Intro: Trash 2 Treasure 6, Variations on a Theme
On a recent mining the curbs outing I found 10 solar lights, some the dollar store variaty and some fairly nice ones, all of them worked! I then kept my eyes open for interesting objects to attach the lights to. The table I am working at is a combination of curb finds as is the hotglue gun !
Step 1: Supplies
You can purchase or repurpose all these supplies or use others, here is what I found and or bought.
empty wine bottle
empty liqueur bottle
a large plastic pretzel container
hotglue and gun
glass candle holder/vase $1.us
decorative glass rounds $6.us
Step 2: The Bottles
very simple, run a bead of hotglue around the mouth of the bottle and stick the solar light in place. the bottles are heavy enough that they won't blow over in the wind
Step 3: Going BIG
the large plastic container needed some kind of weight. I had a small bucket of marbles I'd found but that would barely make a dent in the bottom of the container. A quick trip to the dollar store were I found a glass cylinder that would take up some of the space and possibly allow the light to shine through the marbles, I also grabbed a couple bags of glass rounds. I put some hotglue on the bottom of the glass and stuck it to the bottom of the plastic container
Step 4: Don't Lose Your Marbles !
The glass cylinder didn't leave a lot of room for large hands holding a bunch of marbles, I was dropping marbles all over the place until I put them in a plastic shopping bag, tore off one corner and VIOLA, the marbles went where I wanted them very easily! I then added the glass blobs. I may need a couple more dollars worth to fill the conatiner
Step 5: The Light
I cut a circle from the center of the lid that the "lens" of the solar light would fit tightly into and then ran a bead of hotglue around the bottom side
Step 6: Push Back the Dark
there you go, several unique ways to have solar lights on your outdoor tables. I'll try to get pictures after dark of how they look
update: trying to get pictures of the lights at night was a miserable failure, the large plastic container throws a lot of light and the light reflects off the glass blobs and onto the glass table but after a dozen pictures none showed much more than a glow. The whiskey bottle also throws neat reflections from its angles while the wine bottle just glows with very little reflection