DIY Power Outage Kit With Light

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With all the horrible storms and hurricanes going on, I realized that I was ill-prepared for power I decided to remedy that problem by repurposing a broken clock. For the full tutorial and details, please visit my full blog post HERE!
This is the piece that started it all- a broken clock cabinet-type thing I found at the thrift store. As soon as I saw it, an idea began to form in my mind...
My idea? To repurpose it into a battery-operated emergency lantern with power outage supplies inside! And I would use one of these push lights to bring my vision to life.
Before spray painting the whole thing black (and painting a portion of the light silver)- we altered the door ever so slightly. **Those details are in the full tutorial on my blog**. Then, I used some super glue to attach the light to the front.
I love how it looks- chic enough to fit right in with our decor, but with a SUPER handy secret inside...
Emergency supplies! Candles, batteries, solar-powered radio, etc.- all at the ready for when the power goes out. Who knew that broken clock cabinet could end up looking so awesome AND be so incredibly handy??
Suggested materials:
  • Clock cabinet (or similar)   (Thrift store)
  • Push light   (Home improvement / Hardware store)
Sadie Seasongoods
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  • Debbie Debbie on Nov 02, 2017
    This is an absolutely great idea ! I have emergency materials available but to have them so handy is priceless. Thanks !

  • Beth Beth on Jul 30, 2021

    I'm concerned on a couple bits, but I LOVE this creation so much! I think lightsticks have an expiry date even before they have been cracked open. Also, I would replace the solar radio with a hand crank version in case the sun is inabsentia on storm day. I adore the way your mind thinks! Thanks for this project idea!!!