Firefly Lights by Upcycling a Brass Pendant Light

Firefly Lights by Upcycling a Brass Pendant Light

Upcycling vintage light fixtures is a common theme on my blog and this particular project was inspired by the trendy shop, Anthropologie. After seeing their metalwork hurricanes online, I realized how much they resembled a brass chandelier or brass pendant light from Habitat ReStore. That’s when I decided I needed to repurpose one into a copper lantern that held firefly lights.

First and foremost, these are the Anthro metalwork hurricanes I mentioned:

Metalwork hurricane at Anthropologie as inspiration for copper light fixture or copper lantern by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Anthro inspo…

And this is the kind of brass chandelier or brass pendant light I’m referring to. Of course, this is the whole enchilada and I just wanted the metal and glass light cover- but you get the drift!

Typical brass chandelier or brass pendant light at Habitat ReStore for upcycling into trendy decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

A pretty common sight…

But as luck would have it, I finally found the perfect brass pendant light (cover only) that could house my firefly lights!

Brass chandelier or brass pendant light into hurricane lamp for firefly lights by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Let’s do some upcycling!

And so here we are- recreating Anthro’s original idea, the secondhand and Sadie Seasongoods way. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Upcycling a Brass Chandelier into a Copper Lantern

One of the things I loved about Anthro’s hurricanes was that they were rose-gold in color. I figured I could probably recreate it- at least somewhat- with some copper spray paint. So, I grabbed some painter’s tape (my favorite kind!), my trusty old utility knife, and taped off the outside glass panes.

Transforming a brass chandelier or brass pendant light into a copper light fixture or copper lantern by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Preppin’ for paint…

Inside my brass chandelier / brass pendant light, I put little pieces of tape over the holes on the top (light cover) or bottom (hurricane), depending on how you look at it!

Using painters tape to update a brass chandelier from Habitat ReStore into a copper light fixture for hurricane lamp by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Covered up holes…

And I also applied one strip of tape to the inside glass, right along the open lip.

Spray painting a brass pendant light to become a copper lantern or hurricane lamp for outdoor lighting by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

And a small bit of tape on the inside- just at the very top.

Now, I was almost ready to spray paint my brass chandelier to transform it into a copper light fixture or copper lantern! But wait- how to block the paint from getting on the inside glass but still allowing paint coverage on the top of the open lip? Hmmmm…

So, I decided on a very technical, very precise method…using a BALLOON!

It’s crazy! But it also worked- with the addition of a torn up paper towel rolled and tucked into each corner of the hexagon…it absolutely prohibited the first coat of metal primer from getting inside my hurricane lamp.

Using a balloon to help spray paint a brass chandelier or brass pendant light to transform into a copper lantern by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I’m like a McGuyver for crafts…

Here’s a close up photo so you can see how it blocked the primer (and then the copper spray paint) from getting inside my brass chandelier / brass pendant light.

Transforming a brass chandelier from thrift store into a copper lantern or hurricane lamp for patio lighting by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Love it when my crazy ideas work out beautifully.

And then the Rust-Oleum copper spray paint (kinda, sorta rose-goldish) over the metal primer turned my brass pendant light into a copper lantern! Almost ready to add my firefly lights to my hurricane lamp…

Copper light fixture or copper lantern by upcycling a brass pendant light or brass chandelier by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Copper > Brass

For my firefly lights, I used these awesome little LED lights- teeny tiny lights on copper wire…quite literally, the perfect match for my hurricane lamp / copper lantern.

LED dewdrop lights inside copper lantern or hurricane lamp for firefly lights by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

A match made in DIY heaven.

The Reveal – Hurricane Lamp / Copper Lantern with Firefly Lights

And then it was time to see my upcycled brass chandelier come to life as a copper lantern with my firefly lights. Here it is as dusk with just a smidge of light left…

How to make a firefly lights inside a copper lantern or hurricane lamp by upcycling a brass chandelier by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Oooh…

And then at night! Aren’t my firefly lights in a copper lantern or hurricane lamp pretty? Perfect for patio decor, deck decor, etc.

Firefly lights inside copper lantern for patio decor from upcycled brass chandelier or brass pendant light by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ahhh!

I don’t know about you, but I’d call this a success! I just LOVE how it looks- day and night- and what a great way to reuse an outdated light fixture cover. But I do promise I’ll go back to original ideas in my next post…

Interested in more upcycling projects like this one? Be sure to scroll through more of my repurposed projects here before you go!

Craft on!

