How to Make Camping Lights From Flower Pots

Awning lights for RVs and campers must provide enough light to see by but not so much that it disturbs nearby neighbors at the campground. Muted lights work well to also keep bugs at bay. A flower pot lamp is a popular and attractive option if you have electricity available at the RV park. Give your home away from home a porch light that will delight and impress the other campers.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Things You'll Need:
  • Flower pot and tray Drill Tri-beads Cement glue Utility light fixture 40-watt light bulb 5 nuts and bolts 5 washers
  • Flower pot and tray
  • Drill
  • Tri-beads
  • Cement glue
  • Utility light fixture
  • 40-watt light bulb
  • 5 nuts and bolts
  • 5 washers
Step 1

Choose a 12-inch or large plastic flower pot with a flared rim. Check that the bottom drip tray will fit inside the top of the flower pot when turned upside down. Light colors mute light without blocking it and decorative elements on the pot add to the design of your lamp.

Step 2

Drill holes through the flower pot just large enough to put one arm of the plastic tri-beads through. Follow the design on the flower pot or drill your own design. Tri-bead sizes differ so check your beads against your bits before drilling.

Step 3

Push a tri-bead into each hole. Secure with cement glue on the inside of the pot so the glue is not visible.

Step 4

Drill a hole in the center bottom of your pot. Feed the cord for the utility light through it.

Step 5

Drill holes on either side of the cord hole to bolt the utility light in place. Place the bolt through the bolting plate on either side of the light fixture. Place a washer between the nut and plastic pot bottom.

Step 6

Insert the drip tray into the opening of the pot, with the pot facing down and the drip tray facing up. Mark three equidistant points around the rim for the bolts to attach the tray to the pot. Drill holes through both the drip tray and pot where they meet. Push the bolts through the holes in both pot and tray and screw the nuts on with a washer between the nut and pot.

Jenny Harrington has been a freelance writer since 2006. Her published articles have appeared in various print and online publications. Previously, she owned her own business, selling handmade items online, wholesale and at crafts fairs. Harrington's specialties include small business information, crafting, decorating and gardening.