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.
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This is absolutely amazing! How clever you are!! I just can’t get over how beautiful these are!
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I read your post on Hometalk and came on over to your site for more ideas using the glass covers. I like the other ideas too, especially using the tall candleholders. I will look for this kind of battery candles with the timers. And I didn’t even know you could replace the batteries. I can’t trust myself with real candles anymore. I forget I lit them. So timers really appeal to me. Thanks so much.
Thanks for jumping on over here Jewell. Ü Glad your found some inspiration! Yeah, I feel much saver with the battery kind myself anymore.
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I love your ideas! We did something similar last summer, turning a light fixture in to a bird feeder. Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites. I’m featuring you this week at Simply Sweet Home.
Thank you so much Jerri. I really appreciate that. I’ll share your link once its up on all my networks!
Loved it!!Your lights are so pretty! I have one of these in my basement and you have given me some great inspiration!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful creativity with us at Friday Favorites! I hope you will join us again this week! Hugs- Christine at Must Love Home
Glad to be of inspiration Christine. Ü Thanks for stopping by!
What a great idea….I’d love it if you’d link up to Talk of the Town!! (http://www.sadieseasongoods.com/talk-town-link-party-14/)
Thank you Sadie. Ü
Hi Nancy, What a great way to recycle your old ceiling fan! Well done! The new lights look great! Thanks for sharing the process with us. Blessings, Janet
Thank you Janet. I appreciate that. Thanks so much for stopping by!
Great upcycle! thanks for sharing on craft schooling Sunday.
You’re very welcome. Ü
Really adorable result! Love the simple idea and the expensive look – awesome!
Thanks you Michelle. Ü
What a clever idea!!
What an incredible idea!! The decor lights look super high end and elegant. I’d love for you to share this over at my link party:)
The new light looks great! I am so impressed with the transformation!
Thanks Lela. Appreciate you stopping by!
What a great way to recycle a ceiling fan! It turned out really nice. I kept one of our ceiling fans when the hubby took it down, but he threw away a couple other ones. I wish I would of save them to because they were more like this one. Would make great Christmas gifts for my girls. Pinning!
Thanks Linda. Ü I know what you mean… I’ve tossed many things that I wish I hadn’t since I started this site.