Decorate your Garden with a Sonnenglas

Sonnenglas lantern with peonyHave you manage to spend much time in the garden this year? We’re overhauling ours and it really isn’t much of a nice place to be right now but hopefully, in a month or two, it will start to come together and we’ll be out there more and more.

In the meantime I wanted to introduce you to this lovely product, the SONNENGLAS®. On the face of it, it’s a garden lantern but actually, it’s so much more.

Created in South Africa and originally designed for people without electricity, the production of SONNENGLAS® has created jobs for over 50 previously unemployed men and women from the townships Alexandra and Soweto.

In South Africa, SONNENGLAS® has become a real cult item and created quite a buzz. It’s environmentally friendly, gret fun and is now available across the globe.

So how does it work? Well the handmade SONNENGLAS®works on the principles of a solar powered lantern, storing energy from the sun to light your garden by night. I have to say though it’s exceptionally well made and extremely robust.

SONNENGLAS® contains four solar-powered LEDs, which are charged by solar cells in its lid. When placed in direct sunlight the batteries are charged and provide many hours of soft, yet bright lighting without glare.

And so of course, it’s perfectly friendly to the environment and gives you a multitude of ways to decorate your garden space.

Lift the lid and fill it with whatever your creative brain allows. I took a peony head and popped it in mine just to show how pretty it can look, but why not fill with shells and sand or dried fruit or pebbles. The list is endless and only limited by your imagination.

We have grown a very large palm tree in our garden over the last decade, which has thankfully survived some horrid winters, but it makes a great location for the SONNENGLAS® and if I had more, can you imagine how effective it would be?

Can you spot it amongst the branches on the image below?

Now one of the features that I love on this product, which does make it stand out from the crowd is the ability to switch the night light on or off; it’s not just one uncontrollable, continuous glow.

When it gets dark you can turn on the SONNENGLAS® using the unique magnetic switch. The four LED lights give off a beautiful glow, a light which is ideal for reading by.

You can see the strength of light here on my palm tree in the garden. It really is bright!

The SONNENGLAS retails for £23.99 and I’m more than happy to recommend it.

Order yours HERE!

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Jen Stanbrook

Jen is an interiors writer and blogger and has an insatiable love of home style and decor

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  1. CCH2018
    June 23, 2018 / 11:56 am

    What a great idea for a decoration never thought of using that! thanks for this post!

  2. Lins @ Boo & Maddie
    June 24, 2018 / 5:19 pm

    This is such a pretty garden item, I love solar powered lighting and I’m always amazed at just how much light they do give off X

  3. Bethany
    June 24, 2018 / 7:37 pm

    Wow, that’s really bright! How does it hold up in the rain?

  4. Sam
    June 25, 2018 / 7:24 am

    Ahh what a lovely idea! And looks so cute too.

  5. Maria
    June 25, 2018 / 9:14 am

    Love finding alternative ways to light up outdoor spaces and this one is a beaut. Love a design that allows you to interact and change its look. x

  6. Lin
    June 25, 2018 / 11:40 am

    It looks beautiful at night Jen – must try one !

  7. Fiona
    June 25, 2018 / 1:04 pm

    What a clever idea and so pretty in the garden too. Looks like it lights up really brightly too.

  8. Stacey Sheppard
    June 25, 2018 / 5:22 pm

    This looks cute. Such a great idea for countries where power is an issue but they have unlimited solar energy.

  9. Mary | hellopeagreen
    June 25, 2018 / 9:53 pm

    Solar power and great community message – its a winner isn’t it? I love a few solar lights dotted around in the summer, saves all the batteries portable lights go through!

    June 25, 2018 / 11:11 pm

    I would have multiple little jars to light up one of our paths in the garden. Loved the last photos which captures the light emitted!

  11. Pati Robins
    June 26, 2018 / 12:42 pm

    oh my this jar is just oh so cute i love the fower inside so much too

  12. Donna Ford
    June 26, 2018 / 1:56 pm

    What an amazingly cool idea!!!! D x

  13. Natalia
    June 26, 2018 / 9:47 pm

    What a fab garden accessory – and a lovely story to go along with it too!

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