St Patrick’s Day Decorating with Outdoor Solar Lighting and Fairy Houses

How do you decorate for St. Patrick’s Day when the holiday occurs between winter and spring, with unpredictable weather threatening to blow away your paper shamrocks?

St Patrick's Day solar lanterns Answer: Use weather-safe outdoor lanterns and string lights that are fun and festive whether the weather is sunny, rainy, or snowy!

St. Patrick’s Day curated collection:

 

How to decorate outside in winter after the holidays

white and mint outdoor solar lanterns

White and mint make a crisp, icy combination to match all those January and February frosty days if you’re in a colder climate, and even if it’s hot and sunny because you live near the equator,  you can pretend you’re living in a winter wonderland with this color combination!

Recipe ingredients to mix and match as you wish to get this look:

Our oversized Soji Ilume lanterns – fabric solar lanterns, available in both White and Mint.

Soji Original solar lanterns – durable fabric solar lanterns also come in both Mint and White (in cooler White LED light option versus the warmer Amber LED option)

Solar Glass Tea Lanterns – Hand blown glass with luminescence throughout – in White or Mint

Soji Pod solar lanterns – in White or Turquoise to mix in contrasting shapes

Soji Silk Effects solar lanterns – Shimmery silk look available in Square shape in Sky Blue and Pearl or Teardrop shape in Sky Blue and Pearl

Solar Glass Boaters Lanterns in three different shapes in White and Soji Canvas Ginkgo Print in Turquoise mix in more icy frozen decor elements

Solar String Lights – Hand-blown glass Aurora Glow in minty Sea Glass or White Diamond or Clear with White LED

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

picture of solar lantern in a Valentine's Day gift box Valentine’s Day isn’t just for sweethearts – it’s the perfect opportunity to give a gift someone you love and appreciate!  Our unique and durable products will add beauty outdoors all year round!  That’s a lot longer-lasting than a box of chocolates (chocolate disappears almost immediately…strange and sad mystery…).

Here are some beautiful ideas for Valentine’s Day gifts for a friend, a neighbor, a relative, or anyone to whom you’d like to express love. Solar products

Shown above:

Soji Stella Bulb in Pearl – solar lantern in durable Tyvek

Soji Original in White and Soji Original in Red – durable nylon fabric solar lantern, no paper here! White is available with white or amber tone LEDs

Soji Stella Market in Bronze – Gorgeous metallic fabric is Tyvek-tough!

Soji Canvas – Ginkgo in Poppy – Punched designs on the metal top and bottom cast beautiful patterns up and down, and the canvas fabric looks fantastic day or night

Soji Stella Cylinder in Bronze – Metallic Tyvek fabric and delicate punch patterns make the Stella solar lantern line shine day and night

Solar Glass Tea Lantern in White – Hand-blown glass with luminescence throughout

During February, our Holiday curated collection features even more unique Valentine’s Day gift ideas.

Tutorial: How to Make a Solar Jack-o’-lantern

how-to-make-a-solar-jackolantern2Confession: We love summer. Long, sunlit days and warm evenings are perfect to show off our solar lanterns and string lights. But when autumn arrives and the Halloween spirit kicks in, we can take a fresh look at things, and see how to transform outdoor lighting for Halloween.

Every once in a while, we like to take our normally elegant lanterns and have a little fun with them. Lots of us dress up for Halloween, and there are a few ways for your solar lanterns to get into the silly spirit too for a couple weeks, if you wish.

This is a also a fun Halloween project to make with kids. The director of this project was eight years old, and materials reflect what was closest at hand. You could make this more permanent by using materials like felt, fabric glue or special paints. But the point of this tutorial is to give you easy Halloween decorating ideas and show how to temporarily and easily transform your lovely solar lanterns into glowing solar jack-o’-lanterns.

IMG_8487 lowYou have endless options in terms of pumpkin expression, hardiness of materials (using fabric shapes on the durable nylon lantern would make it weather-resistant, for example). Fastest and most kid-friendly is pictured here (simple construction paper and clear tape). Simplest weather-resistant setup might look like cutting up an old black T-shirt (upcycled Halloween project, anyone?) and securing pieces with white craft glue. Pictured is what our eight-year-old designer did. First, gather your materials:

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Materials needed:
~~~Soji Original Solar Lantern (in Orange)
~~~Shapes for jack-o’-lantern face (construction paper, felt, or other fabric, in black)
~~~Adhesive (clear Scotch-style tape, double-sided tape)
~~~Scissors
That’s it!

We used the convenient Soji base unit (included with Soji Original lanterns and available as an accessory for other lanterns) to secure our lantern on the table while we worked.

Cut out your scary or happy or silly face parts, and when you’re satisfied with the “face,” get the parts ready to attach. Old-fashioned tape loop method demonstrated here:

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Secure the face parts onto the nylon lantern:

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Smile back at your smiling jack-o’-lantern!

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Now for the fun as dark approaches and the jack-o’-lantern lights up. From a late afternoon orange glow….

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…to a soft glow as the sun goes down.

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Hanging them outside looks so good day or night, you may want a few, to set up a small “patch” of them. Display your solar jack-o-lanterns in your trees, going up your steps, hanging from your porch, mounted on shepherd’s hooks, or wherever you’d like to add some Halloween glow.

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…and lovely lighting up the night!

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IMG_8254 lowKids can make their own jack-o’-lantern nightlight for their bedroom, with no molding pumpkins or fire danger from candle flame with traditional jack-o’-lanterns. Charge the lantern (solar panel facing up to the sun) during the day, then bring it inside to glow for hours. Or hang it outside to welcome visitors.

Wondering by now how to correctly spell and punctuate “jack-o’-lantern?”  Merriam-Webster indicates no spaces, two hyphens, and an apostrophe after the “o.” That’s a lot of punctuation for this tutorial about simple Halloween projects!

 

Ways to  display your solar jack-o’-lantern:

~~Hang from a Shepherd’s Hook
~~Use the (included) hanging handle to hang it from a branch or porch/deck hook
~~Use the (included) Soji base unit for a table top display
~~Use the (included) alligator clip to attach the hanging handle anywhere else

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