Porch season might be over for you if you live north of the Mason-Dixon line (wink). My recent porch changes (Warming Up a Back Porch for Fall and Winter) prepared us for using our porch in these cooler evenings and mornings.
I couldn’t wait to share this light DIY with you in case you’re still enjoying porch time in the evenings. We southern dwellers might enjoy our porch even on Christmas eve! We never know.
The inspiration for my porch light came while perusing some shops on our summer beach trip in August. Different, yes?
I downloaded a bird pattern but decided to skip that part. (For now, anyway.)
Here’s the process for making the shade (which isn’t a shade at all, right?).
Gather fairly long scraps of fabric and choose your colors. Tear one-inch strips in long lengths. I have one started here for you to see.
Wrap one loop around a wire near a joint and place a dot of hot glue between fabric layers. Continue wrapping around the wire, stopping occasionally to place a dot of hot glue under the strip.
Continue wrapping to the end of that strip, then begin another strip over it. At joints, just wrap around the joint and keep going.
I promise, this is the easiest thing in the world to do. It’s mindless, so it relaxes you. What a productive way to de-stress! 🙂
Change to a different color at joints of the wire stems.
I get really jazzed by easy projects like this! Do you?
For the bulb attachment, I bought a lamp light kit. Our Lowe’s only had the kind with the harp in the package. But, it worked fine.
I only learned recently that they make these yellow lights to repel bugs. Am I the last one on earth to know this?
I also thought to pick up a package of extenders in various sizes since I didn’t know exactly how the kit would fit on my shade. I’m glad I thought of that..really came in handy.
It’s very similar to Wiring a Lamp Socket 101, but you don’t need all the parts in the package with the harp.
Remember, everything is reverse from a regular shade. This is upside-down from a lamp base.
The top piece won’t fit flush against the next lamp piece (the base of the socket), so go to your garage and dig for a few washer thingies and such to fill the gap of your extender post. (The various sizes are in the package of threaded pipe pieces.)
Anywho, when you get all your connections pieced together to your satisfaction, thread the wire through there and wire the socket just like I did in my post Wiring a Lamp Socket 101. Screw in your light bulb.
Then plug ‘er in and see how she works!
There! Wasn’t that fun?
Do you need a porch bug light? Are you adding this to your winter porch project list?
I’m sharing this post at Metamorphosis Monday.