Having lanterns on the driveway or in the gardens is more important than you can perhaps imagine. The soft light they give off can keep you from tripping on objects that might be lying on the floor. Their glow can illuminate the entire garden, and that is perfect when all your flowers are in bloom.
Considering you practically want to cry every time you see that your electric bill doubled right after adding those lights, however, you should breathe and think. How can you still get the effect of those lanterns without your wallet suffering from the high cost of electricity?
Well, the only advice that we can give right now is to replace your outdoor illuminating system with solar-powered ones. That can amount anywhere from five to 50 dollars, depending on the design that you want. What’s amazing is that any of those products will be suitable for your long-term budget because the energy that will power them up comes from the sun.
Nevertheless, in case you are a crafty human being, you are always welcome to customize your solar-powered lanterns at home. Let us share the three easy ways on how to do that.
- Build A Light Post
When you visit a store that sells solar lights, you can find ones that come with a short rod with a hook on the upper end. It should look like the regular lamps that you usually see on top of big houses’ exterior walls. Despite that, you can quickly transform this lighting into an actual lamp post.
You Will Need:
- Solar lights
- Large plastic container
- PVC pipe
- Steel pole
- Spray paint
- Fit as many rods as you want in the PVC pipe. The latter’s length depends on how tall you want your post to be.
- Attach the tube on the steel pole, ensuring that nothing will slide down once you erect the lamp post.
- Mix your cement and pour it into a large plastic container. Then, place the steel pole at its center and wait for the mixture to harden. You may also spray the paint in the color of your choice at this point.
- Once everything is in order, you can transfer the pole in the flower pot and cover it with soil and plants.
- Move your lamp post to the spot that you want it to illuminate before hanging the solar lights on the hooks.
- Create An Outdoor Chandelier
In case you have a big tree that is perfect for the little dining table that you wish to add in your garden, it may be good to make a solar-powered chandelier for it. You will have lighting here all the time; it will always give off a romantic or cozy vibe.
You Will Need:
- Stake solar light
- Wire basket frame
- Metal chains
- Crystals or beads
- Remove the stake part from the solar light. You only need the lantern for this project.
- Place the lighting in the middle of the wire basket frame. Ascertain that they fit well together. You may use hot glue if need be.
- Attach the metallic chains close to the top ends of the frame. How long they will honestly depend on how low the branch is that you will hang the chandelier to.
- Embellish the bottom part of your basket frame with beads or crystals so that it looks fancy, especially at night.
- Make Milk Jug Luminaries
Considering you love different kinds of holidays yet you find it too expensive to buy decorations all the time, you can create milk jug luminaries. The basic idea is that it is possible to recycle your empty plastic containers at home and turn them into something interesting.
You Will Need:
- Milk Jugs
- Solar bulbs
- Markers or paint (colors are up to you)
- Clean the containers. Make sure that they are dry inside and out. It may be better to do this step a few hours before you do the rest.
- Once you are happy with the number of milk jugs you have, try to add a design on them based on the holiday you are celebrating. If it’s Halloween, for instance, you can paint spooky facial expressions on them. In case it’s Christmas, you may draw mistletoes, trees, or even Santa Claus.
- Use the scissors to cut the neck of the jug. That will allow the bulb to fit more snugly, as well as have its light shining directly on your artwork.
- Place the milk jug luminaries on your driveway or doorstep.
Making solar-powered lanterns at home does not require a degree in engineering or rocket science. You can make them as fun as possible. There is no right or wrong design either – you are free to create any lamp of your liking.
Try any of the solar lanterns above to see a decrease in your electric bill soon. Cheers!