How To Make A Rustic Cedar Log Solar Light

by Tammy Taylor~

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Right next to the house lies our barn paddock.  It is a small paddock that features our amazing 1880’s barn as well as a small fenced area.  This paddock is used often to wean calves, work the herd or separate specific cows for whatever reason.  In this paddock was a huge, very old cedar tree.  I loved that thing, it was massive!  But last year it died and RancherMan had to pull it down.  Broke my heart, y’all!  He took one of the huge limbs and made me a laundry pole, I love that.  And he used several of the straight branches to make beautiful walking sticks too.  Then the rest of this tree was hauled to our burn pile.

But with our annual RanchFest family reunion coming up I panicked.  In a few days that bonfire will be lit & it’ll be gone forever!  So I asked RancherMan to go to the burn pile & cut off about 5 ft of that huge tree.  Puzzled, he placated me…

I made a cute rustic 3-tier cedar log solar light feature for my home's front walk. I love the way it turned out and it was inexpensive #TaylorMadeHomestead

I told him I wanted to make a solar light feature for our home’s front walk.  I asked him to saw the cedar log into different and graduating sizes.  One log should be around 2 feet long, another 1.5 feet and the last about 1 ft.  He sawed them to length for me. Oh I love that cedar’s red heartwood!  Oh, and that smell of fresh cedar. (breathes deeply) Delightful!

I’d already purchased 3 *solar lights.  There are many different styles and although I could have purchased some plainer ones for almost nothing, I wanted these because they were a little more decorative.  I like the design with a small cap over them, classy without being too flashy.  They’ll look perfect in my new solar light feature!

I made a cute rustic 3-tier cedar log solar light feature for my home's front walk. I love the way it turned out and it was inexpensive #TaylorMadeHomestead

After the logs were cut & sat up on their ends RancherMan took a paddle bit and drilled a hole into the top of each log.  This hole was the perfect size to receive my solar lights.

I made a cute rustic 3-tier cedar log solar light feature for my home's front walk. I love the way it turned out and it was inexpensive #TaylorMadeHomestead

I bundled the three logs together and we used heavy wire to bind them tightly.  RancherMan then used industrial staples to attach that wire to the logs for extra durability.

I made a cute rustic 3-tier cedar log solar light feature for my home's front walk. I love the way it turned out and it was inexpensive #TaylorMadeHomestead

But that wire is ugly & I didn’t want it to show.  How can I soften that look?  Humm….  I took some jute and twisted several strands together to make a thick rope.

I made a cute rustic 3-tier cedar log solar light feature for my home's front walk. I love the way it turned out and it was inexpensive #TaylorMadeHomestead

I wrapped the rope around the logs covering the wire and fashioned a rustic knot that I thought looked cool.  Finally, we cut the stake of each solar light down to about 3″ long & pushed each solar light into a log.

Let’s stand back & see what we think.  OH YEAH!   I love it!  The  rustic look is exactly what I was looking for.

I made a cute rustic 3-tier cedar log solar light feature for my home's front walk. I love the way it turned out and it was inexpensive #TaylorMadeHomestead

These lights come on automatically at dusk and light the sidewalk to our front door.  The project was quick & it only cost the price of those solar lights and a short length of twine that we already had in the shop.  And now even though it’s gone, that beautiful cedar tree continues to serve us well!

~TMH~

 

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6 thoughts on “How To Make A Rustic Cedar Log Solar Light

  1. ColleenB.

    Couple months ago I had my son–in-law cut me a few sections from a tree that had blew down on his property to do a project very much like yours, but as yet, haven’t had much time to work on them. I have gotten some of the bark off but slow process with everything else going on. I like what you had done to yours; combining all 3 together like that Hopefully…………….someday I will get mine finished. They make for a pretty outside decor

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      It turned out just like I wanted, Colleen. And with the exception of the solar lights, I used things I had around here to assemble it. So the overall cost was very low. Use Whatcha Got! ~TMH~

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      1. ColleenB.

        Been trying to remove all the bark; sand smooth and then will put on a few coats of Poly sealer on them. More work involved than what I thought but eventually; someday mine will be finished. We also have some sections of 4×4 posts that I thought about doing the same way. I just gotta do what I can when I can. Between canning, building the shed, gardening, baking, etc. it does keep me very busy. Canned some Jalapeno hot dog relish up the other day; along with zucchini relish and strawberry jam(small batch of jam). AQlso made and canned some banana pepper mustard. Never ending process with things that need to be done around here.

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        1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

          I know whatcha mean Colleen! This is certainly the busy time of year for us too. But I knew that trunk would be gone forever after the bonfire. Otherwise my solar light wouldn’t be done yet either. Thankfully the bark was already gone from my cedar wood so it was a pretty quick process for me. ~TMH~

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  2. Debra Gordon

    What an amazing idea! I love that you used what was once a favorite tree standing & repurposed it after it had died into such a simple, yet decorative function. So very clever, & it looks so cool! Thanks for sharing with us.

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      Thanks Debra! It’s nice when we drive up to our home at night to see that soft glow of the lights. And like you, I love that I’m still enjoying that beautiful tree even after it’s gone. ~TMH~

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