I can't take credit for this idea, I read somewhere about using a solar light
in a real pumpkin but I had not seen them made with artificial pumpkins.
I've had these plug in artificial pumpkins since my boys were little.
They are 18 and 20 now, just goes to show how long this foam lasts!
We still like to put them out at Halloween but I wasn't happy about all the
electrical cords everywhere. We use solar string lights at Christmas
and solar pathway lights that work beautifully so I thought this
would be a great solution... plus...free energy, what's not to love?
To start, I cut and removed all the electrical cords and light bulbs.
Solar lights...about .99 each, found at Walmart
I removed the bottom stake part that you would normally stick in the ground.
For this pumpkin I loved the stem on it since it was natural looking and
didn't want to cut it off so I decided to put the light towards the back of
the pumpkin. I drew an outline in the diameter of the plastic globe
part of the solar light, predrilled a large hole and used a tiny serrated knife
to cut the rest away.
Inserted the plastic "globe" part. It fit snugly, I didn't use glue.
The solar charger part screws on to the clear globe.
The whole process took about 5 minutes.
I was in my garage studio when making them but had to go into the
closet to check it out...success!
I had two more pumpkins in a smaller round size that had plain
foam stems. I cut those off and repeated the steps above to insert the
light directly on top to mimic a stem. I brushed on a little
brown paint and polyurethane to seal.
You can see how beat up this little guy is. I ended up applying a quick coat
of paint then poly to freshen all of them up.
Since it's not Halloween yet and I live in Florida and it's still like
90 degrees...not good for fresh pumpkin life... I simply turned
the pumpkin faces to the rear so it looks like I have whole
pumpkins on the porch.
Of course now that I placed the solar light in the back of the
large pumpkin to save the realistic stem, it doesn't look so
great turned around so I just left it out of the pic.
In hindsight I would have cut the pretty stem off !
Shown with my painted pumpkin topiary I made last Fall.
Sorry for the grainy pic but I took this at night, they really do work well.
When it's closer to Halloween, I may have to move them to the edge of
the porch so they get a good dose of sun for maximum solar charge but
even with the morning sun they've been getting, they seem to work fine.
The rest of the porch is decorated with cats ;)
Thanks for reading about my solar light pumpkins!
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