How To Make An Awesome and Easy Outdoor Solar Chandelier

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Are you looking for an outdoor solar chandelier? Many people know I love thrift stores and solar lights. Put them together and I can create some great things for my outdoor space.

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Do you have an old chandelier you don’t know what to do with? I picked up a few from thrift stores, Facebook Marketplace, and Nextdoor.com and they are the perfect choice for outdoor lighting. I’ll show you How To Make a DIY Solar Chandelier to use outdoors.

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What is a Solar Chandelier?

If you’re new to the idea, a solar chandelier is practically a solar-powered light. It’s a portable fixture with LED lamps, rechargeable batteries, and solar panels.

The only difference is that you’re adding some creative touch to it with the chandelier frame as a fixture.

Do you have an old chandelier collecting dust in some dark corner of your home? Repurpose it to an outdoor decor and improve your garden’s aesthetic!

How to Make an Outdoor Solar Chandelier

A DIY solar chandelier is an effortless project to jazz up your outdoor space. It only took me 15 minutes to complete each piece! 

The best part? It’s much cheaper to make and use than landscape lighting and pathway lights.

Are you ready to fix that old brass chandelier and make your solar-powered chandelier? Follow the steps below:

Step 1: Gather Your Materials

Here's the first chandelier.  I started by removing the light bulbs and the glass fixture pieces.

First, you’ll need a used chandelier. 

If you don’t have any, you can easily purchase one online. I’d also recommend asking for used spares from your family and friends.

I picked up the chandeliers I used in this tutorial from thrift stores, Facebook Marketplace, and Nextdoor.com.

You’ll also need the following:

  • Solar lights
  • Wire cutters
  • Industrial glue
  • Safety Gloves

Step 2: Prep Your Chandelier

I then took off all of the pieces I wouldn't need, like the attachment to the ceiling.  I also cut the wire off the top and pulled it out.  You can decide if you want to keep the chain or not depending on where you're putting it.

I started by removing the light bulbs and the glass fixture pieces. I then removed all the parts I wouldn’t need, like the metal attachment to the ceiling. 

Afterward, I cut the wire off the top and pulled it out.

Chandeliers often come with a chain to attach them to the ceiling. Depending on where you’re putting it, you can decide if you want to keep or take the chain off.

Step 3: Choose Your Lights

I pulled the bases or stems off of 8 solar lights that I got at Walmart.

There’s a wide variety of solar lights you can choose from for your chandelier. There’s a plethora of colorful bulbs with varying sizes.

I got eight solar lights from Walmart for my fixture. Then, I pulled off their stems so they could fit on the holder.

Step 4: Add the Adhesive

Next I squeezed silicone into each of the light sockets.  This will hold the solar light into place.

You need a strong adhesive to glue your light heads into the fixture. For this purpose, you can use industrial glues like liquid nails or silicone, which is what I used.

After prepping the solar lights, I squeezed silicone into the light sockets to hold the solar lights in place.

Step 5: Fix the Lights

I placed the solar light heads into the silicone in the light sockets.

After applying the adhesive, I placed the solar light heads into the light bulb sockets with silicone, ensuring they were straight.

If you use silicone, as I did, apply a fair amount of pressure with your hands to secure a strong bond. Wait for a few minutes before removing the pressure.

Step 6: Leave to Dry

I let the silicone dry over night.

Most adhesives will need ample time to settle and dry. So, allow your freshly glued solar chandelier to dry to prevent the light heads from dislodging.

I kept my chandelier in a secure area to dry properly overnight, and it’s good to go!

Step 7: Flaunt Your Masterpiece

Next, decide where you want to place it - porch, gazebo, hanging from a tree, etc.  With indirect sunlight solar lights will run a couple hours, and with direct sunlight they'll run several.

Finally, decide where to place it.

A solar chandelier would be fun to place on a light post at the end of your driveway or place several smaller chandeliers along a walkway.