S

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Comments

  1. Wow, it’s just like the one in the catalog and about a tenth of the price…you go girl!

  2. Love this!!! I am now on the hunt for a similar light fixture.

  3. Love it. So cute. I am not craft mind but appreciate what others do.

  4. Love that balloon idea. I need to use it for a project of my own. Pinning and sharing.

    • Thank you, my friend! It’s crazy but it works like a charm. And with this particular project, I could push it back in to the fixture when I flipped it over to paint the bottom…and then gently tugged it back up again. It’s pretty darn smart, if I do say so myself. 😉

  5. ♥ You are so clever!!!

  6. frugalcleanandgreen says:

    That is so pretty. I didn’t know there were tiny leds like that. Those are just what I need to do a project with a Mason jar and accessories that I won when I first started blogging a year ago. (Different blog than what I have now) Saying “HI!” from This Is How We Roll
    Kristine 🙂

  7. Love the lights where on earth did you find them at ?

  8. Sarah you clever and crafty girl! What an absolute delight this post is!!! Thank you so very much for joining the gathering at Thoughts of Home on Thursday.

  9. Clap clap clap clap clap clap

  10. Awesome job! Visiting you from Vintage Charm.

  11. I call it success too – clapping hands over here! I love your clever MacGyver, would have never thought to use a balloon. If one didn’t know, you’d think you bought yours at Anthropologie.

  12. Love this idea!!

  13. I love this, it looks magical!

  14. Awesome project! I’ve seen fixtures like that before and always gave them a pass. I might have to pick one up next time. I especially love the way it looks with your tiny light string inside.

  15. Sarah, this is beautiful! I love that new color and it looks so great all little up. Great save!

  16. This looks really cool! I love ideas like this!

  17. A balloon? How brilliant! Love this!!!

  18. Absolutely beautiful! I am confused on the balloon part though haha. Maybe I will have to reread this once my mind is not occupied at work 🙂

  19. I love the repurpose! It looks super and oh wow, perfect in the garden! Thank you so much for sharing at Sweet Inspiration #3 Sarah! Have a lovely weekend!

  20. GORGEOUS!!!! What a fun upcycle. That lamp is whispering “thank you” for saving it from its brassy look. I love the ReStore, too. So many random things under one roof.

  21. It is just magical! Great work!

  22. Wow, this turned out just like the ones from Anthropology. My wife would love it.

  23. This looks wonderful. I was wondering though on how you hid the battery pack?

    • Remember the holes that I taped over early in the tutorial? I threaded my lights through the center hole and the tiny battery pack is hidden outside of it! I just love these lights. 🙂

  24. Kathy Drew says:

    I don’t see a cord for the lights. Are they electric or battery?

    • They are battery-powered. Remember the holes that I taped over early in the tutorial? I threaded my lights through the center hole and the tiny battery pack is hidden outside of it! I just love these lights. 🙂

  25. So cute, I love the look of those little lights. You did a great job.

  26. Christina in FL says:

    Sarah, it looks like a beautiful collection of fireflies. I adore your creative use of a balloon ~ brilliant!
    As for Habitat for Humanity ReStore … where I am in FL, they have “resale” shops (which are just like a thrift store and high prices) and the other construction stores which have a sad selection.

  27. It’s official, I’m in love with this project You did a beautiful job on the project and tutorial. Thank you so much for sharing at Vintage Charm.

  28. Karen cook says:

    Love your finished project. Will be on Amazon tomorrow to order the lights. Beautiful!

  29. This is so much fun! Great job, Miss Sarah. You are one smart redoer. Is that a word? 🙂

    Happy Thoughts of Home.

  30. What a cool upcycle, and how clever are you to use a balloon to block the opening?!! Love this project. Thanks for sharing! Cynthia

  31. Aren’t you clever? What a great idea and on a budget too. Thanks for sharing at DI&DI.

  32. How beautiful! You did an amazing job!

  33. You are my hero!

  34. Love the idea you have for repainting the brass.

  35. I simply adore it! It looks like fireflies in jar.

  36. This is an absolutely gorgeous project! I love everything about it. What a genius idea to use a light! Thanks for sharing with us at Merry Monday this week!

  37. This is absolutely beautiful! One of my favorite things to do is up-cycle decor for our house! This is a stunning DIY job! 🙂

  38. Wow! What an amazing transformation! I am not a big “hack” person either, but you really did a fantastic job with this one, and I can’t believe it was just $3 for the base you started with. The balloon trick…very creative! I have pinned this one and really appreciate you sharing it over at Celebrate Your Story!

