Is it a lamp?
Is it a planter?
Is it a house number plaque?
Well….yes, yes and yes.
It’s all three.
I am late getting my porch decorated for
Summer this year because of taking care of Daddy.
But, because I am doing a Front Porch
Showcase in a few weeks, I decided I better get
a move-on and get it ready.
So, I whipped up this project today…and I
Solar Powered Porch Lamp
This project actually gives you a look
into the direction I am going with my porch
decorating. My home is not a farmhouse,
but who says I can’t “pretend” that it isn’t.
The best part about this project
is that I already had most of the components.
Here is the supply list needed to make a
Solar Powered Lamp:
~ 1 Pot, any size, any kind.
(I used terra cotta because I already had one.)
~ 1 piece of PVC Pipe
(I will talk about size and length lower down)
~ 1 Lampshade
~ Potting Soil
~ Solar Powered Garden Light
I splurged on the garden light a bit because I already
had everything but the PVC and the light.
This one above was about $8.50 at Lowe’s,
and it was the most powerful solar light available.
I started out by adding a single coat of paint
to the terra cotta pot…
I love this paint by DecoArt, by the way.
I picked this up at Hobby Lobby.
I only used one coat, because I knew I would
be adding another paint treatment later.
I purchased a 1″ diameter piece of PVC pipe.
To figure out how long I needed it,
I placed it inside the pot and held the shade up to it
to “guestimate” how high I wanted my shade.
It doesn’t have to be exact.
Once I figured out my length, I cut it on my miter saw.
Then, I added potting soil to the pot, packing it in
securely around the pipe.
Now…here is a perfect example of
DO WHAT I SAY AND NOT WHAT I DO!
I forgot to add the decorative paint to the pot
prior to filling it with soil.
Oh well… never let it be said I am a quitter. haha
I squeezed a bit of red craft paint onto a paper
plate, cut a kitchen sponge into about a 1″ square…
and simply stamped on a Farmhouse Country
Once it was dry… I added red geraniums and a
variety of plants I recycled from another pot.
You’re probably wondering about now how
the solar light comes into play.
I’m getting there… 🙂
First, I attached the shade to the PVC pipe
with a lot of hot glue.
(Because my tube of E6000 adhesive was
nowhere to be found.)
I would suggest you use a stronger adhesive when
making yours, but the glue did hold
reasonably well. Next, I disassembled the
spike from the garden light.
Here is #2
DO WHAT I SAY AND NOT WHAT I DO…
(Hey – it was a learning process, and I am here to teach!)
If you choose a slightly larger PVC Pipe,
you won’t have to remove the spike, because it will
slip right inside the pipe.
But, since I did not think that far ahead…
I simply sat the solar light right inside the lamp.
It actually worked fine.
The only thing I purchased, at the last minute,
was three metal house numbers for $1.49/ea.
I would like to say it was part of the plan
all along because I am brilliant that way…
but I had to go take a pee-pee break reaallllly
bad and the numbers just happened to be on my way….
and a lightbulb went off.
But, only after I had my pee-pee break.
(when you’re 50, you have to prioritize) 😀
It was the perfect final touch!
I think I may add some black trim to the shade.
I think it still needs something-something.
But, I could not be happier with it…
It sets the stage for my Country Farmhouse-Style
Front Porch I will share soon.
With the drop-leaf Farmhouse Table,
Tobacco Basket, Roo Statue and White Rockers…
I think I am well on the way, don’t you?
Before I go, I thought I would share a quick pic of
just how pretty it glows at night…
I like how the light makes the shade look “pleated.”
Now, I need to add a gazillion of my
to keep the skeeters away.
Now I can’t wait to finish the other projects for the porch.
Oh to have three of me!
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