It’s time for the monthly Power Tool Challenge. This month’s theme is Secret Santa. I am sharing some DIY Christmas Lanterns made from old porch lights. This was a fairly easy project using some items I already had around the shop.
Old porch lights
Do you have some old porch lights? If not, you can pick them up at your local Habitat ReStore.
I was fortunate that my neighbor Rodney gave me these old porch lights a few months ago. They’ve been hanging out waiting for the perfect project. As I started dismantling them I wasn’t sure that they would morph into what was my vision, but in all honesty I think they surpassed my dreams!
Let’s see how old porch posts became festive Christmas lanterns!
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Disassemble wall lantern porch light
I began by dismantling the porch lights so I could turn them into Christmas lanterns.
- Remove Brackets
- Snip Wires
- Loosen Nuts to Separate the Light from the Base
Tools used included pliers, needle nose pliers , small screw drivers, wire cutters, a wrench and/or a socket. A little patience is also helpful!
Can You Have Too Many Spindles?
I was hoping to rest the Christmas lanterns on spindles, so I went to my collection of bits and pieces and spindles. Do you see the perfect pieces?
I grabbed a couple of choices. I ended up deciding to use the one on the left cut into two pieces.
Cut spindles on miter saw
Because I wanted the stands to vary in height, I moved the spindle to one side instead of cutting it in half on the compound miter saw.
I dug out some wooden round bases from my craft stash.
Sand & drill
After cutting the spindle, I sanded it, marked it and drilled the center. I placed the washer on the end to find center. It makes it easier for me to eyeball it. 🙂
I drilled the hole small so the threaded portion would fit very snug into the spindle. I inserted that into the lantern and replaced the nut to secure the light to the spindle.
How to countersink a screw
I drilled a very small hole for a screw, then used a larger bit to make a countersink hole so the screw would be inset.
Glue and screw spindle to base
I used very long 3” screws to attach the wooden base to the spindle.
In addition to the long screw—I also used Gorilla Wood Glue.
DIY Christmas lanterns from porch lights
We’re getting there! I removed all of the hardware that had been holding in the glass and the back plate. Aren’t the DIY Christmas Lanterns looking so cute?!
Do you spray paint in the rain?
It was a rainy day, so I spray painted the Christmas lanterns in the garage while standing by the back door. YES! I am an impatient DIY’er.
I laid these pieces on a scrap piece of foam insulation and held it while I spray painted the tops of the lanterns and the back plates.
It was time to clean the glass and put everything back together. At this point I’m starting to wish I didn’t have to give these away.
I picked up some items from The Dollar Tree to style the new DIY Christmas Lanterns. You can see their Seasonal Catalog by clicking that link.
It’s time to reveal who will be receiving these festive Christmas Lanterns made from porch lights! Jeanie from Create and Babble – I’m your secret Santa! I know that you will put your own spin on these lanterns, and make them shine in all their glory, maybe even on that beautiful DIY farmhouse table. They will be off to you as soon as I find a box!
This was a fun challenge. I’m excited to find out who MY secret Santa is. You can find out by visiting my friends’ posts below.
H2OBungalow - DIY Large Wooden Snowflake Create and Babble - Oversized Wooden Magnetic Christmas Ornament
This was a fun project, I love our monthly power tool challenge themes! Be sure to stop by tomorrow to see a new party I’ve put together with my blogger friends using Dollar Store items.
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Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.