DIY Solar Lights with Neon Paint

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Grab your neon paint and make some DIY solar lights today! These easy to make lights are perfect for lighting up a porch, patio, or walkway. I love an easy DIY project and this one only takes a few minutes. So, grab those supplies and get started. These are also great if you want to make a few of these to keep in your camper or RV for a fun touch of whimsy and light around the campsite. Now let’s get crafty on these solar lights!

This was first published July 25, 2014, however, I am republishing with more information.

Make these DIY solar lights for your porch or patio this summer. The neon paint helps them to really light up the night plus they are easy enough for kids to make! #solarlights #outdoors #patio #porch #summer

Supplies needed:

decoart patio paint

How to Add Solar Lights to Clay Pots

First, you will need to add the solar lights to the terracotta pots themselves. Start with a pot and a solar light. When you are in the store make sure that the solar light will fit into the hole in the bottom of the pot.

clay pot solar light

When we “assemble” these pots with the lights, you may have to throw out that spiked piece that holds the light into the ground. Especially if you are using these on concrete or a porch.

removing stake from solar lights

See my light fits wonderfully with that spiked piece removed sitting on a hard flat surface.

solar light in bottom of terracotta pot

How to Add Neon Paint to Terracotta Pots

Painting these pots is super easy and kids can go wild with their imagination. That makes them a great craft for moms and kids alike.  

DIY Solar Lights with Neon Paint

DIY Solar Lights with Neon Paint

An easy way to make a fun splash of color around your outdoor space.

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30 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Author: Angie Holden


  • Clay pots
  • Masking tape
  • Neon paint I like patio paint for terracotta
  • Solar lights
  • Paintbrushes

Will you be making these with your kids? Or maybe you will be making a ton of these for yourself! Either way you can light up the night in a really unique way with this quick and easy craft.

solar lights on brick steps

I love the way the light shines on the neon paint! And each of the designs are really special.

stripe painted clay pot

You will love how much these add to your outdoor spaces. Don’t love neon? Try other colors with these same painting techniques.

drip paint pot

How many of these DIY solar lights will you make this year?

paint dipped planter

These actually look great in the day as well as at night. Make enough of these to line a walkway or the edges of your entire patio.

neon solar lights

I hope you enjoy this project as much as I did. An easy project with big impact is the perfect thing to kick off summer. So, make some DIY solar lights for your outdoor area.

painting solar lights
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