You can even hang several smaller solar chandeliers along the overhang of your porch or patio for an additional nocturnal appeal! Here are some places I have put our solar chandeliers:

  • Hanging from a tree
  • Hanging on a Shepard Hook in our garden (keeps pests away)
  • In our gazebo
  • On our front porch

Guess what, they sell outdoor solar lights in different colors too! I love those because they color change.

Many people know I love thift stores and solar lights.  Put them together and I can create some great things for my yard.  Do you have an old chandelier you don't know what to do with?  I picked up a few from thrift stores, Facebook Marketplace, and Nextdoor.com, and I'm turning them into solar chandeliers.

DIY Solar Chandelier Tips

Here are a few reminders for your DIY solar chandelier:

  • The solar chandelier needs the sun. So, I’d recommend hanging your chandeliers in spots where the panels can receive plenty of sunlight.
  • Weather conditions will change the way solar lights work. Clouds, winter months, and storms will not provide a full charge of the sun and will run for a shorter time.
  • Solar chandeliers aren’t only for landscaping. I even made solar garden lights to keep the pests out of my garden.
  • Be careful in choosing your solar lights. Think about hardware durability, weather resistance, brand reputation, and light output.

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Outdoor Solar Chandelier Q&A

Are solar lights worth it?

Yes, solar lights are worth it to have in your home! These portable devices offer plenty of benefits compared to main-powered bulbs. 
They’re cheaper, easier to install, eco-friendlier, and save money on electric bills!

How much does a solar light cost?

I get mine for as little as one dollar from Dollar Tree or Walmart. You can create a lovely and incredible chandelier with a flower basket from the store as well.

How long do solar LED outdoor lights last?

This question can be answered in 2 ways. A solar light needs direct sunlight and the solar cells or panels need the power of the sun to charge. In full sunlight and getting maximum sun exposure, a solar light can run 6-8 hours. A solar light can run on indirect sunlight but it will shorten the length of time it will run.

The lifespan of solar LED outdoor lights can vary significantly depending on various factors, including the quality of the product, the brand, usage patterns, environmental conditions, and maintenance. On average, a well-maintained and high-quality solar LED outdoor light can last anywhere from 2 to 5 years or even longer.

Why do solar lights fail so quickly?

Solar lights can sometimes fail quickly due to several reasons. While solar lights are generally low-maintenance and reliable, they are not immune to issues that can affect their performance.

You can replace the battery from solar lights that go bad, but not just regular batteries will cut it. You’ll need special solar rechargeable batteries. If you put your solar lights in full sun, many of them will have automatic dusk turn on and last until dawn. We put some solar lights with motion sensors on the lights near our back doors, and I love that they run on solar energy.

Things to think about when picking your solar lights:

  • included hardware
  • durable metal construction
  • durability and durability tests
  • weather resistance rating
  • manufacturer
  • dimensions
  • ratings
  • light output

Solar lights are great to greet guests and make solar path lights to lead their way. Solar lights aren’t just to light walkways. You can have a lot of fun and creativity with them. You can even buy solar fairy lights and create Super Easy Dollar Tree Candle Holders DIY To Light Up Your Life

You might also like my solar lanterns that I’ve made. Some of these include a basic solar light and others include solar string lights.

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Final Thoughts

Solar lights are great to greet guests and make solar path lights lead their way. Plus, you can have a lot of fun and creativity with them.

You’ll surely adore the ambiance and elegance these will create in your space. You can even paint yours and add a pop of color!

Trust me, you’ll love the upgrade as I did!

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  1. I love this idea in the chandelier. Going to try making one for my porch. Thanks for sharing. It looks so pretty.

    1. Thank you Andrea – I have 5 different chandeliers at my house – kind of addicted, I know lol. They are super easy, and have a huge impact. I’ll be sharing a couple on Craft with Chloe & Chas this week.

  2. Chas, Is there anything you CAN’T do? I love this idea! We have an old chandelier hanging at our barn and this is the perfect solution, as we don’t have electricity to it.
    You are truly amazing! Can’t wait to try this, my friend!

