DIY Lamp Post: How to Illuminate Your Garden in Style

11 Materials
30 Minutes

Get ready to light up your front walkway with a unique and charming DIY lamp post! If you're looking for a creative project that will add a classic touch to your home, this is it.

Today, I will share step-by-step instructions so you can create this gorgeous pathway light that will impress your guests and brighten your entrance.

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Head to the dollar store and grab a solar light and picture frames for this awesome outdoor lighting idea for the front of your house!

Removing the back panel of a picture frame

1. Prepare the Picture Frames

To make this project, you will need four picture frames with their backs removed. 

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Using a hot glue gun, adhere the glass to the picture frame. Do this on all four frames. This will create the box of our faux street lamp.

Sticking the sides of the picture frames together

2. Assemble the Picture Frames

Once all the picture frames are ready, it's time to assemble them into a square shape. 

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Apply superglue onto each side of the frames, and then place them against each other to create a cube. Follow the package instructions for curing time, typically 24 hours, to ensure that the frames are solidly glued together.

Painting a square piece of wood black

3. Painting the Base and Cover

While the frames are curing, it's time to add some elegance to our DIY solar lamp post by painting the base and cover. Using two square pieces of wood, apply a coat of black paint suitable for outdoor use to the top and sides of each piece. This will give our faux street lamp a polished and authentic look

Mod Podge for outdoor use

4. Seal the Wood

Once the paint on the wooden squares dries, it's time to seal them so they are protected from outdoor elements. Grab some outdoor mod podge and paint the tops and sides of the frames with it. Let it dry completely to ensure a durable finish.

Spreading glue along the top edge of the picture frame cube

5. Attach the Solar Light

Now it's time to attach the solar light to the top of our faux street lamp. Apply superglue to the top edge of the cube. 

Gluing the cube to the black wooden base

Then flip it over and place the sticky side on top of one of the pieces of wood to create the base of the DIY solar garden light. 

Pulling the base of a solar light apart from the top

Remove the lower part of your solar light.

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Add some hot glue to the bottom of the remaining piece and place the solar light in the center of the cube on top of the wood, press firmly to ensure a strong bond. 

Adding superglue to the top rim of the DIY solar lamp post

Apply more superglue to the top of the frames.

Placing the top cover on the lamp box

Then place the other piece of wood on top to create the cover of our lamp box. Let everything cure according to the package instructions.

*** The solar light will receive indirect sunlight and will work. It just will run for less time than it would with direct sunlight.

Measuring a pool noodle against a roll of gaffer’s tape

6. Create the Stand

To create the lamp post stand, we'll be using a pool noodle and gaffer's tape. Measure the width of the pool noodle against a roll of gaffer's tape, to get the width of the pool noodle you need to cut.

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Cut the pool noodle to the measured length. 

Wrapping the cut end of the pool noodle in gaffer’s tape

Wrap the pool noodle with gaffer's tape for added durability and visual appeal, and place a small piece of gaffer's tape on one end of the pool noodle to create a finished look.

Inserting a broomstick into a hole of an upside down planter

7. Assemble the DIY outdoor light post

Flip a flower pot upside down, and insert a broom handle into the pot. 

Placing the wrapped pool noodle on top of the broomstick

Place the pool noodle on top of the broom handle, this will be the stand that your lamp box sits on. Make sure the pool noodle is securely attached to the broom handle.

Attaching the lamp box to the pole

Now it's time to attach the faux street lamp. I cover the top of the pool noodle in hot glue and position the solar light lamp box on top of it and wait for it to dry and set firmly.

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This pathway lighting idea is a delightful addition to any front entrance that not only enhances the aesthetic appeal of your home but also serves a practical purpose.

With its unique design and creative use of everyday items, this DIY solar lamp project is a beautiful way to guide visitors to your front door day or night.

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So, what are you waiting for, get crafting and enjoy the beauty and functionality of your very own DIY lamp post! I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

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  • Joze13 Joze13 on Jun 08, 2023

    how does your light recharge since the sun can't get to the solar panel on it?

  • Jim Cox Jim Cox on Jul 05, 2023

    Wondering how long Modge Podge will hold up in the elements

  • Vicki Vicki on Jul 05, 2023

    If you sealed the bottom and top pieces of wood, how would you install a new battery?

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