Upgrade your curb appeal by installing solar lighting. In this tutorial, I will demonstrate how to make solar walkway lights that you can customize.
This Summer I am revamping my backyard and deck. I started last week by creating these DIY wooden lanterns to accessorize my finished space. This weekend I focused on creating lighting for the walkway up to the house. I love lights that are energy efficient and require very little to no maintenance. Solar lights are the best the best. Often you can find tons of solar lights in various shapes and designs. However, sometimes its a bit of a challenge finding solar lighting that speaks to the personality of your space. So in true DIY Toolbox Diva fashion, I opted to make some.
Here’s what I did.
- 1 treated 4x4x10 – This will make 4 Solar Posts
- Veranda 4 in. x 4 in. Black Plastic Solar-Powered Post Cap (4-Pack)
- 4 – Everbilt 1/2 in. x 96 in. Aluminum Angle Bar
- Exterior Paint or Stain
- Copper Protective Enamel Metallic Spray Paint
- All-Weather construction Glue
- Painter’s Tape
- Fast setting concrete
- Miter saw
- Utility knife
- Tape measure
1. Cut the 4×4 down to four 28 inches pieces. You can have the posts cut at your local lumber store or you can cut at home. Wear a respirator when cutting treated lumber.
3. Cut each aluminum strips down to four 24 inch pieces. There are 4 pieces per post for the corners. A hacksaw is needed to cut these bars. You can upgrade the blade to make the cutting process faster. These blades dull quickly. I recommend buying an extra blade.
4. Prep the solar lantern for spray painting. There are many post solar caps to pick from. The colors for the solar caps are often limited. So I painted this to match the color scheme of my backyard. Using painter’s tape and a utility knife I carefully cut off the excess tape around the window and solar panels. Simply take the utility knife and score around the edges. The tape can then be removed from around the windows.
5. Spray paint the solar caps and aluminum corners. Allow time to dry. Make sure the space is well ventilated.
6. Mark down 1/2 In. from the top of each post. This is where the solar post will sit on the top.
7. Glue the corner aluminum strips to each 4 corners of the posts. Allow the glue to set.
8. Touch up the paint. The paint is bound to get scratched during this process. Touch up the spray paint by applying painters tape around the corner pieces and go over the scratched areas.
9. Attach/screw the solar caps to the post and it is ready to be set in the ground.
10. Finally, dig a hole in the ground about 4-8 inches deep and set the post using fast setting concrete and river rock pebbles.
Till Next Time. ~ T.