Monday, June 10, 2013

~Garden Lights~

This is a thrifty little project that is so easy!  My friend {and creative muse} D'Ann saw these little garden lights at a local antique store.  We knew we could make them for next to nothing!

D'Ann's hub is a contractor, so he takes lots of old light fixtures featuring these little jewels out of homes as he remodels.  Between the ones we could get from him and some purchased at Goodwill and other thrift stores, we had quite a variety to work with!

So here is what you need:

  • globes from old light fixtures
  • solar garden lights (these are at Walmart for $1 during the spring/summer months)
  • shepherd hooks (got these on sale 40% off at JoAnn's)
  • wire (D'Ann's hub had the wire we used, but I have seen it for sale at Lowes)
Start with using the wire to make a handle.  We used wire snips for this part.  We cut two pieces of wire, one for the handle at 12 inches and one for the part that goes around the neck of the glass globe at 10 inches.  
There really is not an exact science to this.  We just made loops on each end of the 12 inch wire, then fed the 10 inch wire through each loop and twisted the 10 inch wire around the neck of the globe.  

Next, we disassembled the solar garden lights.

You have to pull that orange tab out for the lights to start working.  Once this was done, we put the clear plastic covering back on.  Then we just sat the whole thing down into the neck of the glass globe! The clear plastic part is essential because it will help keep the light in place.  We actually tried to do this without the clear plastic thing and hot glued the black solar part on top of the globes....FAIL....don't waste your time hot doesn't stay!

And here is what it looks like with the solar light in place.

The last step is to determine where you want your garden lights.  I chose the path in our backyard.  It was still light when I put them in, and I got busy and forgot to take pics at dusk with them lit up!  Will try to remember tomorrow and update the post!  I just went outside to look and I LOVE the soft light illuminating the path through our shade garden/backyard!  Of course, it is way too dark at 10:00 PM to get a decent picture for you!  But here they are when I put them in.

A FUN and thrifty little project!  Hopefully you can make a few of these for your own garden! 

~Summer Blessings to All~
Linking to some great parties!


Gail said...[Reply to comment]

What a grand idea for garden lights! I love seeing solar lights hanging on shepherd hooks instead of the usual stake in the ground. They add an element of grace to your pathway! Visiting from Coastal Charm linky party.

Ms Lemon of Make Mine Lemon said...[Reply to comment]

Great project. Very clever.

Nellie's Cozy place said...[Reply to comment]

These lights are such a cute idea,
and how clever of you guys to figure them out. Great work, and they look so sweet in your yard.
Nice work,
Blessings, Nellie

Wild Oak Designs said...[Reply to comment]

So clever!! So it just sits inside the little opening not glued or anything?? wow. I will have to try that....

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stefanie said...[Reply to comment]

sssoooooo cute!

County Line Road said...[Reply to comment]

This is a fabulous idea. I absolutely love it. Thanks for sharing.

Debilou ~ Mississippi Mama said...[Reply to comment]

what a great idea. I have 2 sets of these globes that I knew to keep for some reason. Glad to have something to do with them now. Thanks for sharing.

Susan said...[Reply to comment]

I love this easy project. I went and got the hook (now 70% off at JoAnn's), the lights (.97 cents @ WalMart), already have the wire, but am still on the hunt for the globes. Thanks for the tutorial and inspiration!!

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Pam Jackson said...[Reply to comment]

I love it...thanks for sharing.

Colleen said...[Reply to comment]

Thank you for including in your instructions where to by the items you used and pictures of those items, very well illustrated :)

Patricia said...[Reply to comment]

This is a great idea I will do, as some of my solar light stakes have broken off. You can also find the shepherd stakes at the Dollar Tree, another money saving place.

Jenn Wright said...[Reply to comment]

This is just genius!! I've been futzing with the solar light mason jar thing but th his will be much more easy!! Goodwill here I come!!

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Sheila said...[Reply to comment]

I saw this blog post recently via Hometalk and got so excited because this is exactly what I've been needing for our front entry! Our landscaping peeps keep running over our solar lights (Grrrrr!, ruining them, so I needed to get them up off the ground. Getting the solar lights was the easy part, same place you bought yours. Found adorable, scalloped clear-glass shades at Salvation Army for a mere 50 cents! And, two shepherds hooks in different heights (exactly what I needed next to steps) for only $3.99 & $4.99 at Gordmans, and even got to use a coupon. It was interesting, as I was doing the legwork finding items, how expensive similar pre-made solar shades can be. And, thanks to you and your blog, here I am making them for less than $5 each! THANK YOU! :-D

Cathy Franks said...[Reply to comment]

What a great idea thanks for sharing

Ruth said...[Reply to comment]

I really enjoy your creativeness. What really caught my attention is the cut glass globe. I've been trying to find one like that for my 28 year old Casablanca ceiling fan. If you're willing to part with it I'd like to purchase it from you. Thanks for your consideration, Ruth

Arnold said...[Reply to comment]

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Sara Welsh said...[Reply to comment]

This is such a crafty idea! I have been looking for a way to light the path from my patio to my garden, and I think this would be perfect. What are the lights you're using, and do you think it could be changed out for solar powered lighting?

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Cynthia Rhose said...[Reply to comment]

I have never thought of using traditional solar garden lights like this before. It really adds so much charm to the garden area when you turn them into a proper little lamp. I will have to try my hand at this and see if I can even come close to what you have done.
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Margie said...[Reply to comment]

How do you keep the solar light in place? All of my globes are either too small or too big for the solar light? Any help would be appreciated! Thank you!

Margie said...[Reply to comment]

How do you keep the solar light in place? All of my globes are either too small or too big for the solar light? Any help would be appreciated! Thank you!

Joyce Richardson said...[Reply to comment]

You can use a clear silicone like GE to hold the light in place.

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Elisabeth Flowers said...[Reply to comment]

What a fun idea. I save globes just for such things and I am excited to get busy on this project. It's late July and I am ready for next spring. Time to get busy, thanks for the great idea, Liz F.

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