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Monday, August 5, 2013

DIY Solar Lights Lamp Post

Hi, friends!  I have finally finished a project for the first time in a long while!   YAY!   We needed some lighting on our deck,  because we love to sit out there in the evening.  I decided to make a lamp post using solar lighting.  I searched for several weeks for the perfect lighting without incurring a huge cost.  I was so excited when a found a four piece solar lighting set at Home Depot.  It was perfect, and included all the pieces I needed minus the flower pot and pole. 

DIY Solar Light Lamp Post with Flower Planter
The photo below shows an up close night shot of the lanterns.   I wanted them to be varying heights, so I used the cable ties to place them at different levels.  

DIY Solar Light Lamp Post with Flower Planter

It is perfect for additional lighting without having to worry about running electrical wiring.  

DIY Solar Light Lamp Post with Flower Planter  #Hampton Bay #Home Depot
I purchased a set of 4 solar LED lantern lights by Hampton Bay from Home Depot.  The hooks that came with the set were perfect to complete the project.  I was originally thinking of using two flower posts.  It was much cheaper this way. 

DIY Solar Light Lamp Post with Flower Planter

To keep the project from being super heavy with Quikrete, I added it to a gallon plastic container that I had.  Filling that huge pot was going to be very heavy and keep me from adding flowers around the base.  

How to add pole in concrete

To make the post tall enough, I filled the plastic container about 3/4 full of the Quikrete and let that set.  Then I added the steel pole, and filled the rest of the container with the Quikrete around the pole.  My steel rod was actually an old closet rod.  It worked perfect, because it is very sturdy.  PVC pipe would work, too.  

DIY Solar Light Lamp Post with Flower Planter

Here is a photo of the post once it was set in the concrete.  My special helper is always on the lookout.  

Rust-Oleum Hammered spray paint project

I chose Rust-Oleum in black with a Hammered finish to paint the pole.   I love the Hammered finish on the pole.  That was the first time I've used this spray paint, and I was very happy with the look.    

                                      DIY Solar Light Lamp Post, Rust-Oleum Hammered spray paint

Once the pole was dry, I placed it in the flower pot and filled it with potting soil.  I did add some gravel to the base of the pot for drainage, before filling with the soil.  

DIY Solar Light Lamp Post with Flower Planter, Hampton Bay solar lights

I added on one extension rod to each of the light post hooks that came with the set, and then used black cable ties to form the "pole" at the top and keep the light hooks together.    

DIY Solar Light Lamp Post with Flower Planter

I placed one of the plastic pipes that came with the lightening set to make it the height that I wanted.  This piece was actually to be used for placing the lights in the ground.

DIY Solar Light Lamp Post with Flower Planter

 I couldn't believe the plastic piece fit perfectly over the steel post.  After assembling all of the hooks and lights, I placed them in the plastic piece at the top of the pole.  

Outdoor DIY Solar Light Lamp Post with Flower Planter

Here is another close up view of the hooks after I placed them in the pole.  If you look closely, you can see where I used the cable ties to keep the post together.  I added two at the base and then added a few more in the middle and top of the hooks to keep them sturdy.

DIY Solar Light Lamp Post with Flower Planter   Life on Lakeshore Drive

   I planted some Vinca flowers around the pole.  That was about the only blooming flowers I could find this time of year.   I can't wait for fall weather to plant some fall flowers.

LED Solar Light Lamp Post    #solar lighting, #energy saving   Life on Lakeshore Drive

This was a super easy project to make.   I finished it in a day.  We are really enjoying the added light on the deck in the evening.  Even more amazing, it is not drawing bugs like I thought it would.   

Thank you so much for stopping by for a visit!  I hope you have a wonderful week!!  

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Tammy Henderson said...

Hi Kathy...Love it happy to see you back with another great project thanks for. Sharing at One More Time Events xo Tammy

Tammy Henderson said...

Hi Kathy...Love it happy to see you back with another great project thanks for. Sharing at One More Time Events xo Tammy

anastasia anezinis said...

Great projeck, Kathy!looks amazing!

Suzan Sweatman said...

What a fabulous idea Kathy - it looks amazing!!!

Winnie said...

Kathie these look fantastic!
You did such a wonderful job :)

ana@carpe_diem said...

this is great, Kathy! it turned out fabolous :)

Gail said...

This is truly a wonderful idea for lighting in your garden. Lamp posts can get very expensive and your look is very unique!

LittleMyoo said...

