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How to Make a Cheap eco-friendly Light Up Cane.

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This is my first instructable, so bear with me.

My friend recently gave me a cane to go with my prom costume, however the cane he gave me was old beat up and most importantly, the head or handle if you prefer was completely detached. After looking for ideas into what to replace the head with I came up with the following.
 
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Step 1: Materials

You will need the following

-Body (in my case just an old beat up cane, but I am 100% positive you can get great results just by getting a wooden dowel or other paintable rod)
-Rubber chair leg stoppers (make sure the diameter is appropriate for your body) - About $2.50 for a four pack
-Spray paint - 96 cents
-Yard light - $4

See second picture for a better view of the top of the yard light, you want one that has a solar panel and a light sensor that activates the light.

Step 2: Prep the body

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You will want to give the body a good sanding with fine grit sandpaper, this helps the spray paint stick better and in my case, cleans up a lot of the scratches and nicks and such in the cane. You can't tell very well by the pictures but the cane was an ugly brownish red before I painted it.

Step 3: Spray

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Using good spraying techniques (short bursts, about 12 inches, don't let it run, ect.) coat your body. Depending on the starting color of your body more coats may be needed, follow the instructions on your spray paint. When you are finished it should look something like this.
ecsaul231 year ago
good work, nice idea
wow, props. A thought that might be cool, is hollowing the cane farther down, and inserting a small LED circuit and switch, and replacing the light with a pimp-cane-sized clear glass fake jewel.
Awesome! If I was any bit talented with electronics (or drills, for that matter) That would be an awesome idea. As it is, i am not, so i will go with the original idea. :-)
l8nite3 years ago
I made mine as a walking stick/staff instead of a cane and it gets lots of comments, especially at artwalks which are usually in the evening. Ive encountered 2 problems, 1 is keeping the battery charged because the windows with the best light are inconvenient, not really a big deal. 2 is the plastic "stub" keeps breaking and isn't really sturdy even when inserted in a hole at the top of the staff, Im on my 3rd light = ( All in all though a really great idea, thank you for the idea
zippydaspinhead (author)  l8nite3 years ago
Yeah I have run into that problem. Also the batteries on those lights aren't very resilient. I'll have to do some screwing around to improve the life of the lights.
yusuf7863 years ago
wow cool ! the whole cane is so style :P gona make one myself soon thanks for posting :))
maruawe5 years ago
I make canes for people and needed something like this ,but I did not want to hollow it out to put in a light, this works for me i'll see what this one customer has to say about this one ... Thanks
zippydaspinhead (author)  maruawe5 years ago
Just remember I got lucky with the head fitting on the old head conector if you can call it that, you might still need to fiddle with a drill to get it to sit on the top right, but thanks for finding my idea helpful
I spoke with a friend at breakfast this am whose wife I made a cane for due to hip replacement ,She leaves early in the morning for work usu. before daylight. his sidewalk is lined with solar lights Sometimes they go out before she leaves, so He put a switch on the solar lights that he pushes on several of the solar lights Take the solar light apart so the light is exposed, Cut one wire connect one side to the charger side and the other side to the light. solder connections. wrap with black tape. cut a hole in the side of the solar light to fit your light and glue in place... now the switch will keep the light off till needed without interrupting the charging process suggest push button switch so the sides will be smoother... Good luck
zippydaspinhead (author)  maruawe5 years ago
thanks, I can try that later.
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rubbsdecvik5 years ago
Well done.
finfan75 years ago
excellent combo. This will get noticed very quickly.
8bit5 years ago
Sweet!
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