Easy solar hanging candle lights
Recycle empty glass jars and add pizzazz to a summer patio with hanging candle lights. Suspended from hooks or branches, these easy, solar-powered candle lights will add sparkle to the garden by day and illuminate a pathway by night.
You will need:
Wide-mouth jars, Mason or other
Sea glass or small glass stones
Glass votive holder
Insert a small glass votive holder into the centre of a wide-mouth jar.
DIY TIP: When choosing jars, make sure they all have wide enough mouths to fit most of your hand down into.
Gently place sea glass or glass stones around the glass votive holder. Make sure the votive holder stays in the centre of the jar.
Place the charged solar candle into the glass votive holder. To conserve battery power, tea lights can be turned off when they're not in use.
Wrap 18-gauge wire around the top of the jar, just under the bottom lip, twice. About 40cm of wire should do the trick, depending on the size of the jar.
Take the shorter, loose end of the wire and tie a knot on the right side of the jar. Leave about 8cm of wire hanging freely out to the side.
Wrap the shorter, loose end of the wire around the long end several times.
Take the long end of the wire and wrap it under both wires on the left side of the jar.
Repeat this process for the left side of the jar, leaving about 8cm of wire hanging out to the side. Use scissors to cut the wire if it's too long.
Using a pencil, wrap the straight, loose ends of the handle to create a curlicue on each side of the jar.
Now your candle light is ready for hanging in the garden. By using solar candles you can charge these during the day when entertaining in the evening, and you won't spend a cent on electricity!
via lettered cottage