Solar lights have improved a lot over the years. They tend to charge sufficiently, even in shady areas. In addition, solar lights purchased at dollar stores work more than long enough to get your money's worth.
This collection of solar light features includes repurposed chandeliers, lamps, and more. Most of these ideas are simple enough for an afternoon project.
Although this tall solar chandelier is made with solar lights, you could easily use small battery-operated or tealight candles instead.
Thrift Store Solar Chandelier
A two-dollar thrift store chandelier is paired with new solar lights to make an awesome hanging solar light.
Ceiling Fan Globes
If you don't have spare ceiling fan globes, you can easily find them at your local thrift store or Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Using more items from the dollar store, you can make several hanging solar light globes in an afternoon.
Antique Floor Lamp
With some work, an old floor lamp can be transformed into a unique solar light feature for your porch or patio.
Solar Lamp Project
Here is the same lamp with a different style of solar light; it totally changes the look.
Single Solar Lamp Light
Here's another example of how you can change a previous project. This is the same lamp, updated again years later to add color. The base and the cover of the solar light were painted. How to paint a solar light.
Unique Floor Lamp
This very unique lamp was perfect to transform into a solar light feature.
Reclaimed Landscape Timbers
Wire Basket Solar Light
Turn a dollar store planter basket upside down, and add prisms and solar light for the perfect outdoor ambiance.
Dollar Store Light Ideas
This is a great project to do for the kids. These dollar-store solar lights are available for holidays. Buy one for each holiday and trade them out. Perfect for a nightlight if kept in a bright window.
Scrap Wood Solar Light Feature
This easy scrap wood project packs a big punch when using pretty solar lights.
Glass jars and dollar store solar lights illuminate a pathway. Small shepherd hooks can also be found there.
Reclaimed Spindle Project Ideas
Reclaimed spindles from chairs, beds, and tables are great bits and pieces to make new and useful home decor projects. Read the article Wooden Spindle Project Ideas.
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Awesome Pet Projects
Awesome pet projects that you can DIY at home! #7 is purrrrfect.
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.