What to Do With Old Solar Lights ...

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We had a bunch of old glass solar lights that all had bad sensors . My husband held onto them , thinking there must be something we could use them for.... I love how this little upcycle turned out!

Check that your solar lights don't just need a new battery

Old broken solar lights

This is about as easy as a project can get ...

First check to make sure your your non working solar light , doesn't just need a new battery !!!! Yes , most need to be replaced every year or so ...and most need special batteries that are made for solar lights .

In my case , the sensors gave out after a couple of years .

But , the lights were good ones , made of metal and glass , so my husband held onto them .

Clean out the glass area

My husband said I should make them into mini planters!

I cleaned them off and brought them outside.

Add rocks (for drainage) and dirt

Add rocks for drainage

I put some rocks in the bottom of the glass area to allow for some drainage.

Next , add some plants or flowers and some dirt to support them .

Plant your flowers

Fill each light with pretty flowers and then stand these beautiful little planters along your walkway, outside your porch, or anywhere that needs a little life!

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3 of 9 questions
  • Phyllis Gears Pezzin
    on May 9, 2020

    Any ideas for the cheap dollar tree type?

    • Aleta Campbell
      18 minutes ago

      I’m going to decorate mine to look like garden “fake flower” stakes. I can use them to support floating row cover in the fall when the frost come along to extend the growing season.

  • Dawn Kiffe
    on May 14, 2020

    It’s more of a comment...

    I LOVE THIS IDEA... too cute!


  • Sanderball Sandraball
    on May 15, 2020

    how would you water the flowers?

    • Pamela
      on May 15, 2020

      Hi ! I don't put the top back on the glass . It is open to the air/ sun . I just water it like any of my other plants ... I did put rock in the bottom to help with drainage , there are no holes in my solar light bottom .

      I water them slowly and sometimes move some of the leaves aside ,

      So I know the water is getting into the soil and not just running off .

      I try not to over water them . So far they are doing fine ! 😊

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  • Katrina
    on May 15, 2020

    How cute is this love the idea you are reusing things people would trash since it wasn"t working any more

  • C.B.
    on May 16, 2020

    I like your idea...but...I would run a stringer of Christmas lights to them instead. Drill a small hole in the metal/plastic base so that it goes inside the glassed area...plug the cord into an exterior outlet and if you have a switch that controls the power to that outlet & you are set! If you don't have a switch that controls the outlet...plug in a timer then plug the lights into the timer. Best to keep this stringer of lights where you won't need to walk between them 😉

    • Pamela

      Good idea , but I don't have outside electric ... and even if I did the squirrels would probably

      Chew through the wire 😕

      We had a string of solar lights that we placed in our large

      Flowering bush , they ate through 2 sets of lights ...

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