Make Your Own Solar Lights to Hang in a Tree

INSIDE: How to make DIY hanging solar lights to display in a tree or throughout a patio.

How to make DIY hanging solar light orbs | DazzleWhileFrazzled.comGot a tree that needs to see the light? Our front yard has several large and looming trees but only one is green. Yes, a green tree. (Hey, I live in Arizona with its own set of quirks like green trees called Palo Verdes!) So this tree is nothing short of a focal point.

A while back, I created a hanging orb plant basket to dress up said tree. Call me biased but I think it looks pretty cool. Using the same hardware store materials, I created a series of hanging solar light orbs. And this is how I showed this green tree the light…
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DIY hanging solar lights

I was originally inspired to create my hanging orb hanging plant basket following our annual summer escape to the California coast. There, I saw your typical planter basket (check out what I did with one of those planter baskets) hanging from a large tree and just loved how it looked. Creative story later, I concocted my own hanging planter. And now with the miniature solar light hanging orbs to match.

frazzled-momentSo what’s the first thing that comes to mind when little kids declare they want to paint… A little fear mixed in with this-will-keep-them-busy-for-all-of-10-minutes followed by a masterpiece of a mess?! Exactly. Whenever I pull out anything to do with painting, I suddenly have these miniature wannabe Van Goghs all up in my DIY-ing. So as I was busy spray painting these orbs, I was working next to three pint-sized artists busily creating their very paint-heavy works of art. Of course, their big-time giggles meant clean-up trouble for me as they painted themselves and each other, painted the grass and the brick walkway. I swear, I’m still scrubbing dried up flakes of poster paint out of the bathtub!

– 3/4″ galvanized steel hanging tape 
– 3/4″ steel screw and nut
– wire snips or heavy duty scissors
– Miniature solar lights (I used this brand and type of solar lights)
– Saw
– Drill with small drill bit (here’s a great brand name electric drill)
– Screwdriver (a magnetic screwdriver works great for this project)
3/16″ eye bolts with nuts
– Spray paint (optional)
– Twine or jute string

Step #1:
Based on the size of the solar lights you’re using, cut two strips of steel tape. Form two circles and secure them together (temporarily) with a screw and nut. How to make DIY hanging solar lights orbs |
Step #2:
If desired, give your orbs a spray of paint. *Hello! Frazzled Moment* Let dry.
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Step #3:
Caution: Sharp tools ahead. Using a regular ole saw, cut off the small post at the end of the solar light. You are cutting off the small tip that fits into the post that you stick in the ground.
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Step #4:
Take the solar part of the mini solar light apart. Using a small drill bit, create a hole in the flat bottom part of the solar light tube — making the hole in its middle.
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Step #5:
Turn the part of the mini solar light you just drilled a hole through upright. Using a screwdriver, insert the screw through this hole and into the steel tape. Remember the screw holding the orb together temporarily? Yeah, take that screw out in place for the screw in the mini solar light. Secure with a nut. Flip over and put the top of the solar light back on the tube.
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Step #6:
Insert the eye bolt through the top of the orb and secure with the nut. Insert a string of jute or twine and hang over a branch. Let it see the light for some nighttime twinkle!
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47 thoughts on “Make Your Own Solar Lights to Hang in a Tree

    • DazzleWhileFrazzled says:

      Thanks Karla! I believe my strips were around 18″ long. But it all depends on the size of the solar lights you are using. Mine were mini size.

  1. Annie says:

    This is so fun!!! I just love how rustic this looks and how practical they are — GREAT job!

    Visiting from the Creatively Crafty party! Come see us sometime at MammaTech — we’re always looking for guest bloggers (and we pay)!


    • DazzleWhileFrazzled says:

      Thanks so much Annie! I love how they look in our tree and have plans (on the long To Do list) to make some more.

  2. Lisa says:

    These hanging solar light orbs are really cool. I have always been intrigued by solar lights and I tried using some in my landscape years ago but found that they did not give off much light. I was wondering if the technology has improved. Thanks for the great idea.

  3. Tammi says:

    Wow! These are so fun and look easy to put together. Could really have some fun with color too – I’m loving the navy blue and oranges lately in my backyard. Thanks for the great tutorial and sharing on The SITS Saturday Sharefest.

  4. Carol ("Mimi") says:

    Have a bunch of solar lights from the dollar store that are stuck in the ground around my landscape. But, I don’t have any up at eye level. I bet your hanging solar light looks great hanging from the tree at night. I like the circular frame makes an attractive piece of yard art.
    Carol (“Mimi”) from Home with Mimi

  5. Kathleen Rupp says:

    WOW I love that! Found this through the vintage charm party! My neighbor has lovely hanging lights in her trees and it is my favorite part of her backyard at night. I would love to make these. Thanks so much! Definitely pinning this one.

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