp unit on the lip, twist a little bit to make sure there’s good adhesion and then use your finger to smooth the caulk around the edge. Let the caulk cure.

Step four: Party.

Finished jars

Finished jars

Finished jars lit up

Finished jars lit up

They’re a little more modern than the mason jar kind, but that doesn’t bug me. Sweet.

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