But these styles get pricey quickly:
So I was inspired by Tracey’s post on solar lights to try making my own dressed up solar light. I started with a tea light holder from the Dollar Tree, a crackled glass “bowl” from the thrift store and a little glass “thingy” that I picked up at the thrift store, knowing that I could use it for something! Then I got a $3 solar light from Wal-mart like the ones pictured above. From here, you’ll have to take my word for it ‘cause all the beginning pictures along with most of my gazing ball pics were in the folder that was corrupted on my camera card. :(
The “base” is the Dollar Tree tea light holder. I sprayed it with ORB paint. I took the plastic stake out of the bottom of the solar light and then cut off all but the last 1-1/2” of the metal post.
I glued it down into the tea light holder. Then I took the little glass “thingy” and spray painted the inside of it with ORB. Spraying the inside of glass give it a unique effect, this almost looks like metal!
When it was dry, I glued it upside down to the bottom of the glass bowl. Then I set that down over the solar light and the glass rested nicely in the tea light holder. The crackle effect keeps the solar light from jumping out at you during the day, and it has really cool effects at night!
Not the best pictures, I know. :-( But I am happy with my little light! It is going to find a home somewhere in my garden! Probably on the table I haven’t finished yet! LOL The ORB paint is not rated for outside, so tomorrow, I’m going to finish it off with a clear spray sealer. I have a couple of variations on this that I am going to try over the next week.
Tomorrow I’ll let you know about all of the giveaways and their sponsors for the garden party! I’m so very excited!
I'm going to take my little light to visit some of these fun parties. Won't you come with us? There are always lots of fun things to see and people to meet!