Firefly In A Jar

Firefly In A Jar
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Growing up in Minnesota we used to catch fireflies in the evenings. It was such a magical experience to run around with them. We would catch them, put them in a mason jar, watch them, and then release them. I wanted to create something to have in my home during the summer that could capture that memory.

I started with a battery operated votive light that I found at the Dollar Tree.

I pulled it apart.

I took the lid off a small mason jar that I had. You could use a recycled jar as well.

I knew I’d be adding the light base to the lid but I needed the light to hang down far enough inside the jar. I added some hot glue and let it cool to help elevate the light.

I added hook and loop (Velcro dots) to the glue on the lid, and one on the base of the votive LED light. I did this so I’d be able to get to the on/off switch as well as be able to change the battery when needed. I was able to get these at Dollar Tree as well.

Here is what it looks like attached and on.

I put some grass in the bottom of the jar. You could use fake grass or something else.

I placed the lid back on.

My jar was finished and I had a captured firefly.

The little LED light flickers on and off. I love how this turned out and I am happy to have this memory preserved in my home.

This project would be great for kids as well.

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Comments (13)

  • Brilliant idea!! 🙂

  • Oh how I love this Chas!
    How I miss those sweet childhood summers & my fireflys in a jar by my bed. I still see some, but very few. How sad they’re not around here anymore. Tfs this unforgettable memory. Not to share with my GB. ❣❣ Joy⚘

  • You are my go to craft person for wonderful ideas.. The teapot and cup and saucer , the gazing ball with the light inside are more are easy to do and innovative. Now i can add the firefly light to the crafts i am doing.. Thanks so much for this fantastic website.. I am definitely a fan.. Gail

    • Oh my gosh Gail, you just made my day 🙂 You are so sweet and I’m so glad you like my crazy creations 😉 I’m so happy to have you here! Sending you hugs

  • Oh gosh, I remember chasing fire flies around my grandparent’s side yard. I also put them in a jar with tiny holes so that they could live through the night. Then we let them go later. What a great memory! I never would have thought to take one of those tiny lights apart. I love this one. 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing.

    • Thank you so much Linda! I love hearing everyone’s stories about catching these magical bugs. Someone reminded me in Minnesota that we called them lightening bugs – I had forgotten that. I really miss seeing them in the evenings – but I don’t miss the mosquitoes 😉

  • Such a great idea! We used to love catching fireflies when I was young living in Pennsylvania! Thanks for sharing at The Blogger’s Pit Stop! Roseann from This Autoimmune Life

  • What a clever idea! I, too, have very fond memories of catching “lightning bugs” in the mountains of West Virginia as a kid.

    Visiting from Little Things Thursday

    • Thank you Ericka, and I had forgotten that we called them lighting bugs too until someone recently reminded me. Thanks for sharing your memories too 🙂


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