DIY Garden Lights


          DIY Garden Lights

           

          DIY Garden Lights

           

          Okay, this was not perfect the first time around. In fact, it took me about a week to get the DIY Garden Lights right…. lucky for you, I will share my mistakes and save you some time,

          your welcome!

           

          recycled glass project

           

          So I have these super awesome glass toppers that belong to missing bottoms. They were in the recycle bin at work ready to be carted off and somehow managed to hitch a ride home with me.

          The hubs is baffled by how common the occurrence of junk dispersal happens via my car, just like those pallets that jumped in the trunk the other day….( wha…how did those get in there? )

           

          recycled glass

           

          I put them in the garden shed with the intention of creating some sort of garden art out of them and for the last month or so, would walk past… stop, point a finger at them and say out loud

          ‘I’m gonna do something with you….’

          …. yes, I talked to them and just like my plants, they understood, yeesh.

           

          glass garden art

           

          They got a soapy scrub and a dry…then I went around the house gathering up other glass vases for this project, ( gardeners tend to have a few… tons of the them ) and I began building my glass sculptures.

           

          glass art

           

          recycled glass art

           

          They looked great! But what if…. they lit up at night?

          Now THAT would be cool.

          My first attempt was to fill the glass vases with water thinking that if I dropped a glow stick in it would give the sculptures a nice soft ambient glow.

          Attempt #1

          FAIL

          It looked like…. well, a glass vase with a glow stick floating in the middle. Sorry no picture, it was SO bad…. I didn’t bother taking one when I realized how bad this idea sucked.

          I walked away frustrated that I just spent the last 20 minutes cracking neon bracelets for nothing, humpf.

          Attempt #2

           

          glo

           

          FAIL

          I got this idea that all I needed was glow paint. THAT was the thing that would create my Pinterest worthy project! But after stopping by all the local hardware stores and discovering they were sold out…

          yeah, cause like, Langley has a huge glow paint loving public…?

          I finally found Glo-Dust at Canadian Tire and feeling like I was winning, I headed home for my DIY Garden Lights take 2.

           

          glo dust

           

          glo glass

           

          I did my Mop & Glo application where you run the cleaning solution around the glass then sprinkle on the dust. Like I used on my glitter jars for the heads on my Dragonfly Garden Art ( so cool ! ) …as you can see they turned out awesome!

           

          glitter jars

           

          They looked great during the day… the frosted look of the glass was eye catching.

           

          glo garden art

           

          frosted glass

           

          But when the night finally came… and I headed outside with my camera, all I was met with was darkness. Boo! I ran back in and got my flashlight to see if they would work at all. After intense close up light, they would glow for a few seconds, but only in the small area I hit…. back to the drawing board.

          Good thing about Mop n Glo is that it washed right out with a little scrubbing with no harm to my beautiful glass.

          Attempt #3

          Third Time’s a Charm right?

          FAIL

          So now we are into Day 4 as I had to drive to the next town over to get the glo-paint from Home Depot. Another soapy scrub and dry then I was ready to paint. I did several coats but this time on only a few jars… yep, getting smarter by the minute!

           

          garden art

           

          Didn’t do a lick, not a little glow or nothing. It looked good during the day like the other frosted glass though. I figured I needed more coats and perhaps a final coat of white to help give it a solid background.

          I was dying to see how these would look if they would just glow for pete’s sake…so thought I would just try and stick a top from a small solar light inside the jar… and it looked pretty good! Hmmm…..

           

          DIY Garden Lights

           

          When I went to apply more coats to the glass the next day, the humidity from the ground the night before caused the paint to separate from the glass and the entire application was easily peeled out in one full clump. Nice.

          Another soapy scrub and yet another dry….. am I ready to give up yet?

          Nope!

          Attempt. #4

           

          DIY Garden Lights

           

          Success!

          Well, now… that only took a week!

          I learned a few things in all these trials…

          First: glo product ‘anythings’ don’t work in the garden so don’t waste your time or $$ on these products.

          Second: Mop n Glo has a surprisingly pleasant and lingering scent.

          Third: sometimes the simplest method is the best… K.I.S.S.

           

          epsom salt craft

           

          I combined Mop n Glo with Epsom Salts

           

          solar lights

           

          Charged dollar store mini solar lights in a spot near the garage

           

          garden lights

           

           and combined the two for a magical display in the garden.

           

          glass top

           

          Now these obviously are temporary but they are perfect for that

          evening garden party

          and could easily be used in winter when the nights are really dark for guests arriving to a holiday gathering.

          Not to mention they are portable, so you could put glowing lights in

          every spot of your garden for a special evening event!

           

          Epsom salts and solar lights

           

          And because they won’t permanently ruin your pretty glass jars, you can disassemble them for other uses.

          My mother-in-law, Gloria, was out visiting us while I worked on my lighting experiment throughout that entire week ( and peeking out the window every night to see ‘did it work?’ ) I’m happy I was able to pull it off with some ounce of pride still left after all my failed attempts!

           

          DIY glowing garden lights

           

          Have fun with this one, and don’t spend a week trying to figure it out.

          Peace Love Garden

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          14 Responses to DIY Garden Lights

          1. So glad that you figured out what to do… This has saved me time and effort… I have tried the glo paint.. I saw all the outside pretties on pinterest and wanted to re-create it… Didn’t happen for me either… Thanks so much for sharing.. Gotta try this..

          2. Hi Shelly, thanks for the great idea, I have a collection of glass light fixtures from renovating our house that I have saved to make some kind of light in my garden. Thanks again, Maureen
            ps are you in Langley, BC?

          3. You can always get those $ store small lights that look like mini candles. They will flicker a little and give off enough light. Just remember to turn them off when you are done…lol

          4. hi I have an awesome idea for you to try: my neighbor bought the solar powered string lights with cover like butterflies ans drangon flies. when the cover is off a bare bulb, even/flexible spacing between lights. the solar panel is at the end so you can position that to gather sun and her lights glow all night :)

          5. Thank you for sharing your attempts!! As a diy’er I often have failed attempts and it’s reassuring to hear that others have this experience too. Your end result is lovely.

          6. LOVE EM !!! What is the actual purpose of the Mop n Glo ? Also, what types of jars do these tops come from? I’ve been looking for similarly shaped glass tops for different craft projects myself. You did a lovely job!

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