Got some cool glassware dishes and old crystal vases hanging around? Find an old solar yard light and make yourself a Mushroom Solar Light; they're easy!
There are many solar lights out there, many of which just never seem to quit, even when they're totally out of style. Don't worry, here's a way to use the technology in a completely unique way - your way.
Old glass dishes, crystal vases and other clear glass thrift store treasures are the key to this craft. I've used a glass vase (probably one that someone in hospital had their flowers in) and one of those horrible 'boob' lights that were so popular a few years back. This is just the opaque glass shade with a swirly pattern.
It's important to make sure that the solar panel that is where your solar light gets it's battery charged is able to get enough light. You'll know if it doesn't, because after a while your light won't work as the battery runs down.
This solar light actually comes apart really easily; it's just a twist type of attachment. I took the top part of the light off, which will fit into the vase;
Keep your eyes peeled for smaller vases, with little crystal bowls for the top of the mushroom, and have a cluster of them, crowding around the lighted one. This is a very different way to light the path to the garden, or along the driveway.