Monday, July 9, 2012

diy outdoor solar chandelier


Hope you all enjoyed a great 4th of July break, we had fun in Vail and crossed
a few items off of our Summer Bucket List,
and now I'm ready to knock out some of my projects!

But, you know how easily I get distracted, and how much I love Pinterest,
that dangerous combination  =  a diy outdoor solar chandelier that I put together today.


My inspiration was from Leah @ The Garden of Leah,
she used a simple outdoor solar garden stake to create her clever chandelier. 

http://leahglass.blogspot.com/2010/07/outdoor-chandelier.html

Per Leah, remove all of the original electrical wires and guts from your chandelier.

I thought the style of this clear globe fit my chandelier best.
I found the smallest size at Walmart for $3 each.
 (Home Depot and Lowes both carried a larger size), 
  

The bottom slips right off and this top easily sits where the bulb would have been.
I secured it with a little hot glue.

That's it!


I was excited to have found a way to use this light, it was $10 at a thrift sale last October.
It is 36" in length and wouldn't work anywhere!





It adds a nice ambiance to the garden in the evening...even in the rain!


Joining these fabulous bloggers for the Pinterest Challenge

Kate @ Centsational Girl here
Katie @ Bower Power here 
Sherry @ Young House Love here
Michelle @ Ten June here




Kristin @ Uncommon Slice of Suburbia here
Beth @ Home Stories A to Z here 
Kim @ Savvy Southern Style here

36 comments:

JAPAN SAMURAI said...

It was completed in a very nice chandelier. In Japan, chandelier like this is very expensive. In Japan, I have enjoyed for expensive imported products compared to Europe and the United States.

Tracey@Breathing English Air said...

This is a wonderful idea, and yours looks fantastic. I am thinking that even I might be able to do something like this. I better add a star to this post!!

NancieB said...

LOVE this! Want to try it somewhere.....but where????Thanks for the inspiration.

ECKDesign said...

I am sooo going to copy this... now if I can only find the chandelier! ^_O This is such a TERRIFIC idea!

Lisa at Shine Your Light said...

Pam, glad you had a great getaway….and also that you found a way to use your light! What a cool idea!

Dana Frieling said...

So clever! I'm surprised that chandelier hasn't met a can of pink spray paint yet. How pretty would that look against the green trees and would scream Pam at at the same time?!

Lori said...

I love it! How creative. I would never have thought of using the solar lights.

Nancy said...

This is on my list to do; it is brilliant! I'm going to Habitat to find a cheap chandelier! Missed you! Have a great week.
Nancy
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Jennifer L. Griffin said...

I knew that chandy would be fabulous in the yard! And, I wondered what you were up to when I saw your solar light pin on Pinterest. So, so smart! Never would have thought to do the solar lights for an outside fixture.

Jill Elaine said...

Very good! I told you it should be an used in the garden!!

Katie B. of HousewifeHowTos.com said...

This looks fantastic! I have to say, you're inspiring me to start thrifting... just as soon as I clean out a room to store all of the things I know I'll buy because "someday I might use these..."

KATHY said...

Your chandelier looks fabulous!!

Kathy

Rachel J said...

genious! I want a million for my yard now!

Holly said...

Really fun Pam - and I love that bench with the pretty fabrics and pillows. Hope you had a nice weekend.

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

What a clever idea... Brilliant!

Danielle said...

Such a cool idea! I love it. Especially b/c we don't have exterior power (yet). After being in our house close to 5 years...

Athena at Minerva's Garden said...

Hello Pam: My first time to your blog, and I love this idea! I am going to have to try it out for myself. Take care, and have a fantastic week!

Judy Bigg said...

Beautiful, such a great idea, it is my first time to visit too.

Katie {Miss Dixie} said...

I'm so glad you got to use that light :) It looks awesome hanging in your yard, and what an easy fix!

Sheila said...

Cute idea. So clever. I might just have to try this one. Thanks for sharing.

67greystone said...

love this idea. i have several shantys hanging from trees in our garden and use the usual candle but with this heat here in Alabama they are melting-rather funny looking but not the look i am going for. so it is off the Lowes for me . thanks enjoy your blog

Hyphen Interiors said...

BRILLIANT!! I love this. I'm pinning this and doing it. Sweet.

StagerLinda said...

I've got to try this! I'm not a DIY-er but this looks AMAZING!!! Love it! Thanks for sharing.

reFresh reStyle said...

Oh I love it! I saw one somewhere else too, I need one!

Lynn @ UpCountry Olio said...

This is an awesome idea, Thanks for showing us how-to.

Lynn

Heather said...

This is so clever, and it turned out great!

countrycharisma said...

I love this!!! Going to start looking for the right light to remake. It would be perfect for our patio poolside. Thank you for a great idea!

Sandy said...

Oh my, found your link over at Kims
Wow Us Wednesday, and I fell in love
with your Chandy,, thanks for the info
on how you did it cause, sorry but I'm
going to copy it the best I can. It
would look so nice out back on my deck.
Garage sales this weekend for a beat up
chandy...
thanks so much
Sandy

Lux Range said...

I'd love to have this!

Sheila @sZinteriors said...

Hi Pam!
I LOVE this project! I've never seen anything like it, and would so be into giving it a try :-) I entered the Pinterest Challenge, too! Here's the link to my project in case you want to check it out:
http://www.sheilazellerinteriors.com/articles/summer-pinterest-challenge-mini-dipping

With so many projects entered, I just couldn't take them all in, but I'm so glad I found yours! Awesome job!!! I hope you don't mind - I've featured it in a guest post I wrote for a lighting company. The post has not yet been published, but I'll send you the link if/when they do!

Allison Shallenberger said...

I love the idea of an outdoor chandelier! It creates a dramatic ambience for backyards or garden nooks. It’s a great thing that you made use of a solar pin light because you’re saving energy while adding aesthetic value to your garden. That’s hitting two birds with one stone! This thrifty d├ęcor is definitely a must-try. =)

Regards,
Allison Shallenberger

Michele said...

Gorgeous! How did you glue them in?

pam {simple details} said...

Michele ~ I used my hot glue gun.

Erika Johnson said...

Nice designs!!! Thanks for sharing gorgeous crystals Chandelier Lamps. I think I'am going to be on the look out for more of these attractive crystal chandelier myself.

Conrad said...

http://leahglass.blogspot.com/2010/07/outdoor-chandelier.html. Per Leah, remove ... ccrystallamp.blogspot.com

LostRoses said...

Brilliant! Just found your blog via Project 60x60. I'll no longer have to search high and low for those special automatic on/off candles for my outdoor chandelier. Happy dance!

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