On Monday, I shared some of the updates we’ve been doing to get the garden summer ready. I love my pergola that we completed last year and while the entire thing is wrapped in tiny solar lights which light up at night, I wanted to include some larger hanging solar lights as well to finish off the space. At the time, I couldn’t find anything I really liked so opted for some simple Chinese-style hanging lanterns which were fine but didn’t quite make my heart skip a beat.
What I really wanted was to introduce some natural textures and in my head, I was set on bamboo or wicker lighting for a bit of a boho vibe. The problem was, I couldn’t find any I liked. So, I figured I’d just have a go at making them myself!
I got the actual pendants from B&Q and then worked with some stuff I already had around the house. As a little background info, I had these solar Chinese lanterns from last year but they were looking a little worse for wear. True confession: I had left them hanging out over the whole of winter (I know I should have brought them in when the season ended but I didn’t). Of course, they just got grimy and didn’t look so hot anymore.
Despite the fact they weren’t looking too great, I didn’t want to buy new solar lights because the solar bits still worked. So I decided,
since I’m a cheapskate, because I’m so thrifty, I could reuse them!
So this is what I did and what you’ll need as well if you fancy doing this yourself.
Stanley Knife (or similar craft knife)
Silicon sealer * (I used this as I knew it would be waterproof and we already had it around!)
Instructions for the round twine ball solar lights
Remove the centre light hanging fixture (the white bit) from the pendant
Discard the steel wires that prop the paper lantern open and fold it up so that it can squeeze through the hole at the top.
Re-pop open the lantern inside the pendant and adjust so that the hanging bit is facing upwards.
Instructions for the larger bamboo light
Now I got seriously lucky with this one as the very top of the larger paper lantern just happened to be the perfect size for the top of the larger bamboo light.
So if you want to replicate this with a different bamboo pendant, then you’d have to make sure the round solar charging bit fits snugly into the opening of the top of the pendant.
Cut away the paper from the top of the paper lantern using the Stanley knife and remove the wire so that all you are left with is the solar panel and hanging wires.
Remove the metal bit from inside the pendant (I just had to pull it gently and it came out) and discard.
Use some a clear silicone sealant around the edge of the solar portion that you just cut out and place inside the bamboo pendant so that the hanging wire and solar panel is facing upwards.
Once the glue is dry, hang and enjoy!
I’m so happy with how these bamboo-style solar lights came out and I love how they give a bit of a bohemian vibe to this little patio area. I still need to style this area with a few more plants and accessories but I’m happy with the progress so far! So what do you think of my simple DIY today? Is it something you’d try?