What to Do With Old Solar Lights ...

by Pamela
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5 Minutes

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

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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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  • 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.

  • Que81935410 Que81935410 on Jun 12, 2023

    I would like to know how to make the glass flowers

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  • Pam Pam on May 06, 2023

    Love this idea. Due to plant water needs, it would probably be best to plant succulents.

    • Sheros Sheros on May 26, 2023

      lol..here they would be best used to collect rainwater...plants would drown in a week..

  • Maxine Maxine on May 26, 2023

    Or you can use your creativity for a special occasion. We certainly have amassed

    lots of options. Try a different one each time i.e. plants for daytime Lights for

    evening. Have fun.