DIY Vintage Mason Jar Solar Light

How to Make a Solar Jar Light DIY

Whether you’re like me and have a beautiful vintage mason jar you want to use or a mason canning jar you can’t wait to make something out of, you’re going to love having this fun DIY mason jar night light. It’s one of those easy DIY projects you can do with a small budget and it’s an easy way to add lighting to your home, camper, or campsite.

The first step is deciding what type of jar you want to you. The vintage jar version is gorgeous, but you have to be cautious, and because it’s delicate I only use mine in my kitchen. There are more ways to use the wide-mouth mason jars though. It depends on where you choose to use them, this vintage jar won’t see a camping site, or make an easy nightlight for a kid’s room. So grab a mason jar or several and let’s start crafting.

Sourcing Your Mason Jar

My solar mason jar night light is made using a favorite vintage blue mason jar. These vintage blue mason jars are beautiful and deserve displayed instead of stored in a cupboard. The vintage blue jar makes gorgeous mason jar lights, but I need to protect the jar and make sure it isn’t damaged in any way. If interested in using a vintage glass jar, check out your local thrift store for one of these glass-lidded vintage jars, they make lovely DIY mason jar lights that come on at night for a few hours all on their own.

If you don’t want to use a vintage jar, I suggest grabbing wide-mouth mason jars because they make the DIY mason jar lights even easier to do. You will follow the same process, and have fun decorating them in a variety of ways, or keep them simple clear glass and make several as a great way to add a warm glow to a campsite and night. They would be a great way to line along a path between campers. Or place it inside a camper or tent for extra light at night, no nearby at night no nearby light sockets are needed.

To make your mason jar solar lights, you need a mason jar and a solar light that fits inside the opening of the jar. The inexpensive Dollar Store solar lights work well for this easy project, because they aren’t too bright and glaring, which is perfect for indoor use. You could also try one from Dollar Tree.

Things to Look for When Purchasing the Solar Lights

If you plan on using your solar lights indoors like I did, you can purchase any Dollar Store solar lamp that fits inside your jar. I took one of my lid rings with me shopping to make sure the jar fits, unfortunately, it didn’t help. To make sure the jar fits, save yourself a trip and take the mason jar with you when you go shopping. You want to purchase a solar light small enough to fit inside your jar. I took just the glass lid shopping with me, assuming the light would fit inside the neck of the jar, but it didn’t. Take a jar with you when shopping.

DIY solar light using a mason jar and dollar store solar lights.

Not willing to force the solar lamp inside my vintage jar and risk cracking it. I decided to downsize the solar lamp to make it fit. Turns out it was easy to do and worked just fine.

Remove the top portion that includes the solar lamp and light. Throw the rest including the stand away.

If your solar lantern fits inside your jar properly, you’re golden and can skip the next several steps, skip down to assembling the mason jar and solar lamp.

Fitting a solar for fitting into a mason jar.
A antique turquoise blue mason jar, upcycled into a night light for the kitchen.

To Disassemble a Dollar Store Solar Lamp

Taking the lamp apart only takes a couple of steps, place the top part of the solar lamp on a hard surface. With a hammer and a flat-headed screwdriver, tap the screwdriver very lightly, it doesn’t take much. Punch the plastic all around the outside of the lamp to remove the outer ring.

A dollar store solar light

There should now be two parts, the light and the solar panel connected by wires. With a wire cutter trim off the excess plastic. Make sure not to crack the solar panel or break the piece of wire it doesn’t need to be tiny, just small enough to fit.

Removing the excess plastic from a dollar store solar light

Trimming the plastic was pretty easy to do,  all I did was snip the plastic a little bit with the end of the wire cutters.  Then I twisted the wire cutters to break off the plastic in little pieces.  This took about two minutes.

Upper solar panel on a mason jar light craft

Assembling the Mason Jar Solar Lamp

Using the mason jar and a piece of cardstock, on the wrong side of the paper trace out the top of the jar.

Then cut a circle 1/4 inch larger than the drawn circle. This will leave extra paper to fold over the edge of the jar.

Place your solar panel on top of the paper and trace the outline. This time follow the lines and cut out a hole in the middle of your paper.

the parts of a dollar store solar lamp for making a mason jar lamp

Align the solar cell and the central hole, tape around the outside with white masking tape.

Tape the battery pack to the back of the solar cell.

Flip everything over and tape the top side making it as neat as possible.

Upper solar panel on a mason jar light craft

Fit the light portion inside the jar, and wrap the paper over the lid.

Clamp your glass lid back onto the jar, securing the light in place.  Here is the end result.  

A vintage mason jar solar lamp craft project for the kitchen, yard or bathroom.
pretty DIY home pin it logo with a house icon.
A beautiful. DIY mason jar solar light made with an aqua blue vintage jar.  The overlay text says Got an old jar?  DIY Mason Jar Solar Light

Other Solar Light and Mason Jar Projects

I find it fun to pair vintage items with new products to make them useful again. Here are some other ideas including solar lights with a thrift store find.

A white outdoor solar lamp with a silver metalic shade. The lamp is sitting on a picnic table with a pretty plant in the back ground.

DIY Solar Lamps for Outdoors

We have also made some solar lamps that feature lampshades.  They are the perfect addition to our outdoor space, and even after one harsh Canadian winter, they continue to work well outside. They work well outside and continue to work really well, even surviving some Canadian winters.

10 minute craft idea with a mason jar, free printable label and flowers.

10-Minute Mason Jar Craft Idea

This super simple tutorial can be done in minutes. You can create your own printable or use mine, pop it into the bottom of the jar then add some faux flowers and decorate. A really simple and quick way to create a Mason Jar Vase.

Three diy mason jar solar lights that are perfect for camping.

Mason Jar Solar Lights

I found a great tutorial from Crafts by Amanda for hanging solar mason jar lights that will be perfect for camping.  You can put them together in no time, and even create them as a camping craft activity.  


  1. What a clever idea, Leanna! I tend to hoard mason jars, so I’ll definitely be making some solar lights. I’m thrilled to feature you this week at Celebrate Your Story!

  2. Great idea! I would totally love to do something like that too! I love it. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Oh my those aqua blue mason jars are so stunning, no wonder you were stressing about cracking them. Great to know that the solar lights are so easy to “resize”. That’s going to come in very handy. I’ve been struggling to find ones for a project we’ve been wanting to do too.

    1. I wouldn’t have tackled an expensive solar tight to give it a “try”, but with the dollar store ones if it broke I was only out $3

  4. They look amazing my friend! I’m so excited for you and your creation. Absolutely love those mason jars and you can never have enough solar lights right?

  5. This is such a great repurpose of some old mason jars!!! I can see them all throughout the garden! So beautiful!

  6. How very clever! I have some of these old jars, hmmmmm…… They are definitely not going in the discard pile. I too have been simplifying and getting rid of stuff. It isn’t as hard as I thought, but some things are just worth keeping!

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