Tiny Garden Solar Light

4 Materials
30 Minutes

Don't throw away those old solar lights! Broken or old solar lights are the perfect thing to house your succulents and decorate your garden or walkway!
tiny garden solar light
I used the old solar glass light we had in our yard. I had a few that weren't working so well anymore, so I went around my yard collecting them and laid them all out on a table.
tiny garden solar light
I only needed the glass cup part and the stake, so I took the top part off to use the rest for my project.
tiny garden solar light
I stuck the solar light stake into a milk crate to hold it steady, then put a few handfuls of soil into the cup. If you're planning on planting succulents, make sure that your soil is a dry, sandy mix. Succulents don't like to soak their roots.
tiny garden solar light
I transplanted some succulents and other plants I had in my yard and around my garden into the cups.
tiny garden solar light
I lined them up along my walkway along with a mix of different flowers and plants. This is a quick and very simple upcycle and it will really beautify your walkway.
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  • Rose Cottage
    on May 20, 2018

    What about drainage?

    • Randy
      on Apr 21, 2019

      I have several lights that no longer work was going to toss them until I saw this article!! Thank you fur the great idea!!

  • Sue Sanders
    on May 20, 2018

    You said the succulants dont like a lot of water, so what happens when it rains and the glass bowls fill up with water.?

  • Sheri Farley
    on May 27, 2018

    I live in North Carolina would my succulents survive the winter I planted them in a cement bird bath and it would be extremely difficult to move!

    • Karin
      on Apr 21, 2019

      As long as it doesn't get to far below freezing -chicks n hens will tolerate the cold but other succulents freeze - you can pull them out of your bird bath and put them in a box with sand and peat or with the dirt they were in - just throw the dirt in the bottom and lay the plants on top , and barely water them through the winter - just enough so they don’t start to wrinkle up .

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  • Robin
    on May 3, 2019

    I can not wait to do this. Probably tomorrow!!

  • Lana
    on Jun 2, 2019

    GREAT IDEA!!   Perfect way to recycle those lights, thanks for sharing!

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