Every year I purchase a strand of solar lights (like Christmas lights) and put them in my crab apple tree and every year the strand gets nibbled on by the deer and the lights quit working. This year I decided to make my own solar powered garden lights using things found at the Dollar Tree. I stumbled upon the cut glass jars in the cosmetic section and was happy to find the solar garden stakes fit on top perfectly. I though the pattern on the jars would give off pretty reflection on the trees. They remind me of vintage salt and pepper shakers.
- Glass Containers (Mine are From the Dollar Tree Found In the Cosmetic Section) You Can Use Anything As Long as There’s a Rim Around the Top To Secure the Wire to and the Opening is the Same Size as the Solar Cap.
- Solar Garden Stake (Mine are From the Dollar Tree)
- Hot Glue Gun or Use E6000 Glue In Clear.
- Copper Wire 18 Gage Found at Any Hardware Store.
- Remove the top portion of the solar stake (make sure and keep the clear part attached because it has a reflector in the bottom that will help illuminate the jar).
- Hot glue (or use E600) the solar cap to the glass jar.
- Cut a piece of copper wire 21 inches long (if you are using the same jars, if not cut it according to how much you will need for the size jar you are using).
- Wrap the wire around the rim of the jar and twist tight to secure in place.
- Leave enough gap on the opposite side to feed the wire through to make a handle. ( I put my finger under the wire to add the needed gap).
- Pull the wire over the top and to the other side and twist to keep in place (the same as you did at the start).
- Twist wire until tight and secure enough to take up the slack in the gap and keep the wire under the rim.
- Manipulate handle until it’s in the correct shape (the wire is very bendable).
- Place in a tree or garden and enjoy.
I made 6 for my tree and was excited to see them glowing the first night I had them up. I think they’d be a great addition to any garden, patio, walkway, or treeline. If you want them for yourself watch out they’re addictive to make, I could’ve easily put them together all day.
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