Cut the Cord: Solar Lighting Part 2 | Redo It Yourself Inspirations : Cut the Cord: Solar Lighting Part 2

Monday, August 25, 2014

Cut the Cord: Solar Lighting Part 2



I promised back on "Cut the Cord" to have more solar lighting ideas. 





It took a little searching for the right solar lights for the fixtures I had put aside to continue this project. With several completed and a few more to do later on, welcome to Cut the Cord;  Part Two!  

Basically all we are doing here is taking fixtures and turning them into unique solar lighting items.   Using an electrical fixture, candelabra, statue, bird feeder or what ever suits your fancy, to create a solar piece. 

Planter Lamp Shade 


(click on photo to enlarge)

For this one, I used a brass lamp, a metal hanging planter, spray paint and a solar light attached to the lamp with a water seal epoxy.

(click on photo to enlarge)


(click on photo to enlarge)



Having eight solar projects here today, I'm only going to give brief descriptions and limit photos to shorten the length of this post. If you have any questions, I'll be happy to answer them. 


Hanging Lamp Post 

(click on photo to enlarge)

This old rusty light fixture was going to be a plant hanger. I changed that idea when I found this battery operated candle lantern.   
Removing the candle and adding this crackle globe solar light inside the lantern was easy.  Then I removed the bulb receptacle on the light fixture and spray painted the iron. When dry,  I attached the lantern to the iron fixture.


I love the "old world" feel of this one. 
Tall Brass Lamp 

(click on photo to enlarge)

I chose this glass and metal solar light for this tall brass lamp.  I removed the wiring then spray painted the lamp. Then used the top only of the solar light attached with water seal epoxy. Super easy! 



I had to do this one because a friend, Darlene,  did a pair like this and shared it with me.  She was inspired by my "Cut the Cord" post and now I'm inspired by her lamps! I fell in love with them.  I just gotta show ya... 

By Darlene Devine 

Retro Lamp

(click on photo to enlarge)


(click on photo to enlarge)


(click on photo to enlarge)




Wall Light 
(click on photo to enlarge)



Long Wall Light Fixture 


(click on photo to enlarge)




Sidewalk Lamp Post 



(click on photo to enlarge)

(click on photo to enlarge)



Wine Bottle Light... or stopper? 


(click on photo to enlarge)

NEVER easier!  Just the top of a small solar light stuck into a wine bottle!  

Ha! Maybe a new bottle topper after dinner relaxation outdoors? 





What solar light ideas are you working on? I'd love to see them! 



~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

48 comments:

  1. This is so exciting! I didn't check part one yet, but will. Has HomeTalk seen these yet? They should feature you. I have to pin and share now.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Hi Sue! No, I didn't post at Hometalk. Thank you so much for sharing and being so sweet!

    ReplyDelete
  3. What a cool idea! I would have never thought of doing that!

    ReplyDelete
  4. My head is popping with ideas! These are such cool projects. I am in the middle of redoing my courtyard right now and adding a lamppost. What fun it would be to have a few other solar lights to add here and there. PINNING! :)

    ~Lorelai
    Life With Lorelai

    ReplyDelete
  5. I'm so glad you are making some too, Lorelai! It is really easy and fun to do. You're right, the ideas just run on and on. I hope you share your lights with us!

    ReplyDelete
  6. They just keep on coming!! I think my favourites have to be the tall brass lamp and the retro lamp....very cool in very different ways!

    Thanks for linking up to Marvelous Monday on Smart Party Planning.

    ReplyDelete
  7. I added the post to Hometalk today, Sue :)

    ReplyDelete
  8. Hi Catherine! Thank you :)
    I'm so glad you visited the post!

    ReplyDelete
  9. I just might need to try this. I have had a very cool metal lamp cover that I want to put in my garden. Time to explore the possibilities.

    ReplyDelete
  10. I love your solar ideas. I have several lamps that this would work with. Can't wait to make some.
    Thanks for the ideas,
    Bev

    ReplyDelete
  11. What great finds, thanks for sharing!!!

    Stopping by from the Lou Lou Girls party!!! If you are ever in need of a blog makeover I have some reasonably priced pre made blogger themes that will take the load off your pocket and save you time!!! I blog over at http://colorcrushcreativeblog.blogspot.com and my Design Studio on Etsy https://www.etsy.com/shop/colorcrushcreative

    Have a great weekend!!!

    ReplyDelete
  12. These are all great ideas, I love the wine bottle, that is really clever. And Darlene's lamps are great!!! It would be nice to have these even indoors next to a window, then if there was a power failure at least you would have some light.
    Thanks for sharing this week at Oh My Heartsie Girl.
    Have a great Labor Day Weekend!!!

    ReplyDelete
  13. These are great! You have inspired me to make some.

    ReplyDelete
  14. I just love these ideas! I love your part 1 of this post but this has just inspired me all the more! The possibilities are endless!

    Thanks for sharing (and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop).

