Learn how to make an inexpensive DIY solar light post to decorate your front yard or backyard. This quick project uses a board of 4×4 and solar lamps. Make it as large or small as you like!
This spring, I am on a spree to spruce up our outdoor space.
I have a few large projects planned and in progress.
It is always good to mix up large and small projects to keep things fun and interesting.
Lighting is one of the key elements to add magic to summer nights…
Or, just to guide visitors to the door.
A couple of years ago, I whipped up this easy DIY solar light stand in about half an hour (not including drying time)
The best part …. you guessed it –
I used up a few scraps of 4×4 boards I had laying around.
It really is a take on my scrap wood candle holder… but here I used solar lights instead of candles or tea lights.
You can easily make this fit your space and requirements – aka as tall or as wide as you like!
Let’s get building!
DIY Solar Light post using 4×4
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Materials needed for the solar light post
- 4″ x 4″ lumber
- LED Solar lights
- 7/8″ spade bit (be sure to measure your solar light tube and choose this accordingly)
- Wood glue
- Power Drill or Drill press
- Optional – paint or stain (I used Cub Appeal New England Navy)
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How to make the solar light post:
Step 1 – Cut Lumber
Cut the 4″ x 4″ board down to sizes you desire. I used three pieces cut to 8″, 11″ and 15″.
Again, you can make them as tall as you like… or you can add multiple other lengths and boards.
It really is up to you and what your space needs.
Be sure to sand any rough edges.
Step 2 – Build the structure
Using wood glue and clamps attach the 4″ x 4″ pieces one-by-one.
Allow 12 hours of drying time.
Optional – You can stain or paint the structure at this point. I decided to leave mine bare because it went well with the tiered planter next to it.
Step 3 – Drill holes
Drill holes about 2″ deep into the top of each pillar.
A 7/8″ spade bit in my drill worked perfectly for my solar lights.
You may need larger or smaller depending on the width of your solar lights. Be sure to measure to make sure you get a good fit.
A drill press may be a great way to make these holes, however, I don’t have one, so I just used my power drill fitted with the spade bit.
Step 4 – Add solar lights
Fit solar lights into each hole. If your solar lights had stakes, remove them before fitting.
You can also glue them using a strong glue like E6000 to make them permanent.
I decided against it because the solar lights have a very snug fit so I wasn’t bothered with them falling off etc. Plus, it will also make it easy to change out the lights if needed.
The new solar lights stand looks perfect on my front porch next to the $10 tiered cedar planter.
But the real magic happens at night!
This simple project creates a gorgeous ambience!
And then we moved to our new home.
A quick update of the solar light stand –
It felt really bare out front, so I taped it and painted it to add a little punch of color.
I think the paint adds a nice modern touch to the solar lights. Of course, I got new ones because the old ones broke at one point.
It also makes a nice addition to my backyard. I am debating which one will be its final spot.
If you have or if you make one of these, I would love to see! Please share and tag Anika’s DIY Life on Instagram @anikasdiylife
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