Twelve years ago, I found an old porch light at an estate auction.  I knew instantly that I wanted to make a birdhouse out of it.  I had a stack of old tiles, and it just worked.  The house with the chipmunk on top is the one that I made twelve years ago.  It has been hanging in my backyard ever since.  Wisconsin Winters to Wisconsin Summers, year after year and it still looks great.

The one I made for purposes of this Instructable is the green one.  I found the fixture on Ebay after a search for hanging porch light, swag light, porch lantern.

However, I have made many of these birdhouses and have found these old lights at Goodwill to garage sales.  Just keep your eyes open.


Really nice! Wow! We just made one, but not so elegant. Of course, there were little fingers involved, so elegant isn't on the agenda for a few years.

May have to make one of these...

bagnitsch1 year ago

Ohh super cute !

Mielameri1 year ago
Love the idea, and love the pictures!
jmwells1 year ago
Only your cat hates it. Being out of reach.
cdawisconsin (author)  jmwells1 year ago

I noticed drool on the window today =)

? hahaha.
sunshiine1 year ago

What a clever idea! Thanks for sharing!


cdawisconsin (author)  sunshiine1 year ago

Thank you.

Looks wonderful! Using flooring tiles has given me some ideas. Thanks!

cdawisconsin (author)  MartinMakes1 year ago

They are very easy to work with and are completely waterproof. Thanks.

ChrysN1 year ago

That is so pretty!

cdawisconsin (author)  ChrysN1 year ago

Thank you.

kbuechel1 year ago
Soo elegant , love :)
cdawisconsin (author)  kbuechel1 year ago

Thank you.

This is such a brilliant Idea :). Thank you so much for sharing.

cdawisconsin (author)  Tarun Upadhyaya1 year ago

Thank you.

thehbird1 year ago
Love it so elegant and slightly narnian
cdawisconsin (author)  thehbird1 year ago

Thank you =)