My obsession with washi tape runs deep. Almost as deep as my obsession with hanging out in my backyard. Since I work from home, working outside can pose a few perils, like my chickens loudly clucking while laying eggs, my dog getting into a barking match with the neighbor’s dog or the lack of light as the sun goes down. Anyone who has animals knows that trying to stop chickens from clucking or dogs from barking is a lost cause, but I was able to shed a little light on the last problem by creating mason jar solar lights.
A few years back I made my own ‘from scratch’ solar light jars. They worked well but dealing with all the technology part of it wasn’t my favorite aspect of the project. At my local craft supply store last week I saw some mason jar lids that were already outfitted with solar panels. All I had to do was screw on the solar panel lids that had tiny led lights. The project and the outcome seemed kind of boring and I wanted to add a little color to my jars. Then I thought about some washi tape which was perfect for the project since it’s semi-translucent. I imagined my jars glowing with colors and patterns of my favorite washi tapes and embarked on making jars fancy and colorful with a little washi tape and fabric.
Luckily I had a great selection of washi tape from Scotch (one of our Craftcation sponsors). I choose a bright color palette and was able to match it to some fabric scraps I had on hand.
WHAT TO GET:
-Solar lights that fit on top of mason jars (I got mine at Michaels but you can also buy them online here)
-Mod Podge or gloss medium
WHAT TO DO:
1. Trace the outline of your lid on card stock to create a template for the fabric that will cover the lid.
12. Starting on the back of the jar attach strips of washi tape across the jar. Press down to get rid of any bubbles.
13. Put on your lids and set the jars outside in the sun so they charge up for evening.