Post solar lights using glass chandelier bowls and dollar store lights!

Jun 18 2018
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How I made post solar lights on either side of my back gate on my deck by upcycling chandelier glass bowls. Awhile back I posted on how I made hanging solar lights out of four glass chandelier bowls and some dollar store items. I only had room for four hanging solar lights but I had six of these glass bowl shades so immediately I got to work figuring out how I could put them at the top of my posts!

I went directly to the plumbing department at my local fleet store and purchased two one inch galvanized pipe nipples in 1 and 1/2 inch lengths.

I then purchased four 1 inch floor flanges, one for under each bowl and one for inside each bowl.

(I’ll explain how I ended up only using two floor flanges and took the rest of the plumbing parts back lol)

I attached one flange to the top of each post using outdoor deck screws and then screwed my nipples into them before setting the glass bowl over top.

Post solar lights using glass chandelier bowls and dollar store lights! Recycling glass bowl shades from a chandelier and using dollar store solar lights and a floor flange to attach them to the top of a post for light, bird feeders and beautiful outdoor decoration with solar lights.Post solar lights using glass chandelier bowls and dollar store lights! Recycling glass bowl shades from a chandelier and using dollar store solar lights and a floor flange to attach them to the top of a post for light, bird feeders and beautiful outdoor decoration with solar lights.
Post solar lights using glass chandelier bowls and dollar store lights! Recycling glass bowl shades from a chandelier and using dollar store solar lights and a floor flange to attach them to the top of a post for light, bird feeders and beautiful outdoor decoration with solar lights.Post solar lights using glass chandelier bowls and dollar store lights! Recycling glass bowl shades from a chandelier and using dollar store solar lights and a floor flange to attach them to the top of a post for light, bird feeders and beautiful outdoor decoration with solar lights.

And then I realized that that was NOT going to work at all. I knew I should have taken my glass bowl with me into the hardware store!

So the plan was to screw on the second flange down over the nipple inside of the bowl making a sandwich that would guarantee the bowl would NEVER move again. This sounds so dirty but honestly they just didn’t make short enough nipples lol

So I skipped the nipple and the second flange and just Gorilla glued my bowls down over the top of the flange that I had screwed to the post.

It totally worked fine!

From there all I had to do was set in and glue my little dollar store solar light into the center of each flange! And with that my post solar lights were complete!

Post solar lights using glass chandelier bowls and dollar store lights! Recycling glass bowl shades from a chandelier and using dollar store solar lights and a floor flange to attach them to the top of a post for light, bird feeders and beautiful outdoor decoration with solar lights.Post solar lights using glass chandelier bowls and dollar store lights! Recycling glass bowl shades from a chandelier and using dollar store solar lights and a floor flange to attach them to the top of a post for light, bird feeders and beautiful outdoor decoration with solar lights.How to make DIY hanging solar light bird feeders by upcycling glass bowl light shades off of a chandelier. Easy bird feeders with additional $1 solar lights from walmart, lighting for your backyard and deck as well as a great spot for squirrels, chipmunks and birds to eat all year.

I had made the decision when I built my deck to cut off the posts on either side of the back gate and have always felt like I needed something there. I think these post solar lights flank the gate nicely and really make the entire situation look more nice and deliberate!

I think they also set off my hanging solar lights nicely!

Post solar lights using glass chandelier bowls and dollar store lights! Recycling glass bowl shades from a chandelier and using dollar store solar lights and a floor flange to attach them to the top of a post for light, bird feeders and beautiful outdoor decoration with solar lights.

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16 Comments

  1. June 21, 2018 at 8:18 am

    That is just gorgeous. I love solar lights and really need to get some in my yard. This is brilliant! Pinning. 🙂
    #embracingchangelinky

    • June 21, 2018 at 8:28 am

      Thank you Jennifer, have a great weekend!

  2. June 23, 2018 at 3:27 am

    These solar lights are so pretty with the addition of the glass shade! Thanks for the great directions.

  3. June 23, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    This is such a clever idea, since I dont have a rail, I can also imagine them on the ground along a pathway, pushing the solar light through the chandelier and filling the bottom with clear crystal rocks to reflect more light.
    Pinned to share your project!
    Thank you for sharing on Oh My Heartsie Girls WW, hope to see you again soon!
    Have a lovely weekend!
    Karren~

    • June 25, 2018 at 8:56 am

      Oh Karren, what a lovely idea! Thank you for coming by!

  4. Betty
    June 24, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    Hi, Love this idea. Will water still drain around the glue?

    • June 25, 2018 at 8:58 am

      Hi Betty, I didn’t put the glue quite all the way around so they’ve been draining fine. You could put a spacer in though besides.

  5. June 24, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    Lovely ! So simple and clever !
    Do the chandelier globes fill with water after it rains ? (Does the rain hurt the lights ?)
    I do enjoy your blog ! Thanks for sharing. (I enjoy your thoughts, too….)

    • June 25, 2018 at 8:58 am

      Hi Cynthia, I didn’t put the glue quite all the way around so they’ve been draining fine. You could put a spacer in though besides. Thanks for coming by!

  6. June 25, 2018 at 4:22 am

    what an amazing idea it looks! I love solar lights and using with chandelier is something different i must give it a try!

    • June 25, 2018 at 8:59 am

      Thanks for coming by and checking it out!

  7. June 26, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    The lights look fantastic. You did a great job!

  8. June 27, 2018 at 11:15 pm

    That looks great! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home.

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