The other day I was wandering through Walgreen’s to kill some time and I decided to check out the holiday decorations. (I’ve actually found Walgreen’s to be a good source for cute decorations at reasonable prices!) As I meandered down the aisle, one thing in particular caught my eye – a box of little Christmas-themed solar path lights. They were $2.99 each or 2 for $5, and my inner crafter screamed at me that I needed a pair. (Well, really I only needed one, but I wanted the discounted price!) I knew immediately what I wanted to make – a North Pole street light!
Not only is this craft functional as a Christmas decoration, it also serves as a handy cordless night light. Or, you can put it in a window as an alternative to a candle. Just like a real street light, it will turn on at dusk!
- Solar path light, $2.50 and up
- Foam circle, $1
- Fake snow, $1 and up
- Popsicle sticks, on hand or $1
- Chain necklace, on hand or $1
- Paper shapes, on hand or $1
- Paint, on hand or $1 and up
- Glue, on hand
Total: $4.50 and up
Start by covering a round foam base with fake snow. I used loose snow, but you could also use the sheets of felt-like “snow” for Christmas villages or use a cheap tree skirt. (If you’re using fabric “snow,” make sure you cut a hole in it where the path light will be inserted into the foam!)
While you’re waiting for the glue on your snow to dry, take two sign-shaped pieces of paper and write “North Pole” on each one. I used pre-cut, embossed scrapbooking shapes that I found at one of my favorite dollar stores, but you can easily make your own from plain scrapbook paper.
For hanging the sign, you will need two short sections of necklace chain. Mine are about 2 1/2 inches long and came from my collection of broken costume jewelry. Make sure both pieces of chain are the same length so your sign will hang straight.
Open the end link on each piece of chain and secure it to a link farther up the chain, forming a loop. Make sure the loops on both chains are the same size, and that they are large enough to slide around a popsicle stick.
Lay one of the North Pole signs face down and place the unlooped ends of the chain pieces on the top side of the sign.
Put a layer of glue on the back of the sign and layer the second sign on top, so that the lettering on both sides of the sign is facing out with the ends of the chains sandwiched in between.
Cut a pair of popsicle sticks to make a sign bracket. Make the bracket just longer in each direction than the finished sign will hang. Glue the cut ends of the popsicle sticks together at a right angle.
Apply a coat of paint to the sign bracket, then glue it into place on the shaft of the solar path light at the top.
Carefully press the bottom end of the path light into the snow-covered foam base. If desired, you can add a little bit of glue to make sure it stays firmly in place.
Slide the looped ends of the chain pieces over the popsicle stick bracket to hang the sign. To make sure it stays in place, you can add a dab of glue to the top of the bracket where each chain rests.