DIY Solar Light Holder

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I just love creating things-it doesn't matter if it is out of barn boards, fence pickets, concrete, or hypertufa because when you think outside the box you can create so many cool pieces of garden art.
Working with either concrete or hypertufa does not always turn out but when it does you step back and say "WOW".
I had accomplished creating my flower and had some hypertufa left over so I could not waste it...
so I went walking around looking for something...
My elephant ears were not big enough to do those really cool hypertufa birdbaths and then I walked past my biggest green hosta and the LIGHT WENT ON!
I bought a few solar lights to put in the dry stream bed but they do not poke in the hard ground so easy so i knew I needed to come up with something creative. Even though I have LED low voltage lights in the front, I have not been able to re-run my wire and lights in the back yard. Solar lights at Target and Walmart are $1 so I have been inserting them in votive holders and sconces and thought about the ground.
I have to perfect how to do more but this is a basic how to for you to make your own. I think this is much prettier than sticking a light in the ground and calling it good. I let it sit about 12 hours before I peeled the leaves off and drilled the hole.
I really love how it looks in the dry stream bed and at night it looks really cool!
Creating, inspiring, and gardening without the rules!
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After your first one you always find a way to make it better. next time I will carefully shape the hypertufa bit better around the hosta leaves.
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Hypertufa mix from flower project-1 part sand, 1 part peat moss, and about 1.5 parts Portland cement mixed to about peanut butter.
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I went and picked off 3 hosta leaves to use for this project
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I mounded up the sand not too high and I carefully took the stems off the hosta leaves. I used the sand to make a point where I knew the solar light would go
Note: I spray the leaves with WD40 so they would not stick too bad. Any cooking spray or oily substance would work.
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Just smeared it on the leaves
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I liked the way the leaves look but they had to be peeled off. I took off some of the chunks and washed off the sand
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After I peeled the hosta leaves off-I was so excited to see it turned out
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I drilled a hole with a 1/2" masonry bit but the hypertufa is still so soft that a drill bit would work too
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Use the hacksaw to cut the plastic tube down to the height you want
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I definitely need to handle this sooner than 12 hours so I can carefully get the extra around the leaves off (but that's okay because it still looks cool!)
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Night shot-cannot wait to make more!
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  • Lki12302567
    on Sep 25, 2018

    what is hypertufa?

    • Sandy Carpenter
      on Oct 1, 2018

      Hypertufa is a mixture of Portland cement and other organic additives, peat-moss ,sand,natural fibers “ I use cotton yarn or any fine natural fibers” vermiculite or perlite.the ratios differ but you can google hypertufa recipes for mixtures that folks have used and proven,but keep in mind you need at least 25% Portland cement go any to work ,Portland cement is the glue that holds it all together

  • Lisas Rexstar
    on Sep 27, 2018

    Like you, I love how the green leaves look. Is there a reason you could not use a super-glossy green paint?

    • After the hypertufa dries, I think green paint would look great. Maybe finish it with a coat or two of sealer to make the paint last longer. I would only paint the top par that shows though.

  • Sjt29229935
    3 days ago

    Is there a specific reason you waited until it was dry to drill the hole instead of inserting the light base in place while the hypertufa is still wet and would conform nicely around the light base making a secure fit? Sure looks warm and wonderful. Inspires me to start mixing cement and plucking my big hosta leaves before the snow flies.

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  • Csl21385316
    on Sep 26, 2018

    I have a whole studio of concrete leaves and this is a new idea for me. The only thing I would suggest is next time don't take your concrete over the edges of the leaf. You can make a nice edge by leaving it a half inch from the edge and either feather it out or round the edges. I round mine for more stability.

  • Karolyn
    on Oct 12, 2018

    Love this! I, too, will be trying this!! Thank you for the post...

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