Dollar Store Outdoor Lighting

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I wanted some outdoor lighting that did not need electricity.  Jeff and I were at the Dollar Tree looking around one day and I saw these little solar table lamps that stood about 7 or 8″ tall.  They were really cute and the they were next to some wire hanging planters.  This idea popped into my head that I could create some fun dollar store outdoor lighting from these two things.

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Dollar Store Outdoor Lighting

So I put together a tutorial for you so if you find the same types of items you can make your own.

First of all supplies.  You will need

A bracket,

a hanging basket,

a solar table lamp,

wire,

double sided  tape

wire cutters,

scissors and

some pliers to manipulate the wire.

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Remove the base from the lamp shade and take the solar unit out of the shade and remove the chain from the planter.  Place it aside for later.

I had Jeff drill three small holes in the shade for me.

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Then cut three pieces of wire all about 2.5 inches long.  The wire I used is pretty thin and flexible.  It doesn’t have to be hard to work with.  It just needs to hold the shade in place.

Place one end of the wire through the hole in shade and wrap the other side around the hole in what is usually the bottom of the planter but for this project we are turning it upside down.  Continue this with all three holes and wire pieces.

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You can tell if the shade is crooked and if this happens just tighten the wire on the lower section of the shade until it straightens out.  Fold the wire down so it is not sticking up in the air and trim with wire cutters so the ends are not so long.

Next we will be working with the little solar light itself.  I place some double sided tape in two spots on the lights.  My intention was to have the tape adhere to the inside of the shade to keep it from falling out.

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After you have the double sided tape on the sides, place them up into the shade.  I had to press pretty hard to get them all of the way.  I wanted there to be no room for it to decide to come falling out of the shade.

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The last step is to make the chain shorter and add it to what is now the top of the fixture.  I counted 7 chain links from the top hook then removed the eighth on.  Do this on all three chains.  Be sure to keep the clip at the end of the chain.  When you have them all shortened place the clips on the same three wires they were on before.  You can tell which ones they are by the curly at the bottom where the clip used to be.

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Ta Da!! You are all done with your dollar store outdoor lighting fixture.  Now just make as many more as you would like in your space.  I made five of them.

Use the bracket to hang them from a fence post like me.  I also hung one from the tree using a small hook.  Another idea instead of a bracket would be a shepherd’s hook for hanging plants.  They would look cute hanging there too.  And if you like some color go ahead and spray paint the planter before starting the tutorial.

Dollar Store Outdoor Lighting - www.michellejdesigns.com

Dollar Store Outdoor Lighting - www.michellejdesigns.com

Dollar Store Outdoor Lighting - www.michellejdesigns.com

Dollar Store Outdoor Lighting - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

I found out that taking pics just when it is getting dark is a lot harder than it looks but I wanted to show a couple of them lit up.  They don’t put out very much light but they do add a little bit of ambiance to the space.  I think if I wanted more light I would be a more upgraded solar light and use that instead of the dollar store table lamps.

Dollar Store Outdoor Lighting - www.michellejdesigns.com

Dollar Store Outdoor Lighting - www.michellejdesigns.com

Dollar Store Outdoor Lighting - www.michellejdesigns.com

Dollar Store Outdoor Lighting - www.michellejdesigns.com

What do you think?  Do you have outdoor lighting and if so, what kind do you have?  I would love to know.  Stay tuned for more projects to spruce up my back yard space.  I can’t wait!

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32 Comments

  1. Lauren Harrison

    Michelle,
    I really love this idea…you are so clever!! Turning those planters upside-down was genius! The Dollar Tree is my favorite place to explore and shop…I always seem to find something new in there that “I just must have”!! ❗️

    14 . 05 . 2015
    • Michelle

      Thanks Lauren! Brian and Jeff thought I was crazy but I think they turned out nice. Thanks for the comment!

      14 . 05 . 2015
  2. Rebekah // Charming Imperfections

    This is really cool! I never would have thought of it, but you pulled it off beautifully!

    14 . 05 . 2015
    • Michelle

      Thanks Rebekah. So nice of you. I appreciate you stopping by.

      14 . 05 . 2015
  3. Melissa French, The More With Less Mom

    These are neat! I like that you can hang them anywhere. Thanks for posting. Hello from Think and Make Thursday.

    14 . 05 . 2015
    • Michelle

      Thanks Melissa! I am glad you like them.

