Repurposed Solar Light Mushrooms

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I bought these cute little solar lights in the shape of mushrooms a couple of years ago at a dollar store ($1/each). As solar lights tend to do - these stopped working - the cells are on the INSIDE of the mushroom. The mushrooms fill with water every time it rains - that has caused shorts and rust and made them unusable as lights. But they were too cute and in too good of shape to get rid of just yet...
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Cost: $0.00Difficulty: Easy
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Any of the solar cells that were still attached, I removed them. I then thoroughly cleaned the tops and bottoms in soapy water with a scrubby and a toothbrush to make sure any/all dirt was removed. Really check the "tracks" where the two pieces go together. I'm being honest - I missed some and had to do it all again (that's what brought out the toothbrush - works great on the "tracks").
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I left this *1* solar cell attached - because it still works and I'm curious to see what happens at night! :D
I sprayed them all with Krylon Fusion Spray Paint (made for plastic). I had some leftover from a previous project.
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I painted all of the circles with red enamel that I happened to have extra. Let them dry overnight.
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Put them back together and placed a few around the yard.
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On either side of my Strawberries.
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And a couple in front of Fiona.

Suggested materials for this project:

  • Rust-oleum High Performance Protective Enamel  (Lowe's)
  • Krylon Fusion Spray Paint for Plastic  (Lowe's)
  • Solar Mushrooms  (Dollar Store)