DIY Upcycled Solar Wall Sconces

2 Materials
4 Hours

For my very wooded back yard I not only needed some extra solar lights, but also wanted to decorate a very plain fence that surrounds our dog pen. We need the extra lights in the pen for letting the dogs out at night. A purposeful trip to the local thrift store and I was able to find exactly what I was looking for to create both decorative and functional solar lights.

Old Candle Holders

At the thrift store I found 3 sets of old candle holders for only $3.99 each. These were such a good find and would work perfectly for what I wanted to create.

Making the solar glass globes

Not did I want solar lights but I also wanted to use up some of the glass jars in my recycling bin. Two sets of the candle holders had a flat base that was perfect to use the old jars as globes for the solar lights.

First I removed the top section of the $.97 cent solar lights I purchased at Walmart. Then I applied Gorilla Glue to the edges around the solar light and attached it to the bottom of the glass jar.

Solar Glass Jars

I allowed the glue to dry for several hours while I continued to work on the other parts of the project.

Spray Paint the wall sconces

I selected Rust-Oleum Spray Paint in Seaside Gloss to spray paint the wall sconces and the tops of the glass jars.

Create the solar light base

Once the paint was dry overnight, I hung up each sconce and attached a painted lid to the candle base of each sconce. I needed to hang them up get the lids to stay in place while the glue dried.

Hang them up on the fence outside

After that, it was just a matter of hanging the sconces on the fence outside and making they got plenty of daily sunshine to keep them charged up.

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1 comment
  • Gayle
    on Jul 14, 2020

    Omg I love this!!!!! I may have to try this when I can find the holders. Thank you 😊

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