How to Make Plastic Flowerpot Lights


Plastic flowerpots may not be the best choices for planting flowers and herbs, but they can be inexpensive and attractive lighting solutions for your deck, patio or garden. Paint the plastic pots to coordinate with your outdoor spaces and embellish them with beads, crystals or metal foil flowers to make eclectic outdoor luminaries. A little imagination and a few simple steps will transform plain plastic flowerpots into accent lights for your home and garden.

Step 1

Spray-paint the plastic flowerpot and the four dowel feet to match each other. Let the paint dry.

Step 2

Tape the design template to the outside of the plastic flowerpot. Any type of design will work for this project as long as it fits the outside of the flowerpot.

Step 3

Drill small holes around the outline of the design template. Drill through the paper and into the plastic. The holes will allow the light to shine through the flowerpot; the more holes you drill, the brighter the light will be.

Step 4

Glue the four dowel feet to the base of the flowerpot. Do not cover the drainage hole. If there is no drainage hole, drill one large enough to fit the electrical cord from the lights. Solar string lights will need less of an opening. Let the adhesive dry.

Step 5

Trace the flower template onto the copper foil. Cut out the shape of the flowers with sharp household shears. Make at least three flowers to stand in the plastic pot.

Step 6

Measure the height of the inside of the plastic flowerpot. Cut a length of copper tubing for each flower that's 12 inches longer than the height of the flowerpot. Bend one end of each copper tubing stem into a hook. Glue the flowers onto the front of the hook with waterproof construction adhesive.

Step 7

Place the string lights inside the flowerpot. Thread the electrical cord through the drainage hole.

Step 8

Cut a section of chicken wire to fit inside the plastic flowerpot, above the string lights. The top of the chicken wire should fit 3 inches below the rim of the flowerpot. If you shape the chicken wire in an inverted, squared-off U shape, the sides will keep the wire in place. Fit the wire over the string lights.

Step 9

Slice a 2-inch-thick section of floral foam to fit inside the flowerpot, over the chicken wire. Insert the copper flower stems into the floral foam. Place the foam on top of the wire and carefully press the copper stems to the bottom of the flowerpot. Cover the foam with decorative stones.

Things You'll Need

  • 4 wooden dowel feet
  • Spray paint
  • Painter's tape
  • Design template
  • Drill
  • Small drill bit
  • Waterproof construction adhesive
  • Copper foil
  • Flower template
  • Household shears
  • Copper tubing
  • Pipe cutter
  • String lights
  • Chicken wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Floral foam
  • Craft knife
  • Decorative stones


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Keywords: decorative lighting, copper flower lights, flower pot lights

About this Author

Katherine Kally is a freelance writer specializing in eco-friendly home improvement projects, practical craft ideas and cost effective decorating solutions. As a content creator for Demand Studios and private clientele, Kat's work is featured on sites across the web. Kally holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of South Carolina and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.