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From Candle to Solarabra!

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I ran across this candle holder chandelier at a thrift store. I just knew what I wanted to turn it into... a Solarabra!


Time: 30 Minutes Cost: $5-10 Difficulty: Easy



I had some Rustoleum Metallic spray from a previous project. I sprayed the whole thing with one light coat and let it dry. I sprayed it with a second coat and let it dry.





I then tipped it to spray paint the bottom and any missed spots and let it dry completely.





I put silicone in the candle holder holes.





I pulled the pole base off of 3 solar lights from Walmart and stuck them into the silicone. The silicone will hold them in the place and this kind is good for outdoor use. If my solar lights go bad, I will be able to pull them out of the holder. I'll have to clean out the old silicone (which is not super fun but doable) and then put new silicone in and add new solar lights.





I let the silicone harden for 24 hours and then it was finished.





Here is the solarabra at night. I love how it turned out and it goes on my well with my solar chandelier which you can find here: http://www.hometalk.com/15802161/from-candle-... be making this and more solar things on Hometalk's Facebook Live show on Friday, March 10th at 7pm EST. Hope to see you there! https://www.facebook.com/Hometalk

Materials I used for this project:

  • Candelabra   (Thrift Store)
  • Solar Light   (Walmart)
  • Silicone   (Walmart)
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Ask the creator about this project

  • Toolpro
    Toolpro Parkesburg, PA
    on Apr 26, 2016

    Wonderful idea. I have a hanging 2 candle holder that this idea will work well for to be used on the porch. Thanks! I think I heard one of the box stores advertising a sale on the little lights... even better.

    • Chas
      Chas Fort Collins, CO
      on Apr 26, 2016

      @Toolpro Thanks, I'm really glad you like the idea and can make one too.

  • William
    William Burbank, IL
    on Apr 26, 2016

    That's a unique idea! Now everyone in you neighborhood is gonna want one. Anyone ring your doorbell asking where you bought them yet =:)

    • Chas
      Chas Fort Collins, CO
      on Apr 26, 2016

      @William Thanks William.

  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on Apr 26, 2016

    Fabulous!! I need to make one for my backyard!

    • Chas
      Chas Fort Collins, CO
      on Apr 26, 2016

      @Hannah V Thanks Hannah

  • Jeanietrujillo617
    Jeanietrujillo617 Hereford, TX
    on Apr 27, 2016

    I have had "cheap" $1.00 solar lights for 3 years......a few have quit working. I just pulled off the tops and replaced the batteries with regular ones. this might work if yours go out.......easier than replacing!

    • Jennie Lee
      Jennie Lee Parkersburg, WV
      on Apr 28, 2016

      @Jeanietrujillo617 They sell the rechargeable ones right next to the lights at Walmart.

  • Teri
    Teri Chowchilla, CA
    on Apr 27, 2016

    instead of pulling them out, you can take the tops off and replace the batteries!

    • Chas
      Chas Fort Collins, CO
      on Apr 27, 2016

      @Teri Thanks Teri

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