Upcycled Owl Nightlight

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We’re back with another round of #knockoutknockoffs, and this week our DIY inspiration came from the shop, Land of Nod.

In case you’re new here, I teamed up with 5 super creative bloggers to share a DIY project inspired from a specific store we love. We will post a new project on the first Monday of the month from now until August. You can view the first round here, where I shared my Modern Rustic Wall Hangings inspired by Anthropologie.


I’ve always been a fan of the whimsical and playful decor they offer at Land of Nod, but not having kids made this project a little more challenging. I’m also finding myself being a little pickier with projects now that I know we will have to eventually downsize for our RV road-trip adventures, and didn’t want to make something just for the sake of making it.

However, as soon as I came across this owl nightlight I was instantly inspired.


DIY Upcycled Owl Nightlight

You see, I sorta went through this owl phase a couple of years ago and this nightlight reminded me of a metal owl I had purchased at HomeGoods during that time {which was now sitting patiently in a storage bin}.

How to Make an Owl Nightlight - Before Photo |

I figured that the holes that went through the metal would be perfect for light to shine through.

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Since I had just about everything I needed, all I had to purchase was some white spray paint and some battery operated lights, and both were purchased with coupons making this project cost less than $10, woo-hoo!

The first thing I did was remove the felt from the bottom of the owl, which to my surprise had the perfect size holes underneath for me to feed the string lights through, yay! I did have to clean some of the gunky glue off but that was the most labor-intensive part of this project.

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I then lightly sanded the owl to make it easier for the paint to stick, and then spray painted a couple of coats of white paint, making sure to do thin even coats and letting it dry in between.  Of course, you could jazz it up a bit by adding a splash of color or even do a fun ombre or dip-dyed paint job.

Afterward, I sprayed it with a quick coat of clear sealer. Then once the owl was dry I fed the battery operated string lights through one of the holes at the bottom, closed it off with 2 furniture feet and called it a day!


How to Make an Owl Nightlight |

How to Make an Owl Nightlight |

Here is what our DIY upcycled owl nightlight looks like with the lights turned off:

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And here it is with the lights turned on:

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Talk about easy peasy, and now I have a new quirky DIY upcycled owl nightlight that requires no electricity 🙂

You could even use indoor/outdoor battery lights or solar lights to create a cute side lamp for your porch or patio.

See how easy it is to create this DIY Upcycled Owl Nightlight using battery operated string lights!

You can see how the switch for the lights is still on the outside, which makes it easy to turn them on or off.

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So what do you think of our DIY upcycled owl nightlight?

See how easy it is to create this DIY Upcycled Owl Nightlight using battery operated string lights!

I understand that not everyone will have this same owl sitting around to replicate this project, but I hope to inspire you to re-imagine items you may already have.

So if your feeling thrifty and inventive, don’t forget to re-visit some of your forgotten treasures, which like my owl, maybe sitting in the attic or in a storage bin on a shelf in the garage.

See how easy it is to create this DIY Upcycled Owl Nightlight using battery operated string lights!

Don’t forget to check out the additional projects inspired by Land of Nod below!

See how easy it is to create this DIY Upcycled Owl Nightlight using battery operated string lights!

 DIY Colorful Painted Lamp Shade | Delineate Your Dwelling

DIY Monogram Wall Art | Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body

DIY Modern Floor Lamp | Bigger than the Three of Us

DIY Nautical Flag Banner | The Gathered Home

DIY Monogrammed Initial Pillow | Brave New Home

Have you saved that old treasure from storage? If so, I’d love to hear about it.

Thanks for stopping by!


  • Love it! And so clever to just add a battery pack for the light. Adorable!

    June 1, 2015
  • No way – that owl was just perfect for this project! It pay to hang onto things! 😀 I love those little battery powered string lights – I’m definitely filing them away for future project ideas!

    June 1, 2015
  • Genius! Gotta get some of those string lights!

    June 2, 2015
  • What a great idea! Never would have thought about creating a light like that. Thanks for sharing!

    June 7, 2015
  • I love owls and this is such an easy project to do. I’ll have to keep my eye out for a large owl to do this with.

    June 17, 2015

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