If you have been following along with my blog this spring you know I am all about the patio remodeling project. I have an entire series planned (if I ever get finished) on how to redo the patio “from drab to fab” without breaking the bank. Unfortunately for me, that meant doing a lot of the work myself (or with unwilling children “volunteers.”) I’ve been scouring thrift stores and cleaning my closets to find items to upcycle. While spending an evening trying to find inspiration on pinterest, I came across solar lights. Naturally, I started making solar lights out of everything in sight. I wanted to make one to sit on a side table beside my patio furniture, so back through the closets I went and came up with the easiest solar light ever.
I started with an old glass fish bowl and an old metal candlestick, I also used some mulitcolored glass beads, a cute plastic bird designed for outdoor decor and a multicolored blinking solar light. I found the glass beads and the plastic bird at the dollar store and snatched up the solar light on sale at the hardware store.
I started by removing the plastic spike that anchors the solar light into the ground. Then, I used glass adhesive glue (found at the dollar store) to attache the solar light to the bottom of the fish bowl. Note: It is very important to work quickly on these steps! I glued the plastic bird into place beside the solar light and immediately added the glass beads around the light and bird to keep them in place. Allow this to dry completely before attempting the next step.
Once the glue is dry, use the adhesive to attach the fish bowl to the candle stick. You can paint the candlestick with rustoleum if you like, but I happened to like the silver color and decided not to change it.
I like the lamp, but my cats love it! They sit at the back door at night, gazing out onto the patio, watching the blinking lights. For less than $5, I’ve got a cat toy and a practical light for outdoors. Score! What DIY projects are you making this summer?