Solar Patio Lights

2 Materials
10 Minutes

I’m so in love with my new seating area on my patio. In fact, I’m sitting out here now, enjoying the shade from my giant maple tree and listening to the birds singing all around me. My neighbors on the other side of my fence have a cedar privacy hedge and the birds just love to sit in the cedars and sing their little hearts out.

I wanted to share a simple little craft that I just made for out here on my patio and what better place to write about it than on the patio, looking at the crafts I made!

This is the pile of materials I started with. Some I already had and some I had to run out and get, like the solar stake lights. I got them for $1 each at Dollar Tree.

First I removed the stake from the solar lights by gently pulling them apart. I kept the remainder of the solar light together but if you want you CAN remove the sort of patterned shade part and just use the very top part which is black.

The candle holders I got for this project had a piece of twine around the top with a little wooden heart trinket tied onto them but this wouldn’t work with what I had in mind and was a little too “precious” for the look I was after as well. I cut off the twine and hearts and saved the hearts for some future project.

I took some twine and ran a bead of glue around the neck of the candle holder. After I got the twine all the way around to the starting point again, I turned it to form a handle up and over the top of the holder.

At the opposite side I simply started another round of twine and went OVER the part that formed the handle to make it as secure as possible.

In total I had 3 full rounds of twine on the neck of the candle holder. I made sure to put a dab of glue on the end to keep it secure and prevent fraying.

Next I removed the tab from the solar light to allow the battery to charge and the light to come on. These ones barely lit up initially which simply means they haven’t been exposed to light for a while which is no surprise since I just bought them.

Next I ran a bead of Gorilla Contact Adhesive (dries clear) around the rim of the candle holders and centered the solar light in the hole.

I ran another bead of Gorilla Contact Adhesive around the edge of the solar light to make sure there was no gap between the light and the container. Since these will be outside I don’t want any water to get through into the container. You could also use clear silicone if you prefer.

Out into my new patio area I went and hung them along my vinyl fence using fence hooks. They don’t get direct sunlight here all day but they do for a period of time each day and of course get plenty of light all day.

Because I chose colored glass containers, they look cute during the day just hanging there and add a splash of soft summer color. In the evening they will of course light up and add to the ambiance created by the string lights I hung out here in this area as well.

They’re so cute.

They add so much ambiance and coziness to this space.

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  • Joy Joy on May 13, 2021

    And when the Solar lights stop working (and they do!) you have now Gorilla glued the light to the glass n it’s now would be useless???

    Even though not expensive...may use one summer n done...I guess.

    Neat idea though.💕

  • Bettina Bull Bettina Bull on May 18, 2022

    Fence hooks. where do you find them and what are they made of?

  • Cot14163692 Cot14163692 on May 19, 2022

    Solar lights still contain a battery that may need to be replaced at some point in the future….you glued the solar light into the candle holder, how will you access the battery to chsnge it?

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  • Lynne Lynne on May 18, 2022

    Really cute!

  • Ogmichelle45 Ogmichelle45 on May 19, 2022

    On your table, if you need more light at night . I used a candlestick and glued the solar light head in it.

    I live here in Florida and of course I'm thinking when we get our next hurricane and we are out of power I can pull my candle sticks in the house.