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!

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

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
Add rocks (for drainage) and dirt

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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  • Mary Mary on Mar 27, 2021

    I like this idea but don't they dry out fast? Do you have to water them every day?

  • CDefibaugh CDefibaugh on Mar 27, 2021

    Have you thought about putting glass beads in the bottom and battery tealights? Beautiful for an evening backyard party!

  • Lorraine Lorraine on Mar 27, 2021

    Have you thought to put silk flowers instead no watering and some look like real flowers I usually add a few within my containers.


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  • Lucy Lucy on Mar 29, 2021

    a Good idea would be to get some rocks, and spray paint them with Solar or glow in dark paint. And put in there. I might try that myself

    • Pamela Pamela on Mar 31, 2021

      Yes , cool idea ! Also could be a fun Halloween decor , glow rocks and some plastic spiders , lol 😂 I tried glow rocks in my front garden , but I have a street light there , and it messes up the effect 😕 I should put them in my back yard , hmmm....

  • Denise Newman Cuevas Denise Newman Cuevas on Apr 14, 2021

    I have done this with no problem. Spring and summer we are outside as much as possible so watering is no problem. Plus, I don't have the in full sun so don't need watering every day.