Solarizing your Halloween pumpkins -Take 2

2014-09-30 21.56.12

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

Our Lowe’s find

this is what the color changing light looks like before we modify it

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!

2014-09-30 21.57.19My 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. 2014-09-30 21.56.45I 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.

the other pumpkin was a foam one we did too.

Creating. Inspiring. Gardening without the rules!

this is a hard plastic pumpkin

this is a hard plastic pumpkin

Take out the light

Take out the light

Tools needed

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

There are 3 screws to take out

Took out the 3 screws

Took out the 3 screws

very carefully separate and you will see the wires

very carefully separate and you will see the wires

carefully cut the red/white wire that goes up to the light

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

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

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

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 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

carefully pull the light out

pull the light and wire out

pull the light and wire out

the wire and light is out so set aside and plug in your glue gun

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

pointing to the hole that the wire will be threaded into

it is hard to see but the screwdriver is pointing to the hole

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

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

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"

the wire is up through the hole-pull through it through about 6″

you will need to carefully separate the white and red wires

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

take the small wire cutters and carefully cut between the wires and pull apart

do both wires and now grab your strippers

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

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

the end of the wires are stripped

gently twist the white wires together and then repeat for red

gently twist the white wires together and then repeat for red

red wires twisted

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

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

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

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

line up the screw holes and put the screws back in

tighten the screws up tight

tighten the screws up tight

put some hot glue where the wire comes out to hold it in place

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

pull the top tube post out where the light went up and fill it with glue

dabs of hot glue to seal the hole

dabs of hot glue to seal the hole

put the bottom post in and it is almost ready to go outside

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

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

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

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

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.

the other pumpkin was a foam one we did too.

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