This is so cool! But I definitely want more pictures of your dog...


Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

wonderful project! I love the idea of solar lights instead of having to run wires.

Doreen@househoneys said...

Sheer genius! It's gorgeous, and practical too!

Kathy, your dog is adorable!!!! Why have I never seen him before?!

gin said...

Great idea. Thanks for the inspiration

JP said...

Glad to see you back with another project...you are so clever!
Hugs, JP

Angela Ryder said...

What a fabulous idea, Kathy and it turned out great!!~~Angela

Emily Thompson said...

that turned out SOOO cute! I haven't seen the hanging solar lights, I love them! The whole project turned out just great!

Angel Allen said...

Hi Kathe
beautiful results.
thanks for sharing with us at our Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop
Angel @ sewcraftyangel.blogspot.com

Gina Wamsley said...

Such a clever idea!! I'm so impressed! You made that looks o easy! Saw on the crafty blog stalker party. :)
Gina @ Gina's Craft Corner

Diana - FreeStyleMama said...

I love how you hid them in the planter!!

Betty Luckhurst said...

That's quite impressive! I love old-fashioned lamps like that. Wow.

Katherines Corner said...

Kathy welcome back to the hop!! Lovely solar light. Hmm I think I will keep this idea pinned for the future. Looks great. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop my friend xo

Ana Lopes said...

Hi Kathy, this is a great project!I love the way you put the plants around it, so lovely!Thanks for sharing!
Enjoy your day!
Hugs from Portugal,

Ana Love Craft

Lisa at Fresh Eggs Daily said...

I LOVE this! I saw it over at Thursday Favorites, but I read your blog anyway. I know you've shared over at my blog hop before and hope you'll come share this neat project this week.
Fresh Eggs Daily

Dawn@ We Call It Junkin.com said...

Oh that is so pretty! I'm SO making this when we get our whole backyard reno going! Adding you to my Bloglovin list via Kathe With an E's blog party. Take care - Dawn

Daphne Bryson said...

Good Afternoon Kathy, Gosh, this is a really fabulous idea.... I love it. I have just shown my husband your project as I would love something similar in my garden.
It was such a great idea to add the concrete as a stabilizer, as we live near the North Sea and we get a lot of winds, so for us this is a great addition.
Thank you so much for the inspiration.
Best Wishes to you,

Michelle said...

This is such a fabulous idea. We need more light in the back and on the side of the house. Thanks for this great project!

Mary @Sweetwater Style said...

This is just amazing...I am pinning it now! Did you know that you can set your comments so that no anonymous comments are published without your approval, but legitimate ones are! Isn't spam awful???

Cindy Swanson said...

Oh, wow...I LOVE this. Great job!

Cindy at Notes in the Key of Life

For My Love Of said...

What a beautiful project! I love that it can be moved around because there's no cords! I also love that I don't need any experience with electrical... or dig up dirt. haha.


Julie Corbisiero said...

Hi Kathy, this looks so awesome and pretty. You did a great job.
Julie from julieslifestyle.blogspot.com

Mandy Coffey said...

what?! Kathy, i LOVE this! This is exactly what both my parents and my husband and i wanted in each of our backyards! I'm so glad to know I can get that set at home depot! It looks awesome in a flower pot!

Small Fine Print

Becca Diestelkamp-Woodham said...

This looks so great! You can't even tell it's DIY. Looks like something you could pick up at Lowe's. Stop by my Friday's Five Features and link up this post (and others)! http://diy-vintage-chic.blogspot.com/2013/08/fridays-five-features-no-3.html

An Inviting Home said...


This is beautiful and great that you were able to add light with the solar option. I also think that it looks great in the pot with flowers...smart thinking! :-) Thanks for linking up at the Inspiration Gallery!


Pam Jackson said...

Great job, it looks wonderful and give you the light you needed. Thanks for sharing.

Jody and Stan said...

Kathy, Great hearing from you! This project using the solar lights is fantastic! I love that they are lanterns! Thanks so much for sharing at Simple & Sweet Fridays.
Happy Friday!


Ms Lemon of Make Mine Lemon said...

Great job! Very clever.

Toodie said...

Great project for little money! I need one of these!

spiritsisters said...

I love your projects. Your blog always gets my creative juices flowing.


Natashalh said...

Awesome project! I'm in Hawaii right now and solar power is really big here! I love how you anchored the pole into the flower pot, and I've wondered what that hammered metal finish spray paint looked like. Cute canine helper, too!


