Solar-Powered Sea Glass Mason Jar Lanterns

DIY Solar-Powered Sea Glass Mason Jar Lanterns

mason jar lanterns with solar powered lids and sea glass

Hey, friends! I've got a fun, sustainable, and simple project to share with you today and it's perfect for summer. Today is the Thrifty Style Team's monthly challenge where I join with some of my talented blogging friends. 

We give you ideas for using freebies, thrift store items, hand-me-downs, or anything that's budget-friendly. My friend Julie at Redhead Can Decorate hosts this challenge and there are always so many creative ideas. They're all at the bottom of today's post, so be sure to keep scrolling after you finish reading about my project and visit everyone.

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For this project, I visited a creek on some rural family property and did a little digging for creek glass. It's pretty much the same thing as sea glass, but it comes from a creek. 

Sadly, there are houses upstream that have dumped various things in the creek over the last several decades. It's not toxic or gross, thank goodness. I really love this project because it cleaned up the creek bank as well as provide me with some pretty glass. 

My trusty sidekicks of my mom and youngest daughter helped me with the dig. We spent an hour or so overturning rocks and finding small glass treasures on the bank. And by the way, I'm pretty sure they thought I was a little crazy for wanting to gather dirty old pieces of glass, lol. 

Our haul from the day included some pretty green, aquas, and blues as well as white, clear, and brown pieces. When I got home, I separated the pieces into color groups and gave them a good scrub with some soapy water with a little bleach added. (Please wear protective gloves, goggles, and old clothes if you do this).   

This is how my favorite one turned out! I love the piece of the old blue Coca-Cola bottle.

sea glass lantern in mason jar with solar lid

They look pretty during the daytime with all of the various colors. I grouped together greens and aquas, greens and blues, and browns and blues. 

solar powered mason jar lanterns with sea glass

And they're so fun to see at night. I have them out on our deck and they stay lit for several hours if it's been a sunny day and they've soaked up a lot of light.

mason jar lanterns with sea glass and solar powered lids with fairy lights

The little vintage cola piece is so cute.

mason jar lanterns with solar powered lids and sea glass

Even the old brown beer bottle pieces look pretty at night. I love mixing them with the blue pieces. 

solar powered mason jar lantern made with sea glass

My favorite Coca-Cola piece looks pretty at night as well as during the day.

solar powered mason jar lantern with sea glass

mason jar lantern with solar powered lid and sea glass

Supplies Used


The jars I used for this project were various leftovers from spaghetti sauce, etc. so I spent nothing on those. 


The rustic lights are from my shop, Emory Valley Mercantile, and can be found here: Solar Powered Glass Jar Lids with Lights.

Sea Glass/Creek Glass

The glass pieces cost nothing except the time it took to dig it up and clean it. 

Here's a quick tutorial for these fun solar powered sea glass mason jar lanterns. 

Yield: 1
Author: Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge
Estimated cost: $15

DIY Solar-Powered Sea Glass Mason Jar Lanterns

prep time: 5 Mperform time: 5 Mtotal time: 10 M


  • No tools required for this project!


DIY Solar Powered Mason Jar Sea Glass Lanterns
  1. Gather your supplies.
  2. Add the sea glass to the jars.
  3. Attach the solar powered lids to the jars, placing the lights where they accentuate the sea glass.
  4. Enjoy!


Depending on how much sunlight the solar powered lids have absorbed, the lights will stay light for hours.
Created using Craft Card Maker

Here are a few more creative ways to upcycle glass bottles and jars:

Here are more budget-friendly decorating posts with the Thrifty Decor Style Team:

solar powered lids on sea glass mason jar lanterns

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  1. What a wonderful idea, Angie! You found some super neat pieces in your creek expedition. Reading your post reminded me of finding all sorts of glass bottles in the creek bank at my grandmother's house. My mom said that there used to be a hole in the ground beside the creek where they threw their trash. Over the years the creek slightly changed its path and what was in the old hole was exposed. It was so much fun to dig out those bottles! You've inspired me to look for some creek glass on my grandmother's old farm. My cousin lives there now and I think she might enjoy doing this as well.

    1. Thanks, Paula! These pieces have probably accumulated over the past 50 or 60 years because the site is very isolated. Doing a dig at your grandmother's farm sounds like so much fun! I hope you do it!

  2. I am in love with this idea! I have heard of sea glass but never creek are brilliant! I love all of the colors you found and they look so pretty in the jars all lit up. I can't wait to try this!

    1. Thank you! I had found a piece or two once when I was there just visiting and went back specifically to look for more. It was a fun dig and project!

  3. This is such a great summer project! I have lots of beach glass and jars, will have to give this a try!

    1. It was so easy and fun! Old colored bits of glass are always so pretty!

  4. These would be so perch on my cottage back porch! I am amazed at all the gorgeous glass you found. The colors are stunning.
    Thanks for sharing Angie.
    Have a great weekend.

    1. They would definitely look nice on your porch. I was pretty amazed at what we found too. Have a great day!

  5. These are so pretty Angie! And what a great way to repurpose the glass you found in the creek! Fun project!

    1. Thanks, Michelle! It was so much fun to find the pieces and then see the project come to life!

  6. Love this summer lighting idea, Angie!!! Thank you for sharing these cool solar powered lights in a jar. Really fun idea!

    Barb :)

  7. Fun project! I love the greens! You could sell these!

  8. What an incredible way to turn throw away bottles into something special. Love what you did Angie

  9. These are beautiful! I just love sea glass. Pinned.

  10. Love these sea glass lanterns, Angie! Perfect for the summer and for any coastal style home! Pinned!

  11. A very cool, clever and creative project!


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