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Solar Powered DIY Christmas Ornament with Dollar Store Supplies

I’m going to be honest; this little DIY Christmas ornament was a big experiment. I’m not going to say it the prettiest ornament I’ve ever created, but I think the idea behind it is pretty cool. As a matter of fact, now that I’ve created one solar powered DIY Christmas ornament, I have a few more ideas for other solar powered ornaments. For today though, I’m going to share about my solar powered ornament experiment with dollar store supplies.

Solar Powered DIY Christmas Ornament

Like most of my DIY ornaments, this one came mainly from dollar store supplies.

I’m no stranger to the dollar stores around my home town. They probably think, “there’s that crazy lady coming in here again LOL.”

Most people hit up the dollar stores for household items, I hit it up for crafts and decor. Seriously though, they have some really neat and affordable decor!

I said this DIY Christmas ornament started at the dollar store. I told you wrong. It really started at the thrift store where I picked up a 30 cent Halloween pumpkin tea light candle holder. Check out my supplies below.

dollar tree supplies for DIY ornament
solar stake light
solar stake lights

Look how cute they are! The sky is the limit with ideas about using the “solar powered” part (in the “hat”).

Materials to create your DIY solar powered Christmas ornament

  • Solar powered stake (I found mine at Dollar General but you can see a similar one HERE from the Dollar Tree)
  • Paint- acrylic or spray paint (I mentioned in my video that I wish I had spray painted it first)
  • Paint brushes
  • Hollow round bulb or Ornament of some sort (it helps if it has something to hang it with already). I used a Halloween candle holder.
  • Hot glue gun

How to create a DIY solar powered Christmas ornament

The key here is to find a solar powered stake that has an “easily removable” solar powered part. This was the beauty of the particular stake I used.

  1. Paint or decorate your “ornament.”
  2. Hot glue the solar powered part to your DIY ornament
  3. Let it sit in the sun
  4. Wait until it gets dark to see it glow and enjoy!

A few things to note;

If you are painting a surface like glass or something that paint struggles to stick to, I would suggest using spray paint. This was a rookie mistake on my part.

painting the Solar powered DIY Christmas ornament
DIY Solar powered Christmas Ornament

Like I said before, it’s not the prettiest ornament I’ve ever created. But guys!! It glows in the dark!!

Even though it might look like a jack o lantern at night, I’ve still given you some ideas right?

Solar Powered DIY Christmas Ornament lit up
Solar Powered DIY Christmas Ornament

I added ribbon below the hat to cover the hot glue marks.

Solar Powered DIY Christmas Ornament

My kids joke about how it looks like Christmas during the day and Halloween at night! LOL, I don’t know if that’s a good thing or not!

Solar Powered DIY Christmas Ornament

I only created one of these DIY Christmas ornaments, but just imagine an outdoor tree with numerous of these ornaments!

Christmas by day, Halloween by night right?

This would be a great family friendly holiday craft.

My daughter was actually a little upset that I didn’t include her in this project.

Since I only created one of these DIY holiday ornaments, I’ve decided to leave it outside as a centerpiece on our back porch table.

Solar Powered DIY Christmas Ornament outside
Solar Powered DIY Christmas Ornament with Dollar Store Supplies

Want to see more DIY Christmas Ornaments? Check out the extensive list below from other talented bloggers!

As always, thanks for stopping by.


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  1. Meegan says:

    Just as cute as can be! I am lovin’ how you have used the solar idea for Christmas. So smart!

  2. Jenny says:

    So creative and cute! A solar powered ornament would be so popular at my house.