Use Dollar Store Vases To Create Outdoor Lighting

Michelle James
by Michelle James
3 Materials
$2
3 Hours
Easy

I love solar lighting around my patio area in the summer but sometimes the ones you can purchase aren't very pretty or cost too much for me. I decided to spruce them up with some dollar store vases. These end up costing $2 per light (not including the markers) but look so much better than the dollar lights.

For each light I used a dollar store vase, a solar light and (affiliate link) oil based sharpies. I chose the green and white to draw dandelions on my vases.

Start by drawing the stem. I drew one stem then on the opposite side of the vase I drew a second stem.

Next, add the flower part with the white sharpie. I have a step by step tutorial on the blog but basically you draw the lines, then the dots. If it doesn't look right you can wipe it off and start over. Although do this right away it is easier to wipe off before it dries.

Then I added some flying dandelions. Just like they are blowing in the wind.


When you have the design you like, bake them. Place them on a cookie sheet in a cool oven. Bake at 200 for 2 hours. Then turn the oven off and remove them when the oven is completely cool.

Take the solar light apart. I used just the light for this.


Place the light into the vase and you are done!

They work nicely and they look much better than the other solar lights. These are perfect for setting on tables around your outdoor space!

This is the best picture I have of them in the dark. It is hard to get a good one outside.

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I hope you like these solar lights!

Michelle

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  • Mimi Mimi on Apr 27, 2019

    Hello, an Oven on for 2 hours? This very pretty idea just got very expensive!

  • Judy Judy on Dec 28, 2019

    This is cute, but do the solar lights heat up? I am not familiar with using them but I used to do 20-35 light Christmas lights and they got too hot in the bottle or vase - needed an outlet for the heat.

  • Jeri Boyd Jeri Boyd on Nov 20, 2020

    Are they sturdy in the wind? I would have to put something inside to keep them from blowing over. But I love the idea - very novel.

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  • Terry D. Terry D. on Feb 19, 2022

    Good idea! I used solar lights on bath and body works candle jars after I use the candle. I came up with that idea when I found out that my dog is not fond of the lights. I hope that I can find the vases, because I know dollar tree has plenty lights and they last longer than the expensive ones.

    • Michelle James Michelle James on Feb 20, 2022

      Hi Terry you are right about the dollar tree lights. I love them. That is a fabulous idea with the candles. I think I will try it. I also saw someone using the tops to spray cans. They are already pretty colors. She added holes in the sides so the light would shine through. They were cute. Have a good day

  • Jan58126766 Jan58126766 on May 31, 2022

    Love the simplicity if the dandelion! Right up to my drawing ability, kinda like stick figures, but WAY nicer....

    Fabulous idea, and so very reasonable!!

    Thanks!

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