Published on July 8th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Socker Solar Lanterns

Materials: Ikea SOCKER Plant pot, Solar-Powered LED Path Light, String

Description: I wanted solar lights on my balcony but didn’t want to shove the standard path lights into my small planter boxes, so I figured I’d make a hanging solution.

First, pull off the plastic stake part of the solar path light, leaving just the top solar panel and clear light diffuser.

Using a large hole saw bit, I cut a hole in the bottom of the 4 3/4″ SOCKER pot. That hole still wasn’t large enough to drop the solar light in, so I pounded around the edge with a hammer to open it up more. This also helped get rid of the jagged metal edges. Hit the edges until the lights will easily drop into the hole and not wiggle about.

Using a nail, I then punched 3 (mostly) evenly-spaced holes around the edge, inserted the hanging strings, tied a knot on the inside and then joined them into a loop at the top. I think it’s easier to do this before the light has been glued in.

Then I ran a thick line of glue around the hole and dropped the solar light in. Let the glue dry then hang the lanterns where they’ll get decent sun exposure. Simple and inexpensive hanging accent lights!

~ Walter, New Jersey

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17 Responses to Socker Solar Lanterns

  1. Nan says:

    Really want to try this. Hope it is easy to do.

  2. Keelytm says:

    This is seriously genius! I have always loved how inexpensive those stake solar lights are, but like you, I don’t love how limited they were. I’ve also always loved the look of hanging lights, so this is a great way to bring two of my loves together to get cute, fun solar lighting on my patio. Thanks for sharing your great idea!

  3. Katie Adams says:

    I love this idea! I have featured this on my blog. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Great idea. I tried this but the lights weren’t bright enough to light anything. I”m sad cause they look so cute!

  5. Anonymous says:

    I loved your idea ! This really original ! so I bought fourniture to do it myself ! and I know my neighbour won’t have the sames !

  6. Anonymous says:

    This is awesome. I had to downsize from a house to an apartment and I packed my solar lights away in storage. This would be an awesome use for them!

  7. David Cullis says:

    I think these are fab!

  8. Practical and beautiful!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Ikea Hackers has been letting a lot of garbage posts recently, so it’s nice to see something innovative. Very clever!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Great idea. Well described and could be easily and quickly done. Thank you for sharing your idea. -E-

  11. jidianer says:

    A great idea ,thanks for share!

  12. Anonymous says:

    I had no idea those path lights could be disassembled. Lots of possibilities there, very affordable, and easy to do. Thanks for posting!

  13. Tiagirl says:

    Oh! Brilliant! This I have to do!!

  14. Anonymous says:

    This is a real bright idea…Thanks for sharing it.

  15. Sudha says:

    wow..this is really creative

  16. Laurie says:

    not only a good hack, but one I might actually do myself

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