This beautiful illuminated upcycled decor light was made from the covers on an old ceiling fan that we had replaced in our living room. I try to look past what something is to what it can be and this was about the easiest upcycled item I’ve ever done. I’m not sure it even fits that definition as it still basically does the same thing… covers a light. I used battery operated tea lights for mine that are on a timer so they are hands off until I need to replace the batteries. If you’d like some other twinkly room lighting ideas check out our Coffee Filter Twinkle Light Filters or our DIY Twinkle Light Jars.
Upcycled Illuminated Decor Supplies
- Old ceiling fan light covers
- Tea Lights, Battery Operated (this is the exact set I purchased which works on a timer 6 hours on 18 off) *
- Replacement batteries when needed (the set above comes with extras.)
Note on these specific tea lights: I’ve not had mine long enough to determine the usage on these specific lights but from what I read it will be about two to three months if they are kept on the timer 24/7. The way the timer works is you turn them on at the time you want them to stay lit for 6 hours. They will then auto shut off for 18 hours and come on again the next day.
This is a shot of the ceiling fan before we moved into the home. It was a nice one but still dated so we know it would eventually be replaced.
The day finally came when we replaced the ceiling light with a chandelier.
I looked at those covers and thought hmmm…
Then I grabbed some battery operated tea lights that work on a timer.
I found an old candle stand and used it for a base.
I tested these in a few places.
This is my favorite decor piece which sits on our coffee table.