Upcycling Inspiration for Repurposed Light Fixtures

Upcycling Inspiration for Repurposed Light Fixtures

Vintage light fixtures are a source of constant upcycling inspiration for me. Whether a glass globe, swag chandelier, porch light, or otherwise, there are endless repurposing possibilities for them. And if you have a Habitat ReStore nearby, then you know there are a TON of future repurposed light fixtures just waiting to be found in their store.

I’ve typically gravitated towards ceiling light covers, light globes, and ceiling lights for my collection of projects. But that’s not to say I haven’t eyeballed the other options as well.

For instance, this Halloween Moon Light from an old light globe is an all-time favorite Halloween project of mine.

Halloween moon and witch decor from a glass globe light fixture

And this lantern for firefly lights from a 1980s brass pendant light is a favorite project, as well.

Firefly lantern with a brass light as upcycled lighting

But trust me when I say, however, that I’m not ruling out ANY future projects for other types of vintage light fixtures. In fact, I JUST created a new one- this pilgrim hat craft that I made from recessed lighting trim.

pilgrim hat craft from a light baffle

Speaking of holiday projects, I’ve done summer ones with old light fixtures, too. Such as this DIY Liberty Bell that started as a glass light shade

liberty bell replica from a glass light shade

If you’re ever wondered what to do with old light fixtures or perhaps an old chandelier, then maybe I can help.  I’ve gathered some of the best upcycling ideas for vintage light globes and old fixtures to rev up your creative juices.

bird cage decor with cage light covers

From holiday crafts to year-round decor, there is bound to be something that sparks your repurposing imagination!

30+ Upcycling Ideas for Vintage Light Fixtures

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Well, did anything spark your curiosity and cause you to head out to Habitat ReStore? As soon as we moved to Charlotte, NC, I found the perfect light fixture to reimagine as this antique diving helmet.

Antique diving helmet from recessed light housing

Or conversely, have you upcycled any vintage light fixtures into something completely different that isn’t represented here? I’d love to hear about it or see a photo of your project!

Especially if you can’t even tell that it STARTED as a light fixture- like this little beehive that I made.

bee decor from the thrift store

Because when I say “the possibilities are endless” with repurposed light fixtures, I am NOT kidding!

Winter snow globes in jelly jar light fixtures

And, along the same lines of repurposed light fixtures, check out these DIY Christmas Ornaments I made from switch plate covers! Yet another fun project from the aisles of Habitat ReStore.

Christmas ornament crafting with switchplate covers

Craft on!


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Sarah Ramberg is the owner of Sadie Seasongoods, a website that celebrates all things secondhand. From upcycling ideas and thrifted decor to vintage-centric travel itineraries, Sadie Seasongoods is a one-stop shop for anyone who loves thrifting and approachable repurposing ideas. Sarah is also the author of “Crafting with Flannel” and has been featured in numerous media outlets and magazines.


  1. Awesome projects! I need to check out our local Habitat thrift shop, I haven’t been in there in quite a while.

  2. Thank you so much for including my upcycled light fixture candle in your roundup! There are so many great ideas here!

  3. Josée Paquin says

    I love the idea that I saw, thank you very much.

  4. Leanna Wilson says

    Awesome up cycles!!!! I manage a Habitat ReStore in Arlington TX!!!!! I love that you mention us in general! Great for all you crafty folks, great for the environment and great for Habitats mission! Win-win-win!! I would love to share this on our page!!!! So awesome! You rock!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      I’m a big fan of Habitat ReStore- in any town! I’m so glad you found my blog, Leanna- I use habitat finds for a lot of my projects!

  5. Excellent ideas, especially the candle one, just love this.

  6. Gayle Mcmurrian says

    I am 80 yrs old and still creating. You have set sparks in my head. Thanks for the insperation.


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