      14 . 05 . 2015
  4. Peggy

    AAAAAHH! SO cute!

    14 . 05 . 2015
    • Michelle

      Thanks Peggy! They ARE cute!

      14 . 05 . 2015
  5. Jennifer

    I love, love this idea. The only lighting we have comes from a really strong lamp outside our porch, which sprays out onto the backyard and then those sticks with the oil light that you put in the ground. I’d love to try this idea if I can find solar lamps.
    I tried to use solar Christmas lights one year but we live in Maine and we didn’t get enough sunlight in December to get them going.

    16 . 05 . 2015
    • Michelle

      Hi Jennifer. The solar lights aren’t the brightest but they give a little ambiance. I would love to use LED but I don’t want to have to plug them in. I am glad you like them.

      16 . 05 . 2015
  6. Marjie @ Home Again Jiggety-jig!

    This is super clever! We live in a very windy area, so this is unlikely to work exactly as you have made it, but it sure has given me some cool ideas! Thanks for sharing. (Marjie – from “The Take Action Tribe”)

    16 . 05 . 2015
    • Michelle

      Hi Marjie. I am glad I could spark some ideas for your space. Iowa is pretty windy but in my back yard with the fence and the house it is fairly sheltered. I hope you find something that works for you too.

      16 . 05 . 2015
  7. Wendy

    Isn’t the dollar store amazing?! This is such a creative idea and looks great in your yard. Whether or not these exact items are available, using your ideas and methods something similar could be made by anyone! Your post is a reminder to see dollar store merchandise with a creative eye. 🙂

    18 . 05 . 2015
    • Michelle

      Hi Wendy. I do love the dollar store and it is fun to buy things with a different use in mind. People sometimes call me crazy but…oh well! LOL! Thanks so much for stopping by.

      18 . 05 . 2015
  8. Kelly

    Michelle! These look fantastic! it always amazes me what someone with just a little imagination and creativity can make out of the simplest material.

    18 . 05 . 2015
    • Michelle

      Thanks Kelly! I love to find things and make other things with them. LOL!

      18 . 05 . 2015
  9. Chantal

    This is so creative Michelle, I love it! You come up with such unique DIY’s!

    20 . 05 . 2015
    • Michelle

      Thank you Chantal! I was happy with the outcome on these and they are even still working. LOL!

      21 . 05 . 2015
  10. Aspen Jay

    What a clever idea Michelle!!! I love how they look at night!

    22 . 05 . 2015
    • Michelle

      They turned out pretty good! I am so happy with them. Thanks for stopping by.

      22 . 05 . 2015
  11. Brittanie @Simplistically Living

    I love the dollar store! This is a great idea. Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty. Hope to see you again!

    25 . 05 . 2015
    • Michelle

      Hi Brittanie. I was excited to link up the the Home Matters Party. Thanks so much for stopping by.

      26 . 05 . 2015
  12. Raquel

    What a nice lamp you made. Love that you created it yourself and saved money too! Dollar stores are the best!

    29 . 05 . 2015
    • Michelle

      Raquel-thanks so much. I agree…dollar stores are the best!

      29 . 05 . 2015
  13. KariAnne

    You are so clever! I love this idea and we have a dollar store just around the corner. 🙂

    Happy day friend!
    karianne

    21 . 07 . 2015
    • Michelle

      Thanks KariAnne! They came together pretty easily and they look great! I hope you can get the stuff and make some yourself!

      21 . 07 . 2015
  14. Alexis @ Chemistry Cachet

    Such a fun idea and it looks great! I really love turning something like that into a great item for the yard! Have a wonderful day!

    03 . 09 . 2015
    • Michelle

      Thanks Alexis! These are nothing compared to your pergola but they were fun to make and are still working. LOL! Thanks for stopping by!

      03 . 09 . 2015
  15. Carolann

    I am lighting obsessed! Love this Michelle. thanks for sharing such inspiring ideas!

    01 . 04 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Thank you Carolann. I didn’t know you were obsessed with lighting. I love it!

      01 . 04 . 2016
  16. Sue

    As I was reading I was thinking that this would be so popular on Hometalk and low and behold it is. Honestly you’re a gold mine of DIY ideas.

    01 . 04 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Thanks Sue. I have put some things on Hometalk. You are right. It is the perfect place for it.

      01 . 04 . 2016

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