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!
Just in time to light up your warm summer nights is the solar powered umbrella. Its solar panel, which screws to the finial, powers 18 white LED lights that are fixed to the ribs of the umbrella as well as to a center hub of 8 additional LED’s. The panel charges in direct sunlight, and a full charge will provide 6 to 8 hours of light. The solar powered umbrella is available at Lowes for a very reasonable $98.83.
Check out Echo Valley’s glow-in-the-dark gazing balls. Glowing crystals that are embedded in the glass absorb sunlight during the day and glow green at dusk. The retailer says they’ll glow for ‘hours’, but if you want longer lasting–and brighter light–you might want to consider adding their UV, solar powered Cap Light to your gazing ball.
Gazing ball pictured is fitted with the UV Solar Cap Light.