DIY Candle Lantern

When I saw this outdoor light fixture cover, I immediately thought of turning it into a diy candle lantern. Or elaborate cloche….


DIY Candle Lantern |


This is what it looked like before:


Lantern before |


Thingies stick out from the bottom which the screws go into, so I couldn’t simply set it on a plate.

In order to make a base for it, I first traced the bottom onto a piece of paper, then used the width of my flexible ruler as a guide to enlarge the pattern. This picture shows the pattern after one enlargement, but I actually added one more ruler width.


DIY Candle Lantern base pattern |


I cut out the pattern, taped it to a scrap piece of wood, and cut it using my miter saw.

Then, it became a collaborative effort. Richard used his router to fancy up the edges and drilled holes for the screw thingies to sit in.


Lantern Base routered and painted |


I painted the lantern, then painted and distressed the base. The lantern can be screwed to the base if desired, or  for easy access when using a candle, it can simply be set onto the base, lining up with the holes.


DIY Candle Lantern with base |


Have you used lighting fixtures in new ways?



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  1. What a great way to reuse old fixtures! I bet you could find a bunch of these at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore for cheap.

  2. Oh pretty, I wish I had some more tools a router is on the list 🙂

  3. That was so clever Sheila. It looks amazing! Happy New year to you.

  4. This is one of my favorite remakes! You have great vision! You make me think of all the things I’ve given away that could be re-purposed! I’m calling you from now on! Great remake!

  5. Love it, Sheila! I found a light I bought at the Restore a couple of years ago when I was in the attic getting the Christmas stuff. Since I’ve been wanting to get a couple of bird feeders, I think I’m going to adapt it into a feeder. I’m going to need a base though, so I’ll be on the lookout for something I can use.

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