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Solar floor lamp

DIY project from NZ Gardener magazine

Enjoy your outdoor areas even after darkness falls this summer.

How to make a solar floor lamp

You will need


  • 7.2 linear metres of 42mm x 42mm treated timber, cedar, macrocarpa or reclaimed timber as per your requirements
  • 32 x 65mm stainless steel screws
  • 4 x 25mm stainless steel screws
  • 2 x wire or strap at 330mm long
  • Solar hanging pendant light (available from most hardware and lighting stores)
  • Your choice of Resene finish

Cut list:

  • The measurements are specific to this project: These sizes can be adjusted to suit your space requirements.

    • 4 pieces at 1400mm
    • 8 pieces at 200mm


  • Measure tape and pencil
  • Mitre saw or hand saw
  • Drill with 4mm bit and square bit
  • Paintbrush

Health & safety: 

  • When using power tools, always wear goggles and ear defenders, and ensure all jewellery is tucked away, hair tied back and don’t wear loose clothing that may get tangled.



Learn how to make a solar floor lamp:

Solar floor lamp - Step 1 Step 1
Measure up and cut your timbers to size, using a drop saw or handsaw.

Solar floor lamp - Step 2 Step 2
Oil stain each timber on all sides with a first coat. I chose to use Resene Woodsman Penetrating Oil Stain in Pitch Black.

Solar floor lamp - Step 3 Step 3
Measure 15mm from the top and bottom of each 1400mm timber, and pre-drill.

Solar floor lamp - Step 4 Step 4
Screw the 200mm timber pieces in place with the 65mm stainless screws. Screw together to make 2 frames.

Solar floor lamp - Step 5 Step 5
Measure 35mm from the top of the frame to secure the remaining 200mm timbers, and pre-drill.

Solar floor lamp - Step 6 Step 6
Screw the 200mm timbers in place.

Solar floor lamp - Step 7 Step 7
Apply a second coat of stain.

Solar floor lamp - Step 8 Step 8
Using the 25mm stainless steel screws, attach your wire or strap in a diagonal cross at the top of the frame.

Solar floor lamp - finished Step 9
Loop the cable of the outdoor pendant over the cross. Your light is ready.

Project by: Jane Horne


Jane Horne and partner Simon Bartholomew design and develop projects from their studio in Christchurch, managing projects throughout the South Island.

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