    1. Thank you Mary and I’m thrilled you want to make one too. I have 5 at my home and recently made 5 more and sold some. They are so fun to create and add so much.

  3. A fantastic idea for an out of date chandelier. I enjoy solar all those lights in my yard and this one will be a welcome addition.
    Have a great week,

    1. Thank you so much Kippi, I’m kind of addicted to creating things with solar lights. My kids now tell me they need sunglasses in the evening from all my creations.

    1. Thank you so much Tarah and right back at you friend.

  4. Yesterday I scored a NASTY, dirty 3 light chandy at an auction for $2. It’s small so it’s in the dishwasher now! Can’t wait to make one; probably hang it on a shepherd’s hook. Can’t wait to see it done!

    1. I’m so excited for you Kathy and please share pictures with me when you’re done 🙂

  5. I found a chandelier at an estate sale last year and have been meaning to do this. Thanks for the reminder, Chas!

    1. They are really fun to make, I have 5 in my yard. I’m thrilled you found one and are wanting to make one too. I’d love to see pictures when you’re done.

  6. I didn’t know they sold solar light bulbs at Walmart! That’s amazing!

    Happy day!

    1. Thank you so much KariAnne – I’m so addicted to making things with solar lights it’s not even funny 🙂

  7. This is great! I love how it glows. Got to keep my eyes open for chandeliers!

    1. Thank you Alexandra, they are so fun to make – I have 5 of them in my yard now 🙂

  8. This is a nice DIY idea. It’s even great to add to an outdoor event that requires lighting.

    1. Thank you, it’s so nice to add ambiance to outside. Decorating outside can be as much fun as inside.

    1. Thank you so much Kim, and I’m thrilled you want to make one too. I have 5 in my yard and I’ve made so many more… kind of addicted 🙂

    1. Thank you Antionette – I have 5 of them now (porch, gazebo, yard, trees, etc). I just can’t stop making them – they’re so easy and fun.

  9. This is such a cool project, Chas, and it’s especially timely as so many of us are spending more time in our gardens at the moment. I love how you have repurposed this chandelier, and it would make any garden look even more beautiful! Thank you for sharing your solar chandelier tutorial at the Hearth and Soul Link Party. I’m featuring this post at the party this week. Hope to ‘see’ you there! Take care, and I hope you have a lovely week.

    1. Thank you so very much April for the feature and kind words. I’m thrilled you like the chandelier. They’re so much fun to make… I have 5 in my yard and I just can’t stop making them 🙂

  10. This is brilliant and so simple! I DO have chandeliers hanging around in the attic somewhere and now I just need to go look for them. Thanks so much for sharing on craft schooling sunday!

    1. Thank you so much Sara! I’m thrilled you like it and want to make one too.

  11. This is so awesome, Chas! Thanks for sharing with Creative Compulsions.


  12. This would be amazing at an outdoor wedding! I can see this in my back yard. I am going to be on the hunt for an ugly chandelier and I am going to do this!!! I will report back! #trafficjamweekend

    1. Thank you so much Tracy and I’m thrilled you want to make one too. I have 5 in my yard and can’t stop making them 🙂

  13. Marilyn Lesniak says:

    Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Please stay safe and healthy. Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn

    1. Thanks Marilyn, I’ll see you at the next party.

  14. I love this idea and would like to try it. I was wondering about the silicone…. are you able to replace the solar light easily if needed?

    1. Thanks Cathy, and I’m thrilled you want to try it. If you get the lights where the top part is where the battery is and twist off. I just buy a new light when one goes out, leave the base in, twist off the old light/battery part, and put the new part in.

  15. KATHLEEN RYAN says:

    Since these solar lights might only go 2 seasons, how do you replace when they stop working?

    1. Great question Kathleen. Many of them you can just lift out and replace with a new one. For the one that has silicone pieces in it, you simply buy a new one, twist off the top that has the light in it, and swap it with the old one.

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