In this simple tutorial we make cute fairy garden lights from acorn caps and LED bulbs and show you how to adapt a garden solar light to power them.
Our little acorn cap solar LED lights are perfect for adorning a fairy garden. They are powered using an adapted LED garden solar light, and light up our fairy herb garden beautifully when the sun goes down. This tutorial is in two halves. First, we show you how to adapt the garden solar light and then how to make the string of acorn cap lights.
Adapting a LED Solar Light to Power Your Fairy Garden Lights.
LED Garden Solar Lights are cheap and readily available on the high street. I think the one we used for this project cost 79p. Below is a step by step video that shows you exactly how to adapt one so that you can use it to power your fairy garden lights.
How To Make Fairy Garden Lights From Acorn Caps.
To make a string of acorn cap LED lights you will need:
- Acorn Caps
- LED Bulbs
- Copper Wire
- Sticks (we used wooden round lolly sticks)
- Solder and Soldering Iron
- Small drill bit for making holes in the lolly sticks to feed the wire through
- Something to stand your poles up in while you attach your wires and lights
We used plastic covered copper wire so had to strip the plastic off before we started to assemble our lights. We also assembled our street light poles and dipped them in a solution of tea to stain them.
Our caps were freshly collected and soft, so we were able to push the wires of the LED bulbs straight through them. If you are using dry caps, you may need to drill a little hole before you can insert yours.
If you look closely at the photo below, you will see that one of the LED bulb stalks is longer than the other. The longer stalk is the positive. When you come to mount your bulbs onto the copper wire, all the positives must join the same wire otherwise that bulb inserted wrong will not light up!
Our string of fairy garden lights holds six acorn cap LEDs (any more and the solar unit might struggle to light them up). We started by stringing the copper wire onto our posts. Pilot holes drilled through the arms of the posts are used to pass the wire through. It is then wrapped around the arm to hold it secure. Once the lights are in use it is vital that the two copper wires don’t touch – if they do, they will short.
Once the posts and wire are set up, solder the acorn cap LEDs into place. Remember to have all the positives (the long stalk) attached to the same wire.
Next solder your adapted solar power unit in place.
Our Finished Fairy Garden Lights.
Then it’s simply a matter of choosing where to position the lights in your fairy garden.
And waiting for the sun to go down.
We are building our fairy herb garden in stages. We started with our solar fairy waterfall which you can check out here. Two-thirds of the garden is still under plastic waiting patiently to be planted.
Below is a short clip of our fairy garden so far at dusk.
We’d love it if you’d share our little acorn cap LED fairy garden lights so that we can inspire others to make them.