Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Ceiling Globe Solar Lights


I've seen several versions of this.  Gail @ Myrepurposedlife 
provided a very nice tutorial on this.  She used ceiling fan globes and I used ceiling light globes.  The difference is that the fan globes are open and the ceiling light fixture globes I used are closed.  I used the light globes because that's what I had.  You can find these at every thrift store and ReStore for just a dollar or less.  I bought the cheapest 'stick in the ground' solar lights at Big Lots and unscrewed the solar part from the rest of the light.
 I used electrical wire (because I have a big roll of it from the ReStore) but you could use any wire you have on hand.  Form the hanger first as pictured above.
 You will want to slip those hooks onto the wire that goes around the neck of the globe BEFORE you tighten the ring.
 Gail mentions that she just set her solar lights onto the globe or she says you can attach with E6000 glue.  I wanted them attached but not permanently in case I need to replace the solar light in the future.  My solution was to use Red Liner Tape.  You can find this super sticky, double sided tape at most craft stores.  I use it for a lot of things so I got mine on Ebay.  It comes in different widths (I used the 1/4" wide here) and was originally designed for use to secure toupees and wigs!  I love it -- it's one of the 'tools' I could not do without.  I applied it to the rim of the globe.
 Here you see it with the backing pulled off and ready for me to attach the solar light.  I then simply pressed the light onto the globe.
 I love this one -- it kind of looks like a cluster of grapes.  None of my globes match and I like that.  You could certainly do matching ones if you wanted to.  
 I love how the shapes of these cast pretty designs on the garage at night.
My neighbors have already commented on how pretty they look at night.  I'm planning to do more of these for sure.  An inexpensive, easy project to add interest and lighting to your garden and yard!  I hope you are enjoying this summer -- we are in the midst of a delightful heat wave and I have to say -- I am loving it!
This is where I hang out most of the summer! I love sitting out here on hot summer nights reading or working on my blog . . . it's my retreat.


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10 comments:

  1. What a wonderful project and the little globes add a magical glow, Lauren! I loved seeing your special summertime retreat room. I can see why you enjoy being out there. It is beautiful!

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  2. Oh, these are fantastic, my friend! Your creativity knows no bounds!

    Thanks for sharing and have a beautiful day! Hugs!

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  3. Oh my gosh! These are adorable. I am definitely pinning this! Thanks for the idea.

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    1. Thanks for pinning - and for taking the time to visit!

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  4. They are so very pretty! For us it's only dark at night in the winter so I miss using that kind of lighting. I'm so glad you can enjoy the softness they bring to your yard!

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  5. OH, how neat! What a wonderful idea! I can just imagine how cozy and comforting it is to sit in that beautiful spot to blog! Thank you for sharing, sweet friend. :)

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  6. These are cool lights. I like the oval shaped one. They must really look pretty at night.

    ~Sheri

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  7. What a clever repurpose! Thanks for sharing @Vintage Charm!

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  8. THis is a great idea! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

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