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. 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.

  2. 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!
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  3. That was so clever Sheila. It looks amazing! Happy New year to you.

  4. Oh pretty, I wish I had some more tools a router is on the list :)
    Mel recently posted..Happy New Year!!!!

  5. 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.

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