Solar Powered Lanterns

With the addition of a solar-powered light, our jars make the most wonderful solar-powered lantern to your outdoor space – perfect for alfresco dining!

What you need:

  • Barker’s Fruit Preserve Jar, label removed
  • Solar Powered garden lights
  • White twine – we used macrame chord
  • White painters / masking tape
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors

How to make a Solar-Powered Lantern:

1. First, break apart your solar-powered garden lights, so you are just left with the solar-powered battery. Make sure the battery is set to ‘on’.

 Solar Powered Lanterns made with Barker's of Geraldine Preserve Jars - Step One

2. Rest the battery on top of the opening of the jar, with the solar cells pointing up, and the lightbulb shining into the jar – depending on how big your battery is, it should just fit on top. Secure this with painters/masking tape, and also cover the rest of the battery with tape. Also, cover the ‘thread’ of the jar (where you screw on the lid onto).

Solar Powered Lanterns made with Barker's of Geraldine Preserve Jars - Step Two

3. Next, apply a small amount of hot glue to the painter’s tape and start to wind the twine around the top of the jar and the battery, working your way up. You only need a small amount of glue – work in sections and keep wrapping until you’ve reached the top. Snip the twine, and use more glue so it sits neat and flush.

4. You’re done! Leave in the sun to charge and enjoy the soft light at night.

Solar Powered Lanterns made with Barker's of Geraldine Preserve Jars

Don’t forget to share your creations on social media and tag us @barkersofgeraldine and #repurposewithbarkers

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