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DIY Solar Lanterns

I needed a bit of light on my porch. Didn't have any outlets, so I made my own. I'm sorry I didn't get pics of the steps by steps, I was by myself and totally got into the project. But, it's pretty easy and you can always ask me any questions if you need for info.
Cost: $50 Difficulty: Easy
Stuff I used:
  • 2 Black Lanterns from AC Moore, $6.00 each (had a 50% off coupon, so I got both for $6)
  • 2 Solar Led Bulb Light sets from Big Lots, $12 each
  • Plastic Flowers Bunch from AC Moore, on sale for $4.99
  • 2 Black Deco Chain, cut to 1 Foot each , from Home Depot, $0.98 each
  • Already had - Florist tape and wire
I attached the chain with pliers. I doubled it because the chain was too long. I used the holes on the top to hang the lights in the chandelier pattern. I grouped the lights in 3s to get the chandelier effect. I added wire to the groups of lights and then ran them through the top.
I basically played around with the groups of lights, till I got the effect that I wanted. With the wires I was able to control how far up and down the lights went. The last 2 groups of lights I had hanging down to get the chandelier effect. Again, just played around till I got the look I wanted. To finish off the lanterns and to hide the wires, I hot glued the flowers on each side.
Finished lanterns!
Different view.
This shows where I placed the solar panels, I wanted to put them on the roof, but we have really bad weather here, so that idea was vetoed. Please don't judge the X-Mas lights.. but we had NO lights so I had them up and connected thru a window, till I had a better solution.
*Extra* The wreath was a wire wreath ($2.99), Plastic Flowers ($4.99), Wired Ribbon ($3.00), & Spring Sign ($2.99) all from AC Moore. I had left over green burlap. I used florist wire for the ribbons and hot glue for the flowers. There are TONS of videos on how to do these wreaths on YouTube.. I just start with burlap and then add ribbons and decor, but if you need a little help here's a video -->https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOVJOxmuB-g
My Spring Porch decor.. I will upload pics of the lanterns at night.
The lanterns at night

Materials I used for this project:

  • Florist Tape
  • Florist Wire
  • Solar LED bulb lights (15)   (Big Lots)
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Ask the creator about this project

  • Nicolette Spargo
    Nicolette Spargo New York, NY
    on May 11, 2017

    Very pretty and unique! Awesome job

  • Jessie
    on May 12, 2017

    Very Pretty and creative .. I may do something similar but paint it white..

  • Dami B
    Dami B Fall River, MA
    on May 14, 2017

    Thank you

  • Marian
    Marian Bartow, FL
    on Jun 4, 2017

    love this

  • Ardale
    Ardale Poplar Bluff, MO
    on Aug 17, 2017

    You say your flowers are plastic but they look like silk flowers to me? Very cute lanterns but especially love your beautiful door wreath! Very creative! Thanks for sharing.

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