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Fragrant solar light

Mark Rayner shows you how to create this fabulous fragrant outdoor solar light for alfresco drinks or dining – perfect for a Christmas Eve get-together.

You will need: Terracotta pot or bowl with a drainage hole (our jug-shaped pot came from mitre 10 mega), three outdoor solar lights, paintbrush, paint stirrer, good-quality potting mix, white Alyssum, Resene Resene Concrete Clear, Resene Sandtex Mediterranean effect, Resene Terracotta Sealer and Resene testpots of Resene Alabaster and Resene Bullseye.

Here's another idea: Create a rich golden metallic look by painting the pot with one coat of Resene Porsche and two coats of Resene Bullion.

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Step 1 how to make a fragrant outdoor solar light

Step 1
Apply one coat of Resene Terracotta sealer to the pot and allow to dry.

Step 2 how to make a fragrant outdoor solar light

Step 2
Carefully stir the Resene Sandtex with a paint stirrer to ensure the particles are evenly dispersed.

Step 3 how to make a fragrant outdoor solar light

Step 3
Apply one coat of Resene Sandtex to the rim and outer sides of the pot, lightly dabbing to create a textured effect. Allow to dry.

Step 4 how to make a fragrant outdoor solar light

Step 4
Paint the inner and outer rim with two coats of Resene Alabaster, allowing two hours for each coat to dry.

Step 5 how to make a fragrant outdoor solar light

Step 5
Paint the sides of the pot with two coats of Resene Bullseye, allowing two hours for each coat to dry.

Step 6 how to make a fragrant outdoor solar light

Step 6
Apply three coats of Resene Multishield+ gloss to the rim and outer sides of the pot to create a high-gloss finish. Allow two hours for each coat to dry.

Step 7 how to make a fragrant outdoor solar light

Step 7
Assemble the solar lights, following manufacturer's instructions.

Step 8 how to make a fragrant outdoor solar light

Step 8
Fill the pot with good-quality potting mix.

Step 9 how to make a fragrant outdoor solar light

Step 9
Plant the pot with white alyssum and water thoroughly. Allow water to drain.

Step 10 how to make a fragrant outdoor solar light

Step 10
Insert the three solar lights into the potting mix.

 
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