$10 and 10 Minute Solar Chandelier

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My patio is my haven during the summer, but because of the extreme heat, humidity and bug problems that we have down here in the south, I really only enjoy it in the evenings.  When my hubby is in town, he and I love to build a fire in our chimenea and have a drink or two and catch up on life.  It is a perfect way to unwind from a busy day just enjoy each other’s company.

But if I am sitting out with my guy, you know that I am looking to add some mood lighting and keep those harsh patio lights turned off!  That’s where this awesome $10 and 10 minute solar chandelier comes in to play.  Check out how easy this is to make and then get ready to make some mood lighting of your own!



solar light

hanging floral basket



Yes, that supply list is correct, all you will need to complete this project is a solar light and a hanging floral basket.  Start by taking the stake off of the solar light, so you are left with the globe only.  Now remove the inner portion of the floral basket.

Turn the basket upside down and dry fit your solar light into the bottom.  Make sure that you pay attention when you purchase your supplies.  Some baskets have larger openings on the bottom and will require the round globe solar lights.  Some have a smaller opening that would be better suited for the square lights.


Once the solar light is situated, glue it in place and allow it to dry.  Now all that is left to do is decide where you want to hang your pretty new solar chandelier and bask in the glow.  I hung mine from chain that we had previously had lanterns hanging from, but this would also look great hanging from a shepherd’s hook if you don’t have a “ceiling” of some sort to hang it from.  Tree branches would be another great hanging option.


Do you use your patio or deck often in the summer?  What is your favorite form of outdoor lighting?  I’d love to hear from you, drop a comment below.


  1. This is fantastic and I pinned it.

    Super clever idea. 😀
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  2. not only is this a great DIY for home, but also for our 5th wheel! Much classier than a string of awning lights! Thanks!

  3. This lighting idea is outstanding! One question? If it’s hanging under an awning or overhang, how is it going to get enough solar power? Please tell me it will. I love this idea.

    • Hi Laury,

      My light is actually hanging underneath my pergola. It most definitely does not get full day sun but has no problem lighting up at all. If you have an area that you are worried about, I have seen some solar lights that have the panel on the side instead of the top…that might help depending on your space.

  4. Debra Brayton says:

    This looks so nice and I just threw the innards away to a hanging basket….am going to try this.


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