Repurposed Porch Light with Three Decor Ideas

August 11, 2021

Today I have a true trash-to-treasure project to share!


It all started when we were working on the Budget Patio Makeover at my boyfriend's house. We replaced the porch light and I took the old one home with me thinking I could make something with it.


Low and behold, an idea came to me recently!


Repurposed Porch Light With Three Decor Ideas


You may have something similar to this on your house... old, ugly, broken... don't throw them away! Read on to see the transformation!


Repurposed Porch Light

I started by taking it apart to remove the part that attached to the house and the light bulb holder inside.

Repurposed Porch Light

I removed all the glass pieces for painting, they just slid out once that bottom piece was removed!

Repurposed Porch Light

I cut a little piece of wood to act as a base and then painted the whole thing with a pretty robin's egg blue color called Catalina Mist.

Repurposed Porch Light

There was also a gold metal insert that I think acted like a reflector because it was in the back of the light fixture. I decided to paint it with Looking Glass spray paint.

Repurposed Porch Light

I loved the mottled appearance that this spray paint gave it!

Repurposed Porch Light

I found these two metal molds in my stash to use as risers for my new lantern. I used the tape to mark off the area where it would be glued to the lantern so it wouldn't get painted.

Repurposed Porch Light

Once everything was painted and dry, I reassembled it with the new wooden base and risers. I also left off the front glass piece so that I could easily place things inside.

Repurposed Porch Light

repurposed porch light


Next, I set about making three different decor ideas for my new lantern!

I wanted a fall themed idea first so I created a bow embellished with a felted pumpkin from a headband I found at the thrift store, some green leaves, and pretty polka-dot ribbon.

Repurposed Porch Light

I put magnets on the backs of the bows I made so they are easy to switch out.

Repurposed Porch Light

Here is how to make an easy double loop bow!

Repurposed Porch Light

I used another tart mold and a battery operated candle for the inside.

Repurposed Porch Light

Then I thought it would be fun to have a neutral lantern that I can put out any time of year.

I made another bow and used a little faux succulent.

Repurposed Porch Light


Repurposed Porch Light

Finally, I wanted a whimsical little lantern scene.

Repurposed Porch Light

Repurposed Porch Light


Here is how I made this display...

I found these chipboard mushrooms at the craft store.

Repurposed Porch Light

I painted three of them and then added little strips of cardstock on the bottoms, you'll see why in a second.

Repurposed Porch Light

Repurposed Porch Light

I cut a circle from a sheet of moss to fit inside the lantern. I found the moss at the Dollar Store.

Repurposed Porch Light

I cut slits into the back with a utility knife.

Repurposed Porch Light

And I slid those little tabs I added to the mushrooms through the moss!

Repurposed Porch Light

I folded the tabs over and glued them down on the back.

Repurposed Porch Light

I added some tiny pinecones around the base of the mushrooms to stabilize them and keep them from flopping around too much, and I added some glitter.

Repurposed Porch Light

For this bow, I used one of these moss balls from Target's Dollar Spot.

Repurposed Porch Light

A little freebie spun cotton mushroom I received as a gift with an order.

Repurposed Porch Light

And some more tiny pinecones.

Repurposed Porch Light

A couple of little white daisies finish off this whimsical bow! 

Repurposed Porch Light

I found the little fox figurine at the craft store.

Repurposed Porch Light

Which one of these is your favorite?

Repurposed Porch Light

Repurposed Porch Light

Repurposed Porch Light

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  1. Love the remodel of the fixture. I could see the possibilities of it being a cute little display "cloche". I like all the versions but i think my favorite is the sweet mushroom scene! Very creative use of something that would usually end up in a dumpster!

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    1. Thank you! I really like the mushroom one too :)

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  2. I like the first lantern best, but I love the little scene with the fox! So very clever!

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  3. I love where your mind went with that old light fixture, Tania! Love the color you painted it too. Cute ideas for decorating the lantern for the seasons. My fave is the adorable mushrooms!

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    1. Thanks Marie, that's my favorite too and the one that is displayed right now :)

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  4. I vote for the mushrooms and the fox as well!

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  5. Gotta go with the fox! Animals first always! Great ideas Tania!

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