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!
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.
I only needed the glass cup part and the stake, so I took the top part off to use the rest for my project.
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.
I transplanted some succulents and other plants I had in my yard and around my garden into the cups.
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 Rose Cottage on May 20, 2018

    What about drainage?

  • Sue Sanders 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 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!


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  • Cathy Cathy on Feb 19, 2021

    II am thinking that it might be fun to paint the bottom stakes in bright colors to make them pop against the greenery. For those concerned about succulents, plant hens and chicks as they will survive the cold.

  • Wifesipad Wifesipad on Feb 20, 2021

    I think that would a good idea. I also painted the inside of the glass with acrylic paint with mix colors.