Okay I came up with another cool idea.
Okay. Honestly. I have a confession.
This was my hubby’s idea. He thought the first set of pumpkins were okay but he told me they could be better. So off we went to the outdoor lighting aisles of Home Depot and Lowe’s looking for another solar solution for the Halloween pumpkins. It did not take long to find our solution at Lowe’s for $5 on clearance.
Our Lowe’s find
this is what the color changing light looks like before we modify it
The great thing about this solution? It will work for other holidays and decorations!
My hubby gets the credit this time for this cool idea!
It only took us about 30 minutes to do this. These solar lights only require you to drill a small hole (if there is not one for the new light). The hardest part will be the re-wiring of the solar light to work so we give you step by step directions on how to change the solar light and its wiring.
I am so psyched to decorate for Halloween now. I am adding solar lights to all my Halloween pumpkins, skulls, and decorations. It will be so nice for the decorations to light up at dark. We will also save about $30 in batteries just for Halloween. Plus it takes time to go around and turn everything on and off at night. I will keep my eyes open for white lights instead of color changing for other garden decorations but until then I am going to have fun decorating with my ‘solarized’ Halloween decorations. Happy Halloween!
the other pumpkin was a foam one we did too.
Creating. Inspiring. Gardening without the rules!
this is a hard plastic pumpkin
Take out the light
Tools needed: small screwdriver, small flat tip, small wire cutters, wire strippers, drill, and a hot glue gun (or something similar to use)
There are 3 screws to take out
Took out the 3 screws
very carefully separate and you will see the wires
carefully cut the red/white wire that goes up to the light
be gentle. the wires are easily broken off but they can be fixed
take the small flat tip screwdriver and pry out the glue that goes up to the light
glob of glue-there still will be some so you will have to pry some more so the wire becomes loose
carefully push the screwdriver in and loosen the wire. do not worry if you scrape the wire because you have enough wire to work with
carefully pull the light out
pull the light and wire out
the wire and light is out so set aside and plug in your glue gun
pointing to the hole that the wire will be threaded into
it is hard to see but the screwdriver is pointing to the hole. you can take the battery out to see better. just put the battery back in before you twist the wires back together
you will need to feed the end of the wire with the light through here
fish the wire through and just enough for you to work with
the wire is up through the hole-pull through it through about 6″
you will need to carefully separate the white and red wires
take the small wire cutters and carefully cut between the wires and pull apart
do both wires and now grab your strippers. put the battery back in now too
wire strippers -smallest space and carefully clamp down to strip and pull. you do not need much about 1/2″ enough to twist
the end of the wires are stripped
gently twist the white wires together and then repeat for red
red wires twisted
now this is the hard part-carefully take the wires and bend them into the cavity and grab the glue gun to glue the wire in place and to seal the bare ends
glue white wires in the other side. the hot glue needs to cool so you will have to hold the wires in place until it cools enough to hold them
after the wires and glue are set, now you can put it back together-be careful the wires are fragile
line up the screw holes and put the screws back in
tighten the screws up tight
put some hot glue where the wire comes out to hold it in place
pull the top tube post out where the light went up and fill it with glue
dabs of hot glue to seal the hole
put the bottom post in and it is almost ready to go outside
drill a hole in the back of the pumpkin-1/4″ hole or whatever size drill bit needed for a different light. make sure the hole is opposite and center of the pumpkin face and up a bit so the light is not so noticeable or seen when looking at the pumpkin
take the small flat tip screwdriver and clean out around the hole and get rid of the burrs
this is hard plastic so there is a rubber piece on the light bulb and that needs to be slid down and then the light will fit in the hole
just took a piece of electrical tape -a stop so the light bulb does not go any farther in the pumpkin than needed
the other pumpkin was a foam one we did too.