Solar Path Light Candles

I recently lamented about how retailers are now clearing out the summer stuff to make way for school supplies and it’s only the first week of July! Instead of fighting the retail cycle, I’ve decided to use it to my advantage. I have 7 weeks of summer left – plenty of time to enjoy all my new summer clearance finds!

On a trip to Target this week, I discovered solar path lights have been reduced to one dollar. That’s right. A single greenback! I snatched several of those bad boys up and decided to add some pretty DIY solar lighting to my backyard dining space.

Here’s how this works:

Candlestick + Solar Path Light

Combine your candlesticks with the solar lighting and this is what you get:

Solar Candlelight

Gorgeous, Yes?

Plus, have you ever left a real candle out in the sun? I have. Guess what? They melt. Not exactly rocket science, yet I still had a “huh” moment when I came out and had to peel wax off everything. I’m not proud of that, but if its ever happened to you, take comfort that you are not alone.

Are you ready to make your own solar candlelight? Here’s the complicated instruction part. Get ready for it.

Disassembled Solar Path Light
In case you didn’t know – solar path lights come completely apart. All you need is the top assembly with the solar panel top and the light and battery inside.

Once you’ve taken your solar path light apart, here comes the tricky part.

Step ONE: Take the solar part of the path light and place it on top of  the candlestick.

You can handle that can’t you? I knew you could you home improvement project stud! High five!

Not only will these not melt in the sun, they look fabulous in the daylight too!

Solar Path Light Candle in Daylight

With the solar path lights priced at only $1, I’m loving that from here on out its FREE SOLAR ENERGY! So, I’m spreading the solar candlelight love around!

Solar Path Candlelight on Potting Bench Bar

When the lights aren’t on my dining table, they are lighting up my potting-bench-turned-serving-bar {project pix to come!}

Yes-sir-ee! I’m planning on getting plenty of use out of my solar path light candles. Because gosh darn it! Despite summer clearance sales, there is still plenty of summer left!

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  1. Such a cute idea! Thanks for sharing!!

  2. Well…that’s pretty awesome! Now I have to go check my target. These are a lovely light for an evening dinner in the backyard. Do you have any green backs gal advise for keeping bugs away out there too? Something aside from citronella candles (that my friend immediately makes me blow out because they give her a headache).

  3. Andrea, What a great idea, love the mood the lighting invokes. Yeah you on a greenback:)
    I am in the process of turning my garden potting station into a service/food bar myself. Anxious to see what you have done, may have to use some of your creative ideas. Thanks for all you do. I visit you blog often.

  4. Chris, I can’t wait to compare potting bench turned bar notes! I’m hoping to finish over the weekend, but my project list is about a bazillion things long.

  5. J ~ I wish I had a citronella candle alternative. I’m testing natural ways to get rid of ants right now, but we haven’t had many mosquitos this year… knock on wood!

  6. I’m glad you like the solar candles. The make me happy. 🙂

  7. lovesolar says:

    The solar lights are cute.

  8. Heather says:

    That is really cool! I’ve been eyeing those lights since April but I didnt know they had been marked down! Time to pounce!

  9. How clever! I would love it if you linked up to my Tuesday Confessional link party going on now. There is also an awesome giveaway to go with the party, so you should check it out.
    I hope to see you soon!

  10. This is so cool! Stopping by to invite you to link up to Thrifty Thursdays. Blessings!


  11. So glad to see your post concerning the solar path lights.
    Do you have a way to make solar lights bigger or brighter for inside use- like maybe a room sized light sourse?

  12. Nancy, You could consider grouping them together to make a brighter light source. Check the lumens when you buy your lights. Some have a higher number than others. Then experiment with how many you need bundled together to get the amount of light you need. I suspect we’ll see another round of markdowns. If you get it to work, please let me know!

  13. Wonderful! You have a great blog!

    I would LOVE for you to link this up at my Link Party, Once Upon a Weekend on my blog Family Ever After. The party starts on Fridays and lasts all week.

    Here’s the link if you’re

    Also, if you have a list of favorite link parties, I’d love to be included on Fridays. Thanks a ton! Have an awesome day!!!

  14. mimiindublin says:

    I know the melted candles syndrome all right, even though the sun here is rarely hot enough to melt anything! Love your solar lights, off to Homebase later to see if they have those solar fixings. Also, they’re much safer than burning candles, aren’t they? I ruined 2 candlesticks by letting the candle burn down too far- not pretty, shattered glass everywhere.

  15. The lighting is cool, I like it. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Great idea! As soon as it’s not 115 degrees outside I might make a few so I can enjoy the cooler outdoor weather 🙂

  17. Stephanie, 115 degrees???? Yikes. I hope you are enjoying cooler weather, & soon! Andrea

  18. Just a little tip… the only candles the ‘melt’ in the sun are paraffin, soy or palm wax candles – because the wax has a very low melting point. Pure beeswax has the highest melting point of any way known to mankind (statement of fact not propoganda) :-). Apart from that it is also the only natural, non-toxic wax to burn.

    Love the DIY Solar lights.

  19. Hi Cate, Thank you for the great tip! I have beeswax candles but have only used them inside. I guess I always bought other kinds to use outdoors because melting has always been a problem for me. Andrea


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