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I love a good bargain, and there are plenty of them at Dollar Tree. Especially given the fact that you can use so many of their items in various craft projects. Today’s project is a prime example of this. The only supply that I use in this project that is not from Dollar Tree is the paint.
- Hanging basket
- Plastic Bowl
- Solar garden stake
- Plastic Champagne Glass (not the flute type)
- Cosmetic sponges
- Fix All Adhesive (similar to E6000)
- Martha Stewart Sea Glass Paint
- Black Plastic Spray Paint
The first thing I did was take apart the garden stake and glued it to the inside bottom of the bowl using my hot glue gun set on low heat. I am using this temporarily as a guide for where I do not want paint. You want to keep this space clear so that your solar light can get some sun.
After that was in place I poured out a bit of the blue sea glass paint and started dabbing it onto the inside of the plastic bowl. I ended up doing three coats on the inside and two coats on the outside. ONce it is painted set it aside to dry completely. I do love Martha Stewart’s sea glass paint as it does become permanent after 30 days or being heat cured (which you do not want to do with the plastic bowl in this project) so it will weather beautifully outdoors.
While your paint is drying take the chains off your plant hanger. We will be putting these back on later, but we will be putting them back on upside down. Once your paint is dry, apply the fix all adhesive to the inside center ring of the plant hanger and center your bowl onto the adhesive. You will want to place something with a bit of weight to it into the bowl to ensure a solid seal for the adhesive. Leave this to dry for several hours or overnight.
After the paint has dried it is time to adhere the solar light to the inside of the bowl. For this, you only need the clear plastic part of the stake light. Put the adhesive around on the top of the solar light, avoiding the solar panel. Turn it upside down and press onto the clear area on the inside of the bowl. This will have to dry for several hours as well.
Once the glue is dry it is time to turn the lamp over and work on the cap of the lamp. Take a plastic champagne glass and mark a large circle in the center of the bottom. This will act as your cutting guide. Then place it on the top of your lamp and mark the basket wires that radiate out from the center circle. You will want to mark each one of these as they are not evenly spaced out. You will be notching each of these spaces so the cap fits down onto the bowl.
Now you will want to cut out the circle and the notches. I used my hot knife for this and it made it much easier, however, you can carefully cut this with an X-Acto or craft knife. If you would like to see what a hot knife is, I have included an Amazon link below. After you have the cup cut, give it a couple of coats of Krylon Fusion Plastic Spray Paint in black both inside and out. Once that is dry, glue it to the top of the lamp using your Fix-All Adhesive.
Now it is time to turn the lamp over and reapply the chains to the plant hanger. You simply put the chains back in the same places you took them off from but the hook will now be on what used to be the bottom of the plant hanger, which is now the top of the lamp. Once you have the chains back on, it is ready to hang.