How To Make DIY Deck Lights

I love me some solar lights. They light up the entire yard at night and I don’t have to string cords all over my yard to get them to work. After I spent $30 a single string of solar lights to hang in my tree (in my defense, they were stars and I love them), I decided it was time to do up some DIY deck lights and save a few dollars while getting my home decor fix.

When I decided to redo my deck this past spring, I wanted to bring a lot of what I had inside and hang it up in the great outdoors. Things like mirrors and cute signs can do double duty and really jazz up a tired looking deck.

I had this old candle holder lying around, so I decided it needed some solar lights.

Here’s what I started with:



I took a jar of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and lightly brushed it on. I didn’t coat it because I wasn’t worried about having brush strokes. I actually wanted brush strokes, because that makes it look distressed.



Isn’t that a hot color? Love it.

Then it was time to get out the glue gun and add the solar lights. I picked up 4 solar stakes from the local dollar store and popped them off the stakes. I painted them the same color as the holder.

After that, I glued them onto the candle holder.

And that’s it. The one arm was kind of bent to begin with so the light looks slightly tilted, but when it lights up at night?

It’s pure magic.



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