How To Make Fairy Garden Lights From Acorn Caps

by Sarah - Craft Invaders

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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 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!

 

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 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Next solder your adapted solar power unit in place.

 

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 Finished Fairy Garden Lights.

 

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.

 

Then it’s simply a matter of choosing where to position the lights in your fairy garden.

 

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.

 

And waiting for the sun to go down.

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

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.

 

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16 comments

nikki frank-hamilton October 11, 2017 - 2:54 pm

Sarah, these are so freaking cool! I always learn so much when I come here. This is brilliant. I love the way the fairy garden is coming together. That house is so cool, love all the succulents and ground covers. But the lights are my favorite! Let the kids know that I love it and can’t wait to see what’s next!

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Sarah - Craft Invaders October 14, 2017 - 11:46 pm

I will do Nikki 🙂 I think the next area is going to be a little fairy farm – we have a few ideas so we’ll have to see how it all comes together 🙂

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Amy October 9, 2017 - 10:00 pm

Oh my gosh. I’m dying – this is so cute! What a brilliant idea. It’s the perfect addition to the fairy herb garden, and I love the way it looks when it’s lit up at night. Amazing!

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Sarah - Craft Invaders October 14, 2017 - 11:44 pm

Thanks Amy, we can’t wait for the herbs to get really established and to plant up the next area 🙂

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Michelle Leslie October 9, 2017 - 2:35 pm

Brilliant, just brilliant!!!! I abSooooLutely love how you made these Sarah. So incredibly clever

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Sarah - Craft Invaders October 14, 2017 - 11:43 pm

Thanks Michelle, although it’ll never be as adorable as your little sandy fairy garden 🙂

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FLORENCE @ VintageSouthernPicks October 9, 2017 - 2:22 am

Such attention to the tiniest details! But I know this is what makes one of these so special. You have done a great job on it ! Those little acorn cap lights! WOW. Beautiful.

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Sarah - Craft Invaders October 14, 2017 - 11:42 pm

Thank you Florence, we’re delighted with how they turned out 🙂

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Linda at Mixed Kreations October 8, 2017 - 9:32 pm

Ah Sarah these little acorn cap lights are sooooooo adorable! Your whole fairy garden is adorable. I absolutely LOVE it all.

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Sarah - Craft Invaders October 14, 2017 - 11:39 pm

Thanks Linda, we’re having so much fun with it 🙂

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