Outdoor Solar Jar Lights With Repurposed Candle Sconces

Hi friends, today I'm sharing such an easy peasy idea for outdoor lighting. It all started with a broken glass insert on my set of metal candle holders. I don't throw anything out without seeing if it can be repurposed or upcycled first. The candleholders were perfectly good but what to do about that missing glass? During a recent trip to the dollar store (hallelujah, they are open again) I found my answer. But even better, I could repurpose the candle sconces into outdoor solar jar patio lights, for inexpensive backyard lighting on the deck.

Cheap Backyard Solar Lighting

Outdoor Solar Pineapple Jar Light Sconces Repurposed

I always had problems with the candles inside the glass melting in the sun so really, that broken glass did me a favor. Now I have set it and forget it outdoor solar lanterns that flank our DIY patio water wall and decorate our repurposed louvered door deck privacy screen and cost just a little sweat equity to make.

Solar Jar Outdoor Sconces

The cute nesting together sign that is hanging above the water wall is another DIY project inspired by thrift store finds.

I hope to inspire you to repurpose wall sconces you may no longer be using and turn them into outdoor solar lanterns. If you don't have any candle holders that would work for solar fence lights, you can pick them up fairly cheaply at thrift stores or garage sales (when they reopen of course). A little spray paint and some solar mason jars and you've got yourself some unique one-of-a-kind backyard lighting.

Upcycled Outdoor Solar Jar Lights

Here's what the metal candle holders looked like before with one missing glass insert.

Upcycled Outdoor Candle Holders

And this is my dollar store solar jar light solution...

Cheap DIY Patio Solar Lighting

What says summer more than bright yellow pineapple jars! In order to make them work the metal ring that held the glass cylinders in place needed to be whacked off. Nothing that a metal cutting disc and Dremel tool can't handle.

Next, I refreshed the metal sconces with a fresh coat of black spray paint.

DIY Outdoor Solar Lanterns

Once the paint dried overnight I simply glued the base of the pineapple glass mason jars onto the base of the refreshed metal candle scones and voila, outdoor solar lighting!

Mason Jar Solar Lights

How easy was that! I love how the yellow glass plays off the black metal.

A few years ago I turned another set of metal wall sconces into solar lights except with those I used dollar store solar garden lights. So now you have two options for solar DIY patio lanterns.

If you have any questions about this DIY outdoor solar lighting project, please leave them in the comment section below or the Contact Me tab at the top. I love hearing from you!

If you enjoyed this DIY solar jar light sconce idea, I'd be so thankful if you shared it with a friend and pinned it to your outdoor lighting or backyard ideas board on Pinterest.

Outdoor Patio Solar Jar Lights

Repurposed Outdoor Sconce Solar Jar Lights

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  1. Those pineapple sconces that are solar are fabulous for outdoors. I remember when you made the waterfall and the sign above it. Still looking so great. Enjoy that backyard retreat. We all need a little retreat of late.

    1. Oh my goodness, Kris, I didn't even connect that the solar jars have a pineapple motif! 🤣 Asleep at the wheel on this one 😴

  2. Such a clever idea Marie :D I bet they look gorgeous at night when they cast a warm glow over that showstopper of a water wall. One of my all time favourite projects.

    1. Thank you, Michelle 😃 They do cast a lovely soft glow to the water wall at night. It's so nice to have the water wall running again for the summer.

  3. You always have such fabulous ideas Marie! I love everything about this and your waterwall is gorgeous too!

    1. Thank you Jayne, for your sweet comment and visit! I hope your week has been a good one so far.

  4. Your backyard is just wonderful Marie. I am glad you finally get a little bit of warm weather to enjoy it. I have problem with candles melting in a large front window, or lanterns on the front of our house. What a great and achievable makeover. pinned

    1. Yeah, I've been replacing all my wax candles with solar lights in the yard for that reason. I did the happy dance in the Dollarama aisle when I saw those pineapple solar jars. LOL Yes, I'm heading out into the backyard soon to enjoy lunch while we have sunshine. Enjoy the sunshine today too my friend. xo

  5. These are so cute! I love ideas for solar lights. I haven't posted about it yet, but I just redid a chandelier into a solar light. Love your water wall, too. That is so neat!

    1. Thanks! Oh I love those solar light chandeliers. Can't wait to see yours, Cynthia!

  6. I love how those turned out! What a great idea and so warm and cozy looking. Thanks for sharing this at the TFT link party.

    1. Thank you so much, Pam 😀 They cast a lovely soft glow at night that adds ambience to our water wall.


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