But, wait! There's more! Before I decided to go blue, I went orange!
So that happened and I still haven't painted it back to black again. And it knocked me on my creative keister.
Yesterday, I had another idea that may or may not be awesome. But it was cheap. So I went for it.
At the thrift store I saw a bunch of cheap-o vases in lots of colors. Together they looked pretty cool. See:
And then, there I was, at the thrift store lookin' right at them. Except that instead of twinkle lights, I decided upon the solar landscaping lights.
A year or so ago I made one of those ubiquitous ball jar sun lamp things. And it worked just fine. Except that my kids opened it and rain got in and I eventually threw it away. But I knew the process.
This is a little different. You need:
Colorful Vases (or you could use that mod podge method of coloring your own)
Clear siliconeSolar landscape lights
I took the lamp part off the body and placed it on the top of the vase. Most of them rested just inside the vase and one was a little too small. I could've bought a bigger lamp, as they come in a few different sizes. But I just put a ring of clear silicone around the narrowest spot, waited for it to dry and used that as a ledge to hold the lamp in place. Then I siliconed around the fixture to both hold it in place and to keep water out of the vase.
Here they are in daytime in my yard:
The pink one on the far left is a little weird in daytime, but at night, you can't see the solar deal so it all works out.
Here is the best pic I could get of my yard at night:
The green and blue lights are the brightest. But they all look really pretty and colorful.
I think I need more, lots more.
Edited to add: The day after I put them out, it rained! Whatevs, southern California! I noticed that the solar panel on my particular lamps tends to let water into the containers. So maybe a small bead of silicone around where the solar panel fits into the metal housing? I'm gonna fix it right after morning drop-off today!
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