How To: Make Your Own Solar-Powered "Sun Jars"!

by Capree K

How To: Make Your Own Solar-Powered "Sun Jars"!

We've shared quite a few mason jar projects here on Curbly (did you see our roundup of 15 awesome uses for mason jars?) and we've even highlighted a purchasable sun jar, too.  Of course, it couldn't be too long before we found a DIYable version, right?  Well, at least not if the industrious people of the Internet have their way.  So, if you haven't yet exhausted your supply of jars from all those other rad projects and are looking for a fun, eco-friendly lighting solution, read on!  

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Holiday How-To: Illuminated Snowflake Ornament.

by Chris Gardner

Dateline: Monroe United Methodist Church, Early December, 1986-1992. Tiny Chris is bent over a folding table in the Fellowship Hall, making beaded snowflake ornaments. And they looked NOTHING like this.

DIY Illuminated Snowflake Ornament Tutoria

From FashioningTechnology: "I'm unusually enthusiastic about this holiday season. I've already started making gifts and holiday decorations. I made a few handmade LED snowflake ornaments that I would like to share with the community. They are...

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DIY Starscape Ceiling.

by Chris Gardner

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It's 2009, and glow-in-the-dark stick-em-up stars simply won't do any more. In the era of accessibility to LEDs, fiber optics, a quite accurate (albeit 2D) home planetarium can be had with a bit of wiring and alot of holes.

From Hack-a-Day: "[Mike Galloway] set out to install a lighted starscape in the ceiling of the baby room...This setup involves an LED based illuminator and bundles of fiber optics. [Mike] first mounted the illuminator in the...

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DIY Thread LED Tea Light Cover.

by Chris Gardner

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From Mrs. Green Tea:"I was messing around with different materials trying to dress up a little LED tealight, and this is one of the versions I ended up liking (plus it’s dirt cheap since it’s just thread!). I love me some textures. This may be useful for those with wedding venues that don’t allow real flames." I'm thinking this thread+fabric stiffener combo might turn out all sorts of charmful things. Via.

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Build Your Own DIY Grow Lights.

by Chris Gardner

Build Your Own DIY Grow Lights.

Sure, you could go to the fancy indoor garden/hydroponics store and buy speciality grow lights that mimic the color spectrum of the sun's rays. Or you can make these LED spikes from Popular Science.... Goodness, even the name sounds cooler. "These bulbs actually work best as a supplement to sunlight during the day; however, they’ll also provide enough light after dark to ensure that your plants get the 12 to 18 hours a day they need to...

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Faux Fire

by Lilybee

When the weather turns rubbish nothing beats snuggling up in front of a fire, possibly with trashy fiction and preferably with some kind of chocolaty beverage. It's just what winter should be all about. Unfortunately our apartment doesn't have a fireplace so I was forced to improvise...

created on: 11/20/08

While technically it wont keep me warm, (except in a cockles-of-my-heart way) it was super easy to make and it makes me smile, and my baby scream with...

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Broken Light Bulb LED Lamp

by DIY Maven

Broken Light Bulb LED Lamp

The house we lived in when I was a kid had naked light bulbs for ceiling light fixtures. It’s ironic how an unsightly element like a bare bulb can be re-imagined into something quite extraordinary like the Ceci. Available through Generate, the Ceci is ‘a high-powered LED bulb with a hand-blown heat-resistant Pyrex broken bulb lampshade around it.’ Available in limited edition, a signed Ceci bulb will set you back $219 bucks. As a kid who grew...

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How To: Quick, Easy, and Temporary Garden Lights.

by Chris Gardner

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Solar garden light kits are cool, but can be pricey, permanent, and are just begging to be run over with the lawnmower. So, here's a sweet DIY alternative: "make your own ultra-low cost temporary garden lights using LEDs, lithium coin cells, and mason jars."

Materials

  • Lithium coin cell batteries
  • Ultrabright LEDs with diffused lens
  • Mason jars and lids
  • Tape

Simply attached the LEDs to the batteries, and tape into place. Tape the whole...

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LED Shower Light

by DIY Maven

LED Shower Light

If, for any reason, you've ever showered in the dark, then you'll know just how wicked awesome this LED Shower Light is. From Think Geek, the shower-head-light ($40) fits your standard shower pipe. When you first turn on the shower, the light glows blue, indicating the water is chilly. When the light turns red, it means the water has heated up to a very comfortable 89 degrees. It installs in minutes and there's no batteries needed.

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Light-Emitting Wallpaper.

by Chris Gardner

Inhabitat.com illuminates this light-emitting wallpaper by Jonas Samson. Though the technology hasn't quite been revealed,"this Light-Emitting Wallpaper harkens back to recent products exploring digital paper by Miquel Mora, part of the Flat Futures project– developed by the Royal College of Art Design Interactions Department– showcased at the MoMA’s ‘Design and the Elastic Mind’ exhibition. By using developments like e-ink and OLEDs (organic...

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Interactive LED Coffee Table

by DIY Maven

Interactive LED Coffee Table

The top of The Wave coffee table is outfitted with LEDs that are activated when they see motion. ‘Using a network of 32 active and passive near-infrared optical sensors and a clever fully analog circuit design, the light patterns sweep outwards from your motion with perfect fades, glowing stronger the closer the movement is, rippling across a pool of 480 super-bright white LEDs. It works in full sunlight or total darkness.’ Each table is custom...

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How to Draw with Light.

by Chris Gardner

As seen in the famous "Centaur" photograph of Picasso, or the current (and excellent) crop of Sprint commercials, the combination of a controllable light source and some long exposure photography can lead to some amazing artwork. Check out the fabulous work of the Japanese collective PikaPika here (Flickr) and here (animation).

How to Draw with Light.

Thankfully, Lori and Stuart  from LightDoodles.com are offering some help. Though they don't detail the exposure settings...

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The Tap Light

by DIY Maven

The Tap Light

Designer Rafael Morgan won third place in Design Bloom’s bright LED competition last month with ‘The Light Drop’. According to Morgan, the creation ‘was supposed to make people think about how we are dealing with our natural resources, in this particular case, the water, which is the main source of energy for every living organism in this fantastic world.’ The fixture is wall-mounted and is dim-able via the tap as the ‘more you twist, the more...

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