Cheap Garden Lights: How clever!

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Cheap Garden Lights

By imapigeon
September 25, 2012

Thrift-store glass globes can be topped with the light portions from solar stake-lights and placed throughout the garden as hanging or staked accent lights.

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Name: Kristi
east Texas pineywoods (Zone 8a)
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pod
Sep 24, 2012 8:14 PM CST
What a clever idea and a good reuse for an old item. I like it!

We used to have a 2nd hand store and had many items that would have worked well with the solar lights.

I just need to start thinking outside the box. I'd bet your garden is beautiful at night. Kristi
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CarolineScott
Sep 25, 2012 6:43 AM CST
A great idea! Thank you !
I shall try it next season.
Name: Toni
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Skiekitty
Sep 25, 2012 10:16 AM CST
Does the solar panel get enough light? I thought that they need unobstructed light to work...
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Name: Kristi
east Texas pineywoods (Zone 8a)
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pod
Sep 25, 2012 6:07 PM CST
From the photo, it appears the solar panel surface is exposed.
The lights should glow downward and light up the globe. I'd bet that is pretty! Kristi
Name: Janet
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imapigeon
Sep 27, 2012 10:52 AM CST
Yes, the collector is at the top, exposed to the sun. At night they all light up and look FABulous!

My husband put one of the wide-open ones on a copper stake, and I made a cover for it with a hole in it for the light to fit in. Same thing could be done with an upside-down recycled glass plate by drilling a hole in the center with a glass drill. The plate keeps the solar light in place, and fits just over the edge to keeps rain and leaves out of the globe.

Originally I put candles in all of these, and they were incredibly messy. Now they're almost zero-maintenance, although some of the batteries have worn out and had to be replaced.
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Name: Toni
Denver Metro (Zone 5a)
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.
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Skiekitty
Sep 27, 2012 11:05 AM CST
Can someone post a bigger picture? The one showing.. I just don't see it. I'm being stupid today...

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imapigeon
Oct 1, 2012 2:45 PM CST
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Name: Kristi
east Texas pineywoods (Zone 8a)
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pod
Oct 1, 2012 3:11 PM CST
And if I can add, the top is the solar panel. The light shines downward so it would easily light up the globe. I really think that is clever. Kristi
Name: Janet
Gilroy, CA
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imapigeon
Oct 4, 2012 10:39 AM CST
Here are a couple of them lit up:

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