  39. Sarah, This is one of those repurpose ideas that make people go – hey, why didn’t I think of that? Love it. Thanks for sharing with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday!
    Laurie

  40. This is GORGEOUS, well done!

  41. Pinned and shared! This is an absolutely amazing piece, thanks for sharing!

    I would love it if you would share this at my weekly linky party : )

    http://www.twentysomethinginthe2010s.com/peace-love-linkup-004/

  42. Oh my GOODNESS!!! This is beyond amazing. Truly. I want to go thrifting NOW to find my own ugly brass light fixture so I can transform it into this! Simply stunning. Great job! 😀

  43. That is beautiful. I want to make one. The balloon was brilliant – I appreciate that you shared that.

  44. OH my goodness…this is SO neat!

    I would LOVE for you to share this with my Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  45. Christine @ Must Love Home says:

    Loved your project!!You have been Pinned, Tweeted and Posted to facebook! Congratulations -Your post will be featured this week at the Friday Favorites Link Party. The party goes LIVE on Thursdays at 7PM at mustlovehome.com I hope to see your there! Hugs – Christine at Must Love Home PS If you have a moment, please stop by our Wonderful Wednesday party to link up your post and enter our $40 PayPal Cash Giveaway!

  46. Love hour your DIY hurricane turned out. Thanks for sharing at the #InspirationSpotlight Pinned & shared. See you again soon!

  47. natashalh says:

    Great tip about the balloon and paper towels! Pinning. =)

  48. Yesss! This totally kicks butt. Basically my favorite Anthro inspired makeover ever. Gotta keep my eyes open for those old brass lights!

  49. Sarah!!! You have gone and done it again! Just brilliant! I see these fixtures all the time! I love the balloon idea! I’ve got to try this! Pinning! Thanks for linking up at Funtastic Friday!

  50. So pretty! Thanks for sharing at Creative Ways Link Party.

  51. this is so cool! thanks for sharing 🙂 pinned it!

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  52. Wow, what a transformation! I love it. I love the Restore too but I would probably have passed right by that light because of the gold! How pretty to have that at night.

  53. I love your hurricane! It’s been picked as a feature this week at Craft Frenzy Friday on Mom Home Guide!

  54. Sarah, this lantern is completely insane! I’ll take 12… seriously cool! Featured you on Party Junk this weekend. 🙂

    • Ya know…I wouldn’t mind a few more of them myself! Can you imagine hosting a midsummer night’s dinner party, with one of these on each table? Of course, I don’t want to deal with all that work, so I’d rather just ATTEND a party like that…but I could supply the lights. 😉 Thank you!! (for everything) and See you soon!

  55. I am so looking forward to your DIY show! Honestly I don’t think I would have lasted past the taping stage. This is beautiful and it’s a great addition to our line up at Celebrate Your Story.

  56. Just found your site! Love it and will share lots of your ideas! Enjoy your creative day! ~ Vickie

  57. What a fantastic trick with that balloon! Thanks so much for sharing!

  58. Crystal @whattreasuresawait says:

    I just love it when those thrifted treasures finally find their purpose…this turned out great! Thanks for sharing at Welcome Home Wednesdays. I always enjoy your posts!!

  59. Good Morning!! I wanted to stop by and let you know that your post has been selected as a Feature for the Welcome Home Wednesdays Link Party!! Stop by this morning to see you post linked up and to grab your Featured Button too! ~Lisa~

  60. But, what happened to the red bandana site?

  61. Melissa says:

    Hi there. Any tips on how to get the lights to stay in place and not all fall to the bottom? I got two strands, and I’m having a hard time getting them to stay towards the top.

    • Hmmm- with mine, the copper wire is stiff enough that they just kind of stay “up” on their own. I straightened them out before pushing into my lantern, maybe that would help?

  62. Althea Bennett says:

    Hi Sadie, I just found your website and don’t know how I got here….via, via, via…and here you are! Oh, I just looked back and your blog came to my email via “Hometalk.” Yes!!
    This Hurricane Lamp is gorgeous and I think I can do this. Thank you for “all the clear” steps in making your items including your pictures and links. Looks like I’ll be here awhile……..:)

  63. Such a creative project. Your lantern looks like s thousand fireflies. So pretty. Thanks for sharing at Your Inspired Design Link Party.

  64. Turned out great! Love it!!!

  65. Fabulous work!

  66. I love this – gotta try it! Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party-and don’t forget to leave a comment at the party – Next week’s features that also leave a comment get pinned and tweeted!

  67. This project is amazing! Such a simple yet brilliant idea! Thanks for sharing on Family Joy Blog Link-up Party. Have a great week!

  68. Grace Edmonson says:

    Awesome!!! I love the simplicity and beauty!

  69. I will never look at fixtures at Habitat ReStore the same again. I see soooo much possibility with their many glass fixtures.

  70. beautiful! where did you hide the battery?

  71. Sherrie DeBerry Rogers says:

    What exact lights did you use and can you get the hurricane fixture from Home Depot or lowes I think I may have answered my own question is it sadiesseasongoods.com

  72. How pretty! LOVE how it turned out! I’m not fawn of brass so I’m glad that you painted it copper instead. <3

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