How To Make A Solar Lantern


DIY Solar Light Challenge

Today I’m collaborating with some talented bloggers for the DIY Challenge. Terrie, our host,  from Decorate And More With Tip issued the challenge to make something from a solar light. So I thought I’d share how to make a solar lantern.

If you are coming here from Gail’s – Purple Hues and Me, welcome! I’m so glad that you are here!





Wood Reed


Staple gun and staples

Spray Paint or Stain

Wood Glue

Solar light

Eye Screws


Drill bits

Sting or small chain


4 wood circles

Step 1:

Cut 4 circles from 1/4″ plywood with a jigsaw.

I cut mine outer ring 6″ in diameter and the inner circle 5″.

reed and scissors


Step 2:

Cut 16 pieces of the wood reed 15″ long with scissors.

ruler, wood reed

Step 3:

Mark 3/4″ from the end of each wood reed.

Turn the reed over and mark the opposite end 3/4″.

wood ring, wood reed

Step 4:

Place the 3/4″ mark on the outside edge of a circle and attach 4 reeds at 1/4 intervals on the circle with a staple gun.

wood reed , circle

Step 5:

Fill in the spaces on either sides of the first 4 reeds with 2 reeds, they will overlap slightly.

Continue until all spaces on the circle are filled in.

spray paint, lantern

Step 6:

Using spray paint – or stain – paint the lantern, base, top circles and all sides.

Let dry.

wood glue, lantern

Step 7:

Use wood glue to attach a  wood circle on top of the lantern base.

Secure with 1/2″ brad nails or staples.

wood block, lantern

Step 8:

Use an 8″ piece of 2 x 4 as support to attach reeds to the top cut out circle with staple gun.

Finish stapling reeds to the circle the same way as in step 5.

blue lantern

Step 9:

Use wood glue and staples or brad nails to attach the last circle to the top of the lantern.

solar light

Step 10:

Remove the stake from the bottom of your solar lantern.

Doing this on my solar light left a hole that I covered using black electrical tape.

When I was done, you couldn’t even see that I had put tape over it.

However, most solar lights have the stake on the bottom so this will not be an issue.

OR, you could glue on pretty pieces of glass, rocks etc.

eyescrews, lantern

Step 11:

Attach eye screws to the top of the lantern.

Using a pencil,  lightly mark your top lantern circle into thirds.

Pre-drill your marks. ( Make sure that your drill bit is slightly smaller than the eye screw. DO NOT drill all the way through both circles.)

Screw the eye screws into the pre-drilled holes.

Attach a string or chain to your eye screws.

solar light lantern


Step 12:

Drop your Solar light into the top of your lantern.


Hanging solar light

Step 13:

Hang your lantern and enjoy!

I love how my lantern turned out.

Even though this project took a lot of steps and a few days to complete, I had a great time making it.

Plus, I love a project that is something that not only looks pretty, but one that you will use daily!

But the big question is: how does it look at night?


solar light at night

Like this.

I LOVE it!

I also loved sharing with you how to make a solar lantern and hope that you will join me in checking out all of the other solar light projects that my fellow bloggers created.

Now please head on over to  Jodi’s – The House House and see what kind of solar light project she has for us.





How To Make a Solar Lantern


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  1. Wow, Tammy! Your hanging solar lantern looks amazing! You have some serious woodworking skills! What a fabulous idea!

    1. Thanks Gail, but I have to admit I had help with the wooden circles. Thanks Goodness my hubby is around. I have used all different kids of saws but the one I haven’t used much – and is suppose to be the easiest – is the jigsaw. I’m hoping to get better!

    1. Cindy you can make these to sit on a table top. Instead of rings on the bottom, just put two solid circles and skip the eyescrews! I had fun making these. The only hard part was cutting out the circles. So I had The Hubs do that!

    1. Thanks Cindy! That means a lot coming from you as you are one of the most creative people I know. You made my day!

    1. Thank you Jodi! I keep thinking I might make a couple of smaller ones in different bright blues and hang them all together…. we shall see if I get the

    1. Kelli this lantern can be made with a solid bottom so that you can put it on a table and I can also see it made with a smaller opening at the top for a light kit. If you make one for your bedroom I’d love to see it.

  2. Your pool is so pretty– what a perfect backdrop for your solar lantern! I’ve pinned it to my Creative Solar Lights board. Everyone has had the best ideas….. maybe I should ask permission to use all the pictures in a collage– 8 Of The Best Creative Solar Lights!!! And I love the blue you chose.

    1. You are so right, everyone had such great ideas this DIY Challenge. I loved seeing everyones ideas. Thanks for the pin and you have my permission so use away!

    1. Thanks Michelle! I have to admit that making the lantern was fun and we do enjoy hanging on the back deck – we are definitely outdoor peeps!

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