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How to Catch Moonbeams in a Jar
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Remember - light layers are best. You won't see the paint when it is wet, so be careful and don't over do it.
Any size jar will work as long as the lid is wide enough to accommodate your solar panel.
This is a good size for a fairy jar. The battery pack will easily fit on the lid of a medium to large sized jar.
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.