Julia Klimek said...

Awesome idea Kathy! Hope you don't mind but I'm soooo copying you! I love this idea of hanging solar lights. I have a large spare shepherd's hook just waiting for me to use it!

Jill Shepherd said...

Those lights look GREAT Kathy! Love seeing the whole process too - and the flowers around the base are a lovely idea!
Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a fabulous week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success

Judy Haughton-James said...

You did a great job Kathy! Looks so beautiful. I like the flowers at the base. Thanks for sharing your awesome project on Creative Monday.

Jann Olson said...

Hi Kathy, I love it! A bit of light outdoors always brings such ambience. So happy to have you back sharing with SYC.

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

Now this is super cute - love the idea. We haven't gotten around to adding lighting to our backyard yet!

Rockabye Parents said...

OMG I love that! I have always wanted some tall lighting, but didn't want to deal with wires and such. This is brilliant!

Clairejustine oxox said...

Wow love this idea :) I need to make one now. Thanks for sharing with us at Creative Mondays...

Amanda said...

Looks fabulous! Thanks for sharing at I Made It! Monday. Be sure and grab a featured button when you link up this week.

Kayla Janachovsky said...

Beautiful job. I'd love if you'd link up to The DIY'ers! http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-diyers-and-weekend.html

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

I love this idea. It looks great.

Christine Graves said...

I love this idea...Have you ever heard the saying "Imitation is the greatest form of flattery"?

I'm sooo going to flatter you on this!

Linda Bouffard said...

I love this project, Kathy, and how you executed it was genius! That you filled the pot with flowers afterward was great!!!! Now I need one. :) Your friend, Linda

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

How fun and clever is this. Great tutorial too. Thanks for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, marty

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

We are about to have a patio built and this would be GREAT there. Thanks!

Jessica Pelasky said...

This is such a neat idea!

Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

Kathy - this looks marvelous - love it! So very clever! I am delighted that you shared with Home and Garden Thursday,

Carrie from Carrie This Home said...

I love, love, love this project! My hubby and I have been talking about putting a light post at the end of our driveway but we really don't want to run electrical out there. Pinning this now!
Thanks so much for linking this up to Frugal Crafty Home! I hope to see you back next week!

Deborah@Green Willow Pond said...

This a great light! I love the way you put it together in the pot with flowers. Thank you for sharing it at to What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great week!


Jody and Stan said...

Kathy, Congrats! You'll be featured for this fantastic project at Simple & Sweet Fridays. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend!


Gail Wilson said...

i love how your diy lamp post turned out! great job!

I'm catching you this week


Helen's Decor said...

Kathy, your lamp post looks great! Thanks!

Shirley said...

I love this project! I'll have to give it a try in a planter on the back deck. Thanks.

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Clairejustine oxox said...

Thanks again for sharing with us at Creative Mondays, featuring and pinning this week at the hop :)

QueenB said...

THAT is marvelous. i wish our patio was already done so i could try it. i'll have to wait....

very creative!

Carrie from Carrie This Home said...

Congratulations! This post was featured at this week's Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop! Thanks for linking up!

Much Ado About Somethin said...

I looooove this. I'm a huge fan of these solar lights so I can see when I take the pup out at night. Your design is beautiful!

Love for you to link it up at our new link party - Tell Us Tuesday! http://muchadoaboutsomethin.blogspot.com/2013/08/tell-us-tuesday-3.html

xoxo Lauren

Betsy Pool said...

Wow - so cool!! Thanks for sharing at Romance on a dime! Pinning this.

Road To Creativity said...

Love it!!

Courtney @ One Fine Wire said...

This is absolutely gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing :)

Would you ever be interested in co-hosting Tell Us Tuesday?

We hope to see you link up again next week!

Pam @ This House Our Home said...

What a creative idea. I love how this turned out! I'm thinking I may need one of these ;)

Shelly said...

What a GREAT IDEA!!! I never would have thought of this! This is deff gonna be pinned to our talent board!! Thanks for sharing on DIY Sunday Showcase!


Sarah said...

Brilliant idea Kathy. I am your latest follower. Please feel free to visit me. I will call again.

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WiiZii said...

This is great. I want to add some solar lights to my patio this summer, but my very tall husband tends trip over things too close to the ground. I'll have to make something like this.

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alaa nile said...

Hi Kathy...Love it happy to see you back with another great project thanks for. Sharing at One More Time Events xo Tammy
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