Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Solar Lanterns

I got this inexpensive idea from Peace, Love, 2 Sisters...They made solar lights out of canning jars...Tooo Cute!!!  But I wanted something a little more rustic and "farmy".....

Hmmmm....I thought what about tin cans...They are cheap!!
So I went out and bought several solar lights from Target ( The small one was $2:00 and the larger one was $3:00)

I filled a can with water, then froze it....thinking that it would save it from bending when I drilled the holes in it...That backfired...the ice bent the bottom of the can :(...Oh well it still worked but for the rest I just drilled with no ice and no problems!!!

LOL...No my arms are not that hairy...I took the pictures while my husband drilled.  :)
Using the drill press I first drilled a hole in the bottom of the can for the solar light to rest in.....

I then drilled random holes for the light to shine threw...At night I discovered the more holes the better so I went back and added just a few more!!!  I also drilled holes for the wire and then strung it with beads I had left over from another project.
This is what the look like in the day....

and this at night!
Best of all the cost for two lanterns was only $5:00...but of course I plan to make more...I think they would look nice hanging on the fence around the pool!!

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  1. Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog, Serial Crafter, you make some lovely things, wish I had time to do the same!

  2. Thanks so much for stopping by Etcetorize and following. I'm following you back, not out of obligation, I love your blog and all of your projects. Make sure to come back and check out the Follow my Friends tab~

  3. What a fun idea. These would be so cute hung all over for a summer evening party! Thanks for linking up with DIY under $5!

  4. SO cool! Love it!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

  5. It is really interesting and fun to watch the process............... How Solar Panels work



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