Repurposed Ceiling Fan or Chandelier Lamp Shades

4 Materials
1 Hour

Got an old ceiling fan that needs replacing? Or a chandelier that needs updating? Don't throw it all out - repurpose it into solar lights! If you don't have any that need replacing, don't worry. You can easily find the lamp shades at your local thrift store for about $1 a piece.

You will need some glass lamp shades, the same amount of solar lights and some wire for hanging your lights. I used the cheap $1 ones you can find at walmart or the dollar store and they fit perfectly.
The only part of the solar light that you need is the top half - you don't need the stake or the post, but save it just it case you can repurpose that ;)

This step is optional, but I wanted to add a little bit of color to my lights. I tape off the top of the solar light with some painters tape and painted the top of my lights white. I also had some leftover seaglass spray paint so I gave my lamp shades a quick coat of the green seaglass color just to give it a little touch of something more.
Then take your wire and wrap it around the top part of your lamp shade. They usually have a bit of a grove on the top so that you can wrap the wire around nicely without it falling off. Make sure you also leave a loop in your wire so that you can hang your lamp shade.

Once you have your wire on, you just need to set your solar light on top of your shade. You can use some E6000 glue or some caulk to hold it in place if you need to. I leave mine to sit freely and they've never fallen off, plus this way I can easily replace the light if I need to.
Then use some sheperds hooks or hang them up however you choose! I placed about 4 of them along a little walkway through my garden and they light up so nicely at night and leave a nice glow on the ground as well.

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  • Kimberly Montgomery
    on Jan 22, 2018

    If you were to set the lights using glue, couldn't you use an exacto knife to cut it should you need to replace the light itself? We get EXTREME winds here frequently and I know the lights would be flying off if they weren't attached.
    • Beth Cain
      on Sep 14, 2018

      You could also use white (or colored or patterned) duct tape.

  • Suzy3a
    on Jan 23, 2018

    I wonder how these would work attaching them to our deck posts?
  • Dot
    on Feb 3, 2018

    Did you use "stick" solar lights or the post type as shown in the "materials needed" section?
    • Jennifer | CrazyDiyMom
      on Feb 3, 2018

      Don't go according to the material links. Those are ads placed in the posts. I used the ones that I have pictures. The cheap $1 ones. :)

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  • Sheri Farley
    on Feb 5, 2019

    Absolutely gorgeous! Just got myself a she shed I’ll make them and hang them around outside thanks for sharing!

  • E95656
    on May 9, 2020

    So pretty!

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