back to top
DIY

25 Clever Ways To Harness The Power Of The Sun

It's the 21st century, AKA solar panels now belong literally everywhere.

Posted on

1. Make your own solar panels out of soda cans.

Here's how.

2. Channel your inner Victorian with solar-powered lampposts.

How anachronistic.

3. Channel your inner witch with a glowing orb.

Get it here.
Advertisement

4. Here's the DIY version.

Directions here.

5. Get a solar-powered video camera.

You'll never run out of battery halfway through your cousin's interminable graduation again.
hammacher.com

You'll never run out of battery halfway through your cousin's interminable graduation again.

6. Charge your phone.

Available here (in German) (which is clearly why it's so sleek).
design-3000.de

Available here (in German) (which is clearly why it's so sleek).

7. Make your own charger from an Altoids case.

Mmm, minty.
Advertisement

8. Or just let your bikini do the charging for you.

Artist and performer Andrew Schneider came up with this little number; you can place custom orders here.
andrewjs.com / Via imwm.org

Artist and performer Andrew Schneider came up with this little number; you can place custom orders here.

9. For a slightly more kid-friendly project, make a solar oven.

Just be warned that the amount of s'more consumption in your house will increase considerably.
icanteachmychild.com

Just be warned that the amount of s'more consumption in your house will increase considerably.

10. Bonnaroo would be so much more tolerable if you had this solar-powered tent.

Too bad it's only in prototype.
newsroom.orange.co.uk

Too bad it's only in prototype.

11. These lifts were designed to help people in wheelchairs.

Advertisement

12. Make a solar jar.

Directions here.

13. Or a hanging lamp.

Directions here.
ikeahackers.net

Directions here.

14. Buy a tiny model of Her Royal Majesty the Queen.

She actually waves, a fact to which I can attest because one of my roommates has this very device. She (the Queen, not my roommate) lives next to the toaster and the potted succulents.
amazon.com

She actually waves, a fact to which I can attest because one of my roommates has this very device. She (the Queen, not my roommate) lives next to the toaster and the potted succulents.

15. Or...these babies kissing?

Is that, like, okay?
chaarly.com

Is that, like, okay?

Advertisement

16. OR THIS SCANTILY CLAD JIGGLING DOLL?!?

The solar energy causes her boobs to shake. Cool awesome glad this is where technology has brought us.
tinydeal.com

The solar energy causes her boobs to shake. Cool awesome glad this is where technology has brought us.

17. This toy is actually appropriate for children.

Get it here.
etsy.com

Get it here.

18. Make a solar-powered herb garden.

Like this guy.

19. Line your porch with Mason jar lights.

Directions here.
Advertisement

20. Get a light-up marquee for a party or wedding.

It'll look great during the day and downright magical at night.
etsy.com

It'll look great during the day and downright magical at night.

21. Commemorate.

For the right person, this could be the best memorial of all time.
etsy.com

For the right person, this could be the best memorial of all time.

22. Light your way home.

So no one will ever have to awkwardly drive by your house three times trying to figure out if they're at the right place.
loveseweetlove.blogspot.com

So no one will ever have to awkwardly drive by your house three times trying to figure out if they're at the right place.

23. Take inspiration from the World Cup for solar-powered boats.

24. And from Art Haines, who sells DIY solar car kits.

Get yours here.

25. Make your yard sparkle all summer long.

These solar-powered string lights are available here.
gardeners.com

These solar-powered string lights are available here.