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Solar Light Planter

Show off your favorite flowers day or night with solar-powered torches that stand above the greenery.

Planter with solar lights.

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Handsaw


  • 18.5-in-diameter x 14.96-in-tall red clay pot, #78249
  • 3 Portfolio stainless-steel, solar-powered LED path lights, #484682
  • 5/8 x 48 wood dowel
  • Rust-Oleum metallic silver spray paint

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Step 1

Apply at least two coats of spray paint to the dowel and let dry. Remove the pointed stake tips from the body of the lights.

Step 2

After adding soil and plants to the pot, estimate the desired heights of the solar lights above the plants and add 8 inches for burying the end of each dowel. You can make them all the same height or stagger the heights. For dowels of equal height, cut the dowel into 16-inch-long pieces

Step 3

Solar lights in a planter.

Insert the cut end of a dowel section into the opening at the bottom of the light. Push the other end into the soil in the pot. Repeat for the remaining lights.

Step 4

Place the pot with lights in an open, sunny area to allow the solar-powered batteries to recharge every day.

By introducing soft solar lights close to blooming plants, their colors seem to come alive at night.