Power an outdoor lamp with the sun while you empower your personal style.

You can add light and a charming, welcoming presence to your outdoor space without adding the expense of costly wiring or a higher energy bill. Just create your own solar lamp. It’s doubly sustainable, because you’ll be upcycling a floor lamp you (or someone else) hasn’t used in a while. It only takes a couple of hours, and you’ll find the materials you need in your neighborhood hardware or home improvement store.

THE MAKINGS OF A SOLAR LAMP:

  • Thrift store floor lamp
  • Solar lights (# of arms on your floor lamp)
  • Outdoor spray paint
  • Industrial strength glue
  • Painter’s tape
  • Wire cutters

STEP ONE

Wipe down lamp thoroughly.

STEP TWO

Remove all old wires using wire cutters.

STEP THREE

Cover entire lamp with outdoor spray paint.

STEP FOUR

Remove stick from bottom of fixture and attach solar light to top.

STEP FIVE

Apply glue to top of each lamp arm.

STEP SIX

Attach fixtures.

STEP SEVEN

Power up.

Allow us to shed light on another fun upcycling project: turning a vintage chandelier into a flowering one.