Zested Solar Lights

3 Materials
30 Minutes
Hey y’all! Chanda here, and I’m continuing to Zest Up my outdoor space! Geesh, I am lovin’ these long, sunny summer days. Today we are looking into outdoor lighting for those fun summer nights spent on the back patio! Cheers to DIY lighting projects!

Photo Cred: Anya McInroy
Here is a crazy simple project that I am totally in love with….using $1 store solar lights to create unique, one-of-a-kind lighting for my space.
This was a piece that I found ages ago for displaying candlelight.  I found it, of course, at a garage sale for next to nothing.  I really love the look of light coming through the frosted glass, but I didn’t want to have to deal with melty candles in the July heat.  So, it was time to switch things up.
The inside needed a good scrub, but when all was said in done, this project was a quickie.  It was simply a matter of replacing tea-lights with mini solar lights.  I spent a whopping $4 on these!

After popping the top off, it was time for some hot glue gunnin’.
Working quickly, before the glue cooled, I rimmed each light and plunked them on the tea-light stands.
Such a simple fix….and I’m loving the glow.
It’s beautiful at night, and the best part is that I never have to think about these guys or turn them on.  Here’s to not having to scrap wax or pay out the nose for a constant supply of tea-lights.  I love that my lights are on every night!  Instantly welcoming, don’t you think?
I hope you get a chance to play around with solar lights this summer….the possibilities are endless!
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Suggested materials:

  • Tea light candle display   (Thrift Store)
  • Hot glue and glue gun   (Craft Store)
  • 4 mini solar lights   (Dollar tree)

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  • Kerri Kerri on Nov 04, 2017
    Love the look, but do you set it out in the sun every day so the solar lights recharge, or do they get enough light just sitting on your porch?

  • Annette Annette on Jun 24, 2019

    Wow this looks amazing I love this look!!! I will have to try this sometime. Thank you for an inspiring project. Do you mind if I share this with a few of my sisters? We are all pretty creative also but love new project ideas.


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