    Wishing you a lovely day.
    xoxo

    ReplyDelete
  15. These ideas are so great! I had no idea it was this easy to make something like this! Thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  16. Amazing ideas! Pinned. Please come and party with us tonight at 7 pm. It just wouldn't be a party without you! http://loulougirls.blogspot.com

    Happy Labor Day! Lou Lou Girls

    ReplyDelete
  17. OMG! I'm so pinning this to my DIY Christmas board on Pinterest! Somebody is getting a lovely solar lamp for Christmas! Thanks for sharing these great ideas with us at the Teach Me Tuesday Linky Party!

    ReplyDelete
  18. These are super fantastic! So creative - great ideas! Thanks so much for coming by and linking up at the #homematters Link Up Party! We hope to see you again this coming Wednesday :)

    ReplyDelete
  19. Love cordless. You did such a great job. Your facebook post for this article is featured on today's Ultimate Facebook Share Party on Ducks 'n a Row. Stop by! http://www.ducksnarow.com/2014/09/ultimate-facebook-share-party.html

    ReplyDelete
  20. This is such a great idea! Thank you for sharing it with us. I'm pinning it to the party board. :)

    ReplyDelete
  21. Oh that sounds interesting, Michele! I hope you share it when you are finished!

    ReplyDelete
  22. You are going to have some fun with them! Can't wait to see yours!

    ReplyDelete
  23. You are so right... maybe tealight lamps at the window sill too! Great idea Karren!

    ReplyDelete
  24. You are welcome, Lisa! Thanks for having me :)

    ReplyDelete
  25. Thank you, Jennifer! I'm so glad you like part two as well :) Thanks for checking in again! oxox

    ReplyDelete
  26. You're welcome! I'm so glad you checked out the tutorials. They are very easy :)
    Thank you~

    ReplyDelete
  27. You may have so much fun that you could come up with a few of them! I can't wait to see yours! Thank you, Adrian :)

    ReplyDelete
  28. I'm so thrilled you stopped by Kristen! I'll be happy to come back. Thank you!

    ReplyDelete
  29. I'm excited for the feature! Thank you so much, Sinea!
    ox

    ReplyDelete
  30. Thank you for sharing, Marti! I'm so glad you stopped by!

    ReplyDelete
  31. What fantastically simple ways to make the yard look beautiful at night. Thanks so much for the post and instructions.
    www.mommycrusader.com

    ReplyDelete
  32. I love this lamp Re Do, Thaks for sharing this at my Fabulous Friday Party! Its very inspiring for me.
    Maria

    ReplyDelete
  33. Brittnei WashingtonSeptember 4, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    This is awesome. I just found a video where you can make your own solar panels! I think I need to pin this to try it! :)

    ReplyDelete
  34. wow some really great ideas! I never even thought about swapping light bulbs for a solar charging light! But now I know and I thinking thinking thinking!! Thanks for sharing this great idea with us!

    ReplyDelete
  35. I'm so interested in the solar panels. I saw a video of one using soda cans... amazing!

    ReplyDelete
  36. You are welcome! Thanks for stopping by, Maria :)

    ReplyDelete
  37. Your post is really good. Useful content. Very helpful to me. i have blog for LED Lights manufacturer in India
    see my products also

    Solar Street lights manufacturers in India

    ReplyDelete
  38. These are awesome reworkings. I can't wait for spring so I can peruse garage sales and find some old lamps. Thanks.

    ReplyDelete
  39. You are welcome! I'm so glad you're making some! Can't wait to see what you do and hope you'll share them!

    ReplyDelete
  40. Where do you get your various slot lights? I love these ideas but haven't seen many of these cool lights.

    ReplyDelete
  41. I find most at Walmart and Lowe's. I've also seen them at Aubuchon Hardware. I'm sure most hardware supply stores (ie ACE) carry them as well. I do hope you can find some too!

    ReplyDelete
  42. Vickilynn HaycraftMarch 24, 2015 at 9:09 AM

    Dumb basic question #1.
    Do you HAVE to paint the lamps black to get the full solar effect? I would prefer not to paint them black. Any tips? Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  43. Not at all a dumb question.

    You don't have to paint any of your fixtures and if you do choose to, use any color you wish! Decorate them to match or go with your outdoor theme. You can even decoupage them.

    I used black as an accent color because all of my outdoor furniture is heavy wrought iron. Thank you for your interest in this project. I hope you have fun and get great results with yours! :)

    ReplyDelete
  44. Vickilynn HaycraftMarch 24, 2015 at 9:46 AM

    Thank you SO much for your prompt reply. I am excited to do this with several antique lamps that we have and I did not want to ruin them by painting them. Great ideas, and thanks for the all the pictures, that really helps.

    ReplyDelete
  45. You're so welcome! I hope you come back and share your treasured makeovers!

    ReplyDelete
  46. Thank for the ideas.. Going to make some for our indoor backroom I have a disabled son and it is hard for him to turn on some lights when he can't get to them and this way there will always be a light back there for him plus we loose power all the time and hate to have candles out in bedrooms so we use solar lights and now they will look a lot better..

    ReplyDelete
  47. That is such a resourceful idea for power failures! We get them often here, I'm going to make some emergency lights thanks to you!


    I think it would be wonderful if you take a favorite themed lamp and convert it into a solar light for your son. I bet he would be thrilled over your creation!!! I'd love to see what you make, if you could come back and show me.

    ReplyDelete