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My Take on Another Solar Chandelier!

I wanted to join in on the awesome solar chandelier craze but after searching local flea markets I couldn't find anything that was cheap enough so I ended up with this metal wall sconce for $4
It was in great shape so all I needed to do was to spray it with a couple coats of polyurethane since I wanted to display it outside.
Then it dawned on me, duh, it has no sockets to hold the solar lights.
And then I remembered I had ......
Taking several sizes of magnets with me I headed to Big Lots. They have all sizes of solar lights plus the dollar store has sold out of them. I quickly found that when I removed the bottom part of the solar light one size of magnet fit perfectly inside the part that normally would set in the socket.
This shows I stacked 3 magnets in the bottom of a solar light. The light is turned upside down. I found that I had to push slightly to get these in. They were all different though. 2 lights took 3 magnets, 1 light took 4 and 1 light only took 2. I didn't want to force any more in and chance the plastic cracking. All were a tight fit so they didn't need any glue. Of course the one with 4 had more magnet power than the one with only 2.
The lights were nice and tight against the metal candle holder. The magnets were doing its job.
I should have picked the smaller sconces BL sold but they were more expensive and I would have had to purchase smaller magnets too.
Then I thought perhaps if I painted it it would take away from the bulkiness.
Looks great with my cushions of aqua and lime. Not sure you can see the dining set in this finished pic.
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And here it is at night giving off its soft glow I was looking for. Hint..,for optimum glow make sure there is no other light source nearby. I have a window with a lamp in it that isn't shown in this pic and didn't get the glow I expected until I closed the window blind!
  • Deborah
    Deborah Bakersfield, CA

    This is a great idea, you have inspired me. I love the color you chose, one of my favorites. Looks pretty. I will definitely be trying this. I never thought about using magnets to hold in place so this has opened me up to new ideas. Thank you for

  • Ann M
    Ann M Maumee, OH

    Thanks so much Debora. Happy it inspired you.

  • Jane H
    Jane H Janesville, WI

    I've been doing this for years! I have a post on here too about it!

    • Ann M
      Ann M Maumee, OH

      With the magnets? It's about the magnets.

  • Helenehi

    Impressed ! Thank you 馃槉

  • Itkahs Emih
    Itkahs Emih Newark, OH

    This is beautifu! ;-)

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