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How to Catch Moonbeams in a Jar

Updated on April 10, 2013

Create glow jars for your evening garden

There's something magical about summer evenings: balmy breezes heavy with the scent of night blooming flowers, cricket sounds and the twinkle of fireflies. So why not grab a comfortable chair and head out to your evening garden to relax and enjoy the show?

The best accessory for any moon garden would have to be your very own homemade jar of moonbeams.

 

Now you can bottle up the magic of moonbeams and give your evening garden that special twinkle with these simple instructions.

So go ahead, carry moonbeams home in a jar.

All photos are by author

Moon garden
Moon garden

Why a Moon Garden?

What is it, anyway?

You don't have to be a gardener to appreciate the wonders of an evening garden.

 

A moon garden, or evening garden, is simply a garden designed to be enjoyed in daylight and after the sun slips down. Evening gardens take advantage of night blooming flowers for their exotic scents and bright white blooms for day and evening interest.

 

Moon garden essentials are very simple: a few white flowers, a night blooming flower for extra fragrance and a comfortable seat. Add a glow and a twinkle and you've created a magical spot to relax and let the stress of the day melt away.

Bring on the Glow

What You'll Need

 

 

One jar with a clear lid

Glass frosting (I used Rust Oleum Frosted Glass)

One solar path light

Clear caulk or other adhesive

Moonbeam jars
Moonbeam jars

Step One

 

Make sure jar is completely clean and dry.

 

Lightly spray a coat of glass frosting inside the jar. You will need to give your jar several layers of frosting spray.(I used 5 applications)

 

The paint goes on clear when wet, so you will not see the frosted effect until it's dry.. Don't spray with a heavy hand or you won't like the outcome. Allow the jar to completely dry between applications.

Step Two

 

Remove the solar panel from the solar path light. The photo shows two types of path lights with the solar panel disassembled. This should be a very simple procedure; just unscrew the plastic globe surrounding the solar panel.

 

Many solar lights also have a battery, so if yours has a battery component, insert batteries.

Step Three

 

Place the solar panel on the lid of your jar, with the panels facing the top of the jar.

 

Secure your panel with adhesive (I used clear caulk).

 

Allow the adhesive to completely dry before moving the jar.

 

You've Got the Glow

Set your jar in a sunny spot in your garden. When the sun goes down, you'll have your glowing moonbeams.

You could buy one.... - if you don't feel like making one yourself.

Solar Sun Jar - Glows Yellow
Solar Sun Jar - Glows Yellow

These jars come in an assortment of colors: white, yellow and blue.

Not only are they great for a moon garden, they also can be put to work as nightlights for kids.

 

Fairies in a Jar - How to safely capture twinkling fairies

Add Some Twinkle

What You'll Need:

If you don't want to go through the mess of spray paint, here's another way to add some twinkle to your garden. It's a super simple project - only four easy steps.

Here is the list of supplies you'll need:

Jar with lid at least 3 inches wide

Battery operated string lights & batteries

White glitter or snow

Glue

Fishing line

Plastic wrap

Scissors

They make great party favors for Fairy themed parties.

If you want kids to make these for birthday party favors, just have the battery packs already attached to the jar lid. The party guests can paint and add their own combination of glitter colors or snow flakes.

Step One

 

Mix a small amount of white glue (such as Elmer's Glue) with water.

 

Brush on the inside of the jar.

 

Be sure to cover the inside thoroughly.

Step Two

Add white glitter, or snow to the jar.

 

Cover the jar opening with plastic wrap to keep jar lid clean.

 

Place lid over the plastic and twist lid shut.

 

Shake jar to evenly distribute glitter/snow.

 

Allow to dry thoroughly.

how to make a jar of fairy lights
how to make a jar of fairy lights

Step Three

 

Cut a 9 inch piece of fishing line and tie ends together in a secure knot.

 

Place loop around battery box.

 

Adhere battery pack to inside of jar lid with clear caulk or other adhesive.

 

** You can secure battery pack to lid with a hot glue gun, but remove batteries beforehand.

how to make a jar of fairy lights
how to make a jar of fairy lights

Step Four

 

 

Drape the end of the string of lights over the fishing line

to evenly distribute lights throughout the jar.

 

Turn lights on, screw on lid.

Supplies for Moonbeam and Fairy Jars

Rust-Oleum 1903830 Frosted Glass Spray Paint, 11 oz, Frosted Glass
Rust-Oleum 1903830 Frosted Glass Spray Paint, 11 oz, Frosted Glass

Remember - light layers are best. You won't see the paint when it is wet, so be careful and don't over do it.

 
Bormioli Rocco Fido Clear Jar, 50.75 Oz.
Bormioli Rocco Fido Clear Jar, 50.75 Oz.

Any size jar will work as long as the lid is wide enough to accommodate your solar panel.

 
RTGS Products Warm White Colored LED Lights Indoor and Outdoor String Lights, Fairy Lights Battery Powered for Patio, Bedroom, Holiday Decor, etc (WARM WHITE COLOR 20 LEDs 7 FEET 1 SET)
RTGS Products Warm White Colored LED Lights Indoor and Outdoor String Lights, Fairy Lights Battery Powered for Patio, Bedroom, Holiday Decor, etc (WARM WHITE COLOR 20 LEDs 7 FEET 1 SET)

This size is perfect for a small twinkling fairy jar. Make sure the lines are a clear fiber so they won't show through the glass.

 

Before you go, want to hear the moonbeam song?

Have you ever heard Bing Crosby sing "would you like to swing on a star, carry moonbeams home in a jar"?

Tell me now, I'd love to know

Do you let your garden glow?

If you do, then I should boast:

Moonlit beds we love the most.

Thanks for your visit. - Do you like adding twinkle and glow to your garden?

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      electrolion 

      5 years ago

      Very nice lens. I've never been into maintaining my own gardens, but I love admiring everyone else's.

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      SteveKaye 

      5 years ago

      You must have the most amazing garden. I'm sure that it's beautiful both day and night.

    • VineetBhandari profile image

      VineetBhandari 

      5 years ago

      beautiful & cost effective ideas. Great lens

    • justramblin profile imageAUTHOR

      justramblin 

      5 years ago

      @siobhanryan: Oh thanks for checking out this lens, Siobhan. I love adding magic to my life!

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      siobhanryan 

      5 years ago

      Blessed-Simple ideas which add a bit of magic to our lives

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