Do you love easy dollar store projects? I have the best and easiest project to share with you for our Dollar Store Design Squad project. These hanging solar lights are perfect for small shepherd hooks, hanging on a fence, or even scattered on your steps. Of course they aren’t expensive, since they came from the Dollar Tree.
Be sure to check out the projects from my creative blogging friends at the bottom of this post!
Two Dollar Hanging Solar Lights
I love all kinds of solar lights, but these have quickly become my favorite that I’ve made so far!
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I was so excited when I found these Ribbed Glass Candleholders with Copper Coils at my local store! But I really had NO idea how easy this project was going to be until I started taking off the coils that I thought were string. They are small, at only 4”.
Did you know that you can place an order at $$$ Tree.com and have items shipped right to your door?
Supplies to make Easy Hanging Solar Lights
To make the hanging solar lights, you will need the following:
- Ribbed Glass Candleholder
- Solar Light
- Needle Nose Pliers
- Tape Measure
- Glue Gun
Snip Wire From Candle Holder
Using the needle nose pliers, I snipped and untwisted the coiled wire from the candle holder. At this point I realized that this was wire—perfectly twisted wire!
Tie loops in twisted wire
If you can tie a not, you got it made! The small loops should be right at 4 inches apart. Each wire is enough to make one hanging solar light. Snip the wire about 12 inches for this step.
Start with a large loop, then gently pull until the loop gets smaller. Getting the loops 4” apart is the most difficult part of this project.
Bend wire around glass candle holder
Wrap the twisted wire around the glass candle holder.
Wrap the wire to interlock it in place, making sure the loops are near the top.
Use remaining wire to make hanging solar light handle
Use the remaining length of wire to make the handle of the hanging solar light. Thread the wire through the loop and secure each side.
Portable power for electronics
I love this hand inverter from Ryobi! I can charge my phone or even plug in my glue gun without an extension cord!
Remove solar light stake, add a dab of hot glue to the rim of the ribbed candle holder and insert solar light. Don’t forget to remove the orange tag from the solar light.
Hang Solar Lights on Small Shepherd’s Hook
The $$$ Tree solar light fits perfectly in the ribbed candle holder. (I tested it before I left the store) The solar light is hanging on a one dollar shepherd’s hook from the same store. So, the light is $2, but if you want to hang it on a shepherd’s hook, it will set you back a whopping three bucks!
I really think you should pin this so you won't forget, plus you'll be showing your friends how cool you are!
Small Solar Light Lanterns for Deck
Look how cute the hanging solar lights look as lanterns on the porch steps! Solar lights have changed a lot over the years. These give out a good deal of light and really illuminate the steps. Wouldn’t these small lanterns be perfect for parties and events, even a wedding!!!
Now, lets look at the other great projects submitted this month from my creative blogging friends!
Clever Dollar Store Hacks
Zinc Look Locker Baskets The Kim Six Fix
Painted Book Stacks Refresh Restyle
Hanging Solar Lights | Small Lanterns My Repurposed Life
DIY Hand Lettered Flip Flops One Project Closer
Colorful Snarky "No Soliciting" Sign The DIY Village