I wanted to share with you a project that I made back at the beginning of last year, mostly because it's making me think of warmer things.
This is a night light solar lamp that I put together for the daughter of a swap partner. (She likes butterflies). I wasn't sure exactly how this would come together when I first thought of the idea, I knew I was going to use the glass paint a friend had lent me, and some kind of solar light. So I scouted around, and found a set of lights at Lowes for about $8, the kind you stab into the ground at a campsite or something.
I had the original idea of pulling the solar panel out of the light, and putting it in a mason jar with a ring lid (and it was just the right size), but I quickly learned that these lights weren't meant to be pulled all apart. So instead I went to Goodwill and found a vase that was about the right size.
I just used the top part of the lights, and I put a ring of hot-glue on the underside to help it sit on the vase without slipping. (You can also see the kind of light I used).
I then covered the vase with butterflies and a caterpillar out of the glass paint I had. It was simple stuff probably for kids crafts, but it worked rather well. I had to be careful how it dried though, so I didn't get long runny marks.
I thought it looked just okay, until after dark when I turned it on for the first time. Boy was I excited! The effect was just like stained glass!
I strongly encourage you to try it! I saw some instructions on how to do this with stained glass jars and even how to make your own glass paint.