My dutiful husband was mowing our front lawn the other day, and accidentally broke one of our plastic solar lights. The top of the light still continued to function, and when day turned into night, it glowed as if to say “don’t throw me away, I am not done yet!”
I often struggle to find new ideas for projects, but I have come to realize the best ideas come to me without even trying. I began to think about a way I could re-purpose the light. Then, my mind wandered off as it often does, and I also pondered a separate incident that occurred during a trip to Joann Fabric earlier in the week. My daughter picked up a small ceramic yard fairy. She wanted to carry it around the store. It was small enough, so I allowed it. She accidentally dropped the fairy and it broke in two. Exercising the “break it and you bought it moral policy”, I paid for the item hoping I could glue it back together when we got home. Then both memories collided and an idea to merge these broken items together was born. I would make a “lighted fairy in a jar” A paradise for a convalescing fairy with a broken wing. I didn’t have a jar handy, so I used a glass vase I had lying around. I also had some decorative marbles and sprinkled them on the bottom of the vase.
I then began to create a suitable home for our little fairy. I used artificial flowers, trimmed and glued them inside the vase to create a suitable habitat for our little broken friend.
I carefully placed the fairy inside the glass vase. Before dropping her in, I used hot glue to cover the bottom of the statue to properly set her in place. I intentionally applied random droplets of glue to give the appearance of condensation thus providing a drink for our little “pet”
Now that the scene was set inside the glass, I began to come up with a way to use the solar light to illuminate the vase, I had a plastic lid handy, and decided to use the hot glue gun to adhere the plastic light to it. I traced the light with a black sharpie onto the lid and cut a hole in the top to expose the solar panel. I glued the modified light and lid to the top of the vase, allowing the solar light to drop in place and illuminate the jar. I added some additional blue marbles around the top rim of the jar for decoration.
It all came together something like this:
I would recommend this project is done under strict adult supervision due to the hot glue involved. I actually dread using the high heat gun, because I always manage to burn myself with it at least once no matter how careful I am!
When I showed my daughter her fairy jar gift she loved it and decided to give it a kiss. My heart just melted! What little girl wouldn’t love her own “pet garden fairy”
As the night turned into day her fascination only grew as the jar began to glow. Then it occurred to me all the possibilities and jar themes you could come up with. Let your imagination run wild and create a wonderful garden keepsake.. and remember broken things are beautiful!!!!
Jar or Vase
Solar Light (top)
High Heat Hot Glue Gun/Glue Sticks
Decorative items for your Jar:
Child’s toys figurines
Rocks, Plants, Marbles:
Create any scene you wish!