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This is a simple thing you can do with a set of solar path lights to turn them into portable lanterns.

You will need :
- A set of solar path lights
- Some small Chinese lanterns
- Some small gauge wire (stranded, not solid)
- Your Brain

Step 1: Gut your light

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Break open you box of path lights and get out the good parts. These are the bits with the batteries and the solar panel. The model I got was fairly easy to pull apart, a screwdriver behind the plate popped the top off.

With a set of cutters, make 2 small notches in the opening where the solar panel lives.

GitarGr88 years ago
Solar powered lantern? Sounds like a Polish joke... Cool instructable though, would be neat for an outdoor party. ~Ryan
Vinsu GitarGr84 years ago
Does this polish joke go something like Finnish one? In that joke some goofy villagers try to gather sunlight inside thick bags and this way light up a house with no windows:)
but same day rainy sesion there wht will be do ?
its nice project i will be make this lentern .. how much WP solar sell.
Szajba4 years ago
How do I get the brain? links please
beebers6 years ago
Thanks for this instructable! I just came back from SF Chinatown with six smallish red lanterns (2 for 3 bucks) not quite sure how I'd light them. This inspires me! I'll use a mini-solar light from Target. :-)
I like this one. Very good idea. I just might make something like this for the summer music festival where I usually goes camping.
pyrotecnix7 years ago
lol polish joke nice one