Metal Solar Light Flowers

I saw so many solar light flowers being sold and I couldn't believe the prices. $10 and up. I knew I could do better. So I just decided to give a try and make my own. These are based on a set of three lights Bird and Blooms were giving away in one of their contests. I didn't win  so I made my own.
Bought three solar lights at Dollar Tree. Several empty soda cans and bottles of metallic craft paint in bronze, copper, gold.
Got my cans and lights together.
Cut strips out of the soda cans with scissors.
Found a leaf template online, sized it to fit, traced it on the metal strips. Got two per strip and cut them out.
Six petals per solar light would work. Now I had to make them look like actual petals.
I used a pencil for the creases and veins. Now they look like real petals. The creases and veins made them rigid.
Glued the petals around the perimeter of the solar lights. Painted the petals with metallic craft paint in bronze , copper, and gold.
Folded the petals down to look like a flower. They look pretty nice. Cost me three bucks for the solar lights, recycled soda cans, and had the paint on hand from other projects. Really nothing much to speak of. Just wanted to see if I could make some.

Suggested materials:

  • Solar lights  (Dollar tree)
  • Empty soda cans  (After drinking the soda)
  • Craft paint  (Had on hand (who doesn't))

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  • Sandra Costarelli Katin
    Sandra Costarelli Katin
    on Jun 1, 2017

    Just want to say loved it
  • Fran Lasker
    Fran Lasker
    on Jun 11, 2017

    How do you keep people and animals from getting cut by them?
    • William
      on Jun 11, 2017

      They're in my flower garden, but they aren't sharp at all so no one can get hurt. I plan to make about six more for lighting up my walk. I have a side entrance.
  • Shirley
    on Jul 2, 2018

    YES, this is something I have been looking for. Any ideas on making them taller?

    • William
      on Jul 2, 2018

      What A great idea! You can add on a piece of PVC pipe, electrical conduit, or copper pipe to make them taller.

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