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Gifts Kids Can Make: Stained Glass Solar Lights

2016-07-27 by Stacy Teet
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These beautiful stained glass solar lights are simple gifts kids can make, and are shared by our Blog Ambassador Stacy Teet.

There’s just something about a handmade gift that speaks straight to the heart. Don’t believe me? Give one to your Grandma and watch her entire face light up the room. From the joy a child gets making something they can feel proud of to the extra special way you make someone feel knowing you spent some time thinking about them in your day, handmade gifts are the only way to go!

I’m always on the lookout for simple projects my kids can make that will turn into great gift ideas for family, teachers or friends. One look at the Stained Glass Made Easy line from Melissa & Doug and I knew they’d make great stained glass solar lights and lanterns. Just as pretty on our porch and fun for family camp outs as they would be to make and give as gifts this year.

They turned out so pretty, want to see how we made them?


We started with the Stained Glass Made Easy Owl, Butterfly and Rainbow and Hearts Ornament set. These are so simple, kids of all ages can do them. Here’s a quick video that shows you how simple to put together they really are.

Make Your Own Stained Glass Solar Lights

To turn the finished product into stained glass solar lights and lanterns you only need a few supplies:

Gifts Kids Can Make Stained Glass Solar Lights

All you need besides the stained glass art sets are some glass jars (we saved some sauce and jelly jars) and cheap solar lights. I got these at a big box store for 99 cents.

Gifts Kids Can Make Stained Glass Solar Lights

We hot glued them to each jar, but I think we will reattach them with super glue or gorilla glue soon. Hot glue doesn’t hold up so well in the heat, and here in Texas where the heat index was 108 today … that’s kind of a must.

I removed the lights from their stakes (they pull right off) and put them in the jars. This way you can take them out anytime for a quick recharge. You could charge the entire lantern, but the colors will start to fade from the direct sunlight in the heat of the day, so I suggest pulling them out and charging only the solar light when needed.

I kept all the lids usable when gluing on the stained glass, so we could pop them in and out whenever we needed.

Gifts Kids Can Make Stained Glass Solar Lights

The results were these beautiful stained glass solar lights and table lanterns. Some of them look great on our walkway and front stoop and the larger ones make perfect centerpieces and look great sitting on a nearby table.

The kids were so proud of their new creations and I know when we gift these to family and friends they will be impressed too!

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Gifts Kids Can Make Stained Glass Solar Lights


Stacy Teet

This post was brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Stacy Teet. Stacy is the mom behind KidsStuffWorld. Her writing is chock-full of tips for enjoying parenthood, saving money, entertaining your kids and making your family’s life a bit simpler. Facebook | Google+ | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram | Blog

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