September 9, 2010

Solar Jack O’Lanterns


Earlier this summer, I saw a fantastic project that I just had to put on my list.  Amanda at the Hand Me Down House made some Mod Podge solar garden lanterns, and I just loved them!

I loved them so much, I asked my mom to pick up some inexpensive (like $2 each) solar light stakes at the Menard’s in her town.  Took me quite a while to get my hands on those little guys!

Side note: Menard’s is such a cool store!!!  We don’t have any in my state, but if you see one you should definitely check it out.



Well, by the time I had everything I needed and was ready to do the project….summer garden lanterns had lost their luster (no pun intended).

But I reheheheally wanted to make some solar lanterns… I modified the plan a little and instead made some solar jack o’lanterns!

Yeah, yeah, so it’s a little early for Halloween stuff.  They’ll just be all ready to go once October 1st hits :)

First, I took my inexpensive solar lights, and unscrewed the light portion from the stake portion.


Then I made sure the light portion would fit on top the opening of some canning jars.

It didn’t fit.  Fell right into the jar.  But I realized I could put the lids back on and the solar piece would still work.  So I just poked a hole right in the middle of the lids for the solar bulb to fit into.


Then I slathered orange-tinted (with food coloring) Mod Podge all over my jars.  My glass jars :) 


Amanda used “Outdoor” Mod Podge, but I couldn’t find it, and I’m impatient.  So I used the regular stuff. 

I let them dry, and then I got out the closest thing I have to black puff paint - “Liquid Leading”.  I got this for another project (miserable failure) but it worked great for this one!


I had some fun drawing faces on the jack-o’lanterns….

Sadly, anyone who doesn’t know how many children I have (that would be “none”) will probably assume my kids drew those cute, sloppy little faces.  All the folks with Cricuts and vinyl cutters and such could probably do a much cuter face with vinyl than I could with freehanding the puff paint!


Then I used twine and a coat hanger (cut and twisted around the lip of the jar) to make hangers…

Used two dots of hot glue to secure the solar light to the jar lid…

Grabbed some unused garden support stakes…

and moved them outside where they are just DANG cute! :)

It’s a pre-October Halloween welcome-wagon!

Trick or Treat?


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  1. I think these look totally awesome! Thanks for sharing!

  2. That is BOOtiful!
    A friday's favorite for sure~ come link up.

  3. These are so cute! And I totally know what you mean about Menard's. It's one of the things I miss from my time living in the Midwest!

  4. VERY cute!! You are such an artist at heart! Love the little faces - very original and better than using stencils! The neighbor kids will love them. :)

  5. Oh my goodness!!! I love what you have done with your solar lights! Very inspiring! Halloween, here we come... :)

  6. Those are so dang cute!!!

  7. Katie I love these! I have a Menards close by but I've never seen $2 solar stake lights. I'll have to check it out. Probably not in season anymore. Or maybe that's why she found them on sale. I better run right over there right now! Thanks for linking up.

  8. I've had a serious love affair with solar light projects this year too. Those are adorable!

  9. What a fantastic idea! They look great!

  10. Those are amazing -- what a clever idea. And they'd look great in the windows too.

    We have a Roxy bedding giveaway, $100 value and our Giveaway Friday! link up party. Please stop by. Jane F.

  11. Okay, those are the coolest things I have ever seen. And I love your Jack-o-lantern faces. Very clever.

  12. Visiting via Weekend Wrap Up, this was obviously NOT a failure. I have never heard of liquid lead, this is a amazing. Well done!

  13. Very cool! also visiting from Tatertots & Jello

  14. Wonderful, Katie!! :) Thanks SO much for the shout out! Your jack-o-lanterns look so adorable! :)

  15. I'm spotlighting this in the morning. Thanks again for linking up to Everything Halloween.

  16. These turned out so stinkin' cute!!!! I may have to try and make some of them! Thanks for sharing your project with us!


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