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Create the Best Solar Garden Lights


Create the Best Solar Garden Lights

create the best solar garden lights 2 shows the homemade garden lights in the front of my house

If you are like me, you have thrown away a few worn ceil fans over the years. I always admired the globes that are in the lighting kit to the ceiling fan, but I never knew what to do with them. Well, now I know! Just recycle them into garden lights. The lights I used actually came from the dollar store.

Supplies Used:

create the best solar garden lights 3 shows the supplies needed for this project


Purchase as many solar stake lights as you have ceiling fan globes. It is not necessary, but I wanted to decorate mine with a nautical theme. I had some lighthouse wine glass rings that made the perfect adornments for my lights. In order to have something to attach them to, I purchased a pack of elastic ponytail bands. I just picked out a couple for the top of each light globe in complimentary colors. Using a pair of needle-nose pliers, I opened up the lighthouse adornment, ran the open end through a few threads on the ponytail bands, and closed up the hook on the lighthouse.

create the best solar garden lights 4 shows the decorated light globes in red, green and yellow

You could go with any theme you wanted with this project. For instance, you could go to a craft supply store and purchase adornments in butterflies, fairies, flowers; the possibilities are endless. I just used what I had on-hand. Just keep in mind that if your lights are exposed to the elements that you pick items that are relatively waterproof.

Another decorating option is to use waterproof, pastel-colored paint to paint the globes in a decorative way. Just keep in mind that the light would not show through very well with dark-colored paint.create the best solar garden lights 5 shows the garden lights during daylight in the front of my house

Create the Best Solar Garden Lights was such a fun, easy project, and I think it is one I will be doing again. For more crafty fun in the garden, try my Bundt Pan Hand Painted Planter Pot. Need to keep the kiddos busy this summer with a gardening craft project? See the post from The Spruce Crafts for 10 Adorable Gardening Crafts for Kids.

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My qualifications–I have been an avid gardener for over 40 years. I also have had extensive undergraduate horticulture training.

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Friday 16th of July 2021

How and what paint do use to color the glass?


Saturday 17th of July 2021

Lillie...I did not paint the glass globes, but I guess you could.


Thursday 21st of May 2020

thanks Renea! i too have collected these globes and am always looking for new ideas for them. in the past i have put the small opening on a small plant saucer with a battery operated tea light and set on my fireplace mantel. they are very vintage and go perfectly with my vintage decor. this will be a great addition to my outdoor space! and it's nice to know how long those Dollar Store lights last, i've often wondered!


Thursday 3rd of December 2020

mine lasted almost a year!


Sunday 24th of May 2020

That's a great idea! Thanks for the nice comment.

Cathy Donahue

Monday 24th of June 2019

I have one question. Do you glue the ceiling light globes onto the solar lights? If so what type of glue should be used?


Monday 24th of June 2019

Hi Cathy--I did not glue my globes onto the solar lights because I have found that those dollar store solar lights last for maybe 1 season. I did not want to use a permanent adhesive for that reason. It has not been a problem for me; they have never blown off. If you want to use a glue, I would suggest something that is not very permanent such as a few dots of craft glue. Happy repurposing!!!

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