Plumbing pipes and fittings were the most expensive part of this project. Each pipe cost about $6, and the fittings were $3 each. The entire project cost less than $50 — not bad for three unique garden lights. As you can see here, the light emitted from these solar “floor” lamps is surprisingly bright once the sun goes down.
Materials and tools:
- Three ¾-inch by 4-foot plumbing pipes
- Three ¾-inch to 1-inch reducer couplings (available in the plumbing department at most hardware stores)
- 3 solar landscaping lights (available at most hardware stores)
- Three inflatable plastic balls (available at toy stores, Wal-Mart, Target etc.)
- Decoupage liquid (available at any craft store, like Michael’s)
- String or twine (available in the rope department at hardware stores)
- Gloves (optional, to avoid sticky hands when gluing)
- Marker (to trace a circle on the balls where you don’t want to cover them with twine)
- Circle pattern (4-inch to 5-inch paper plate or any other round dish)
- Plastic container for decoupage and twine dipping. I used a plastic storage container.
- Metallic exterior spray paint
- Foam paintbrushes (optional)
The string balls take a few days to dry. After that, assembling the lights takes about 10 minutes.
When you’re done, it should look like this. Let the string sit for a few days to dry completely.
I wanted the lights at different levels and about 3 to 4 inches apart when the globes were installed.