Solar Lights Idea's #1

There are so many uses for solar lights around the yard,
and I really enjoy how they look at night, so I am always
trying to find new ways to use them.

There is just something about it that is so pretty and serene having pops
of light in different area's around the yard at night.

So I thought I would share a few of the ways I use solar lights around my yard.

From flower pot solar lights:
(Simply invert a flower pot, insert solar light..)

To decorated flower pot solar lights:

(here i simply used spray paint and flower cut outs to decorate an inverted clay flower pot)

To adding some lighting along a flower garden:

To up cycling them and putting them onto old jars like I did Here :

To changing the height and making them tall like I did HERE:

to placing them in a simple flower pot as a centerpiece on a patio table:

Or something else I recently did was varying the height again 
(like I did with my tall lights) and layered them into flower pots
 for a fun unique look. 
( can see that post: HERE )

So there are just a few idea's.. 
How do you like to use solar lights in your yard?

DIY Layered Solar Lights

So do you remember my DIY TALL SOLAR LIGHTING
that I made 3 years ago?  What.. 3 years ago!!!  Man time seems
to fly by.

Well, I wanted to add some lighting to my large flower pot near the deck
but wanted something a little nicer than one simple light,
and thought why not layer some lights?

So that is what I did.

So using dowel rods, we cut them to the sizes I wanted, and then I spray
painted them black so they would blend in with the base of the solar

Then it is a simple matter of placing the dowel rods where I wanted them, in this case
it was inside my large flower pots.
Then taking the stake out of the solar light, removing the stickers on them,
and simply sliding them onto the dowel rods.

Doesn't get much simpler than that? :0)

Here I placed 2 lights at different heights:

and in this one, I used 3..

and here they are in the evening:

Just what I wanted.
So pretty the way the light bounces off everything.

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DIY Flower Pot Candle Holder for the patio

After just Sprucing up our patio set I wanted to either make,
create, or find a centerpiece for it..

Then I remembered I had seen a flower pot that had flowers with
a pillar candle in the center somewhere, so I decided to make my own
version of that idea..

What could be a prettier centerpiece than flowers and candles?
and vintage electric insulators of course.. :0)

So I purchased a red ceramic flower pot, and some pretty white and purple
colored viola's, a candle, and gathered up a few other things,
and I got started..

First up, I put some rocks in the bottom of the flower pot for drainage:

Next up, I inverted small mason jar in the center:

Then I placed the flowers inside, and added some soil to fill it in.
Simply added a clear vintage electric insulator and a red votive candle
and it sit perfectly in the center.

(*note I did mess with the inverted jar and moved it around in the dirt, until I got the height
that I wanted for my 'candle' )

All aglow:

And another idea is simply putting a solar light in the center:

But I really like the look of the candle..

and here is a quick before to the after:

So pretty on the patio..
I am looking forward to sitting out there often.
(with a good cup of coffee of course)

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DIY Patio Table gets a new look

We were given a new to us patio set and we really wanted it to work on our back
deck, because that is where it would get the most use around here.

Don't ask me why our front deck is huge, (which we really never use by the way)
and the back deck is about half the size. One of those,
 'what were we thinking? moments'.. ya know. :0)

So anyway,  the table to this set is a square shape and rather large so
it took up a lot of real estate on our back deck.. so with some thought
I just decided to break up the set. (yikes right?)

So, the bigger table went to the front deck.. and I recruited an old
round table that would work on this deck much better - only problem..
It is cream..   So spray paint it was.


I took the legs off the the top to spray paint the top of the legs which are
also the base of the table top and visible through the glass top..
so that definitely had to be painted!
After that we put it back together, (hubby helped me with this part)
and then I finished it up by using some painters tape, a grocery store ad,
and more matte black spray paint.

(I simply used the newspaper ad to keep overspray from getting all
over the glass.)

and Waaahlaaaa...

Looks like a perfect fit for our back deck!

On to my next project. :0)

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