Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Solar Light Basket

Happy Summer sweet readers! I don't know why but summer has just been so much better this year. I think it has something to do with my silly two year old and her love for discovering new things. We have been spending as much time outside as possible. One of the things that I have really been working on getting completed is our little patio all spruced up.  I have about a bazillion things left to do with it, but I wanted to share one of my projects that I did from this past weekend.

Remember my Mason jar solar lights? Well, I had a few solar lights left over from the Dollar Tree that I wanted to use . Of course, I tried to use them in the cheapest way possible. I bet you can't guess where I bought these baskets? I know I am so predictable, but I love my Dollar Tree!

I thought the baskets had the perfect shape to be hung like a pendant or they were just cute sitting!

The first thing I did was spray paint them.I used the colors Fern by Rustoleum  for the stripe in the middle and Ivory by Krylon for the rest of the basket. I have found it easier to paint a whole object the color of the stripe and then go back and apply the color that will be the main color. I just used painter's tape to cover up the green to make the stripe.

After my baskets were done drying I was then ready to add the solar light. I just wanted the light and not the stakes so I  un-screwed the top of the solar light off  the stake and measured the solar panel  (the black square) so I knew where I would be cutting the hole.  

I used chalk to mark where I would be cutting the hole. The hardest part about making the hole was trying to get it started. I had to cut a few of the weaves in the basket and then I was able to work my way around to make a square.

I then took some gorilla glue and glued the top part of the solar under the hole I just cut.

The cut hole looked a little jagged so I hot glued some clothes line that I bought at the Dollar Tree around the square. I then added a little loop to make the basket hang.

I have a basket sitting on my patio and one on a shepherd's hook. I think these would also be great to use when camping or fun to hang from a porch. Not too bad for a few dollars!

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  1. That came out fantastic I love it! Love the price tag too. You did an awesome job :)

  2. Melissa, what a great idea and these are adorable AND functional! I totally love the idea of hanging these. Great job! Thanks for sharing and pinning. Have a wonderful day!

  3. Looks great! Awesome idea. I love it hanging on the shepherd hook.

    Emily @ elizabethjoandesigns.com

  4. Such a great project.!The dollar store has so many activities that it's a bit overwhelming at times to piece stuff together.

    Your lights are so charming! Solar anything gets me all giddy... Off to the dollar store to figure out some new solar concoctions haha.

  5. Amazing! What a simple pretty way to add charm to your backyard!

    Good job!

  6. That is such a cute idea! Have you checked out how much light it gives off when it's dark outside?

  7. I love love your basket solar lamps. I haven't been to the dollar store because the .99 cent store is closer. But i'll be making a trip to the dollar store and see if I can find all the supplys for my very own solar basket lamp. I have some shepard hooks that are about 2' tall. Some small baskets would be perfect. Bright colored stripes like red, yellow, blue and green would look pretty.
    Dollar store here I come.
    Thanks for the terrific idea to make my patio a festive place to be in the evening.

  8. Melissa, you know I love this lamp! Thank you so much for sharing at Best of the Weekend and we loved having you join us. Hope your weekend is wonderful!

  9. So adorable and seem so easy to make ~ I didn't even know the solar lights were sold at the Dollar Store ~ I am definitely going to have to try this great project! Glad I found you :)

  10. So impressive, I love this, looks amazing

  11. How clever! I was looking at the solar lights and was concerned how long they last. I like this idea and the mason jars lights, too. Dollar Tree is great!!

  12. You are so creative! What a fabulous idea. :)Thanks so much for sharing on Project Inspire{d} Pinning!

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