Crafts · Fun & Easy DIY

Solar Lantern


This is a fun and easy project to do, and looks so pretty when the sun goes down and it is lit up! I will show you the finished project first….but then something sparked in my brain (again) and I got another idea…here it is finished on my patio table.

solar lantern, crafts

Now you can add shells to make it looked more finished. But….I thought of something else that the kids would get a kick of when they come over….

solar lantern, crafts

My dollar store solar surfer! Of course you may not have one of these…but if your container is big enough….you can fit something else. During the day he wiggles, then at night when the solar is on….the light makes him wiggle! It’s just too cute! But like I said if you don’t have a solar figurine, you can put shells inside. Tip: Right before summer, the dollar store gets filled with the summer solar figurines.
I started with a piece of heavy wire to make the hanger. I am so sorry I didn’t take pics, but if you want the directions on how to make these hangers, I will be glad to show you step by step, just let me know.
After the hanger was made I started gluing on the sea glass. I still have some left over from the ‘Dragonfly Makeover”. I had purchased a bag of sea glass from Walmart. This is a pic of the stone granules I used at the bottom…the sea glass I had left over from the ‘dragonfly’ project.

solar lantern, crafts

The best thing is I finally figured out how to keep the glue from moving with the pieces until dry…..Why didn’t I think of this earlier….

solar lantern, crafts

Painters tape!! I wish I would have thought of this when doing the ‘strawberry pot’ and ‘frogs’. So I put the glass on the front and kept taping. I wanted the solar light ($1) to blend in, so I put a piece of tape on top of the solar panel, and spray painted the sides and top with a turquoise to match the sea glass. The next question on my mind was how to get the solar to sit on top when it was smaller than the opening of jar. I was thinking beachy, and rope came to mind.Again, I had it on hand for another project. So I glued the rope around the side of solar as seen below

solar lantern, crafts

I added the stone granules on the bottom. I am going to keep this on the table..maybe. I just think it is so cute with the surfer….I’m originally from the beach.So tell me…which way do you like it? I know the kids are going to love it with the surfer!

solar lantern, crafts

This guys so cute!

solar lantern, crafts

Check out all my other projects at: https://kelleysdiy.com/

Materials used for this project:

  • Jar, Wire, Paint  (had on hand)
  • Stone Granules and Sea Glass  (Walmart)
  • E6000  (Walmart)
  • Surfer  (Dollar Store)

 

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