Hanging Planter Instructions/Economy In Writing

My friend Dwija is redoing her master bedroom.  Currently in her bedroom, the light fixture looks like this:

And while for some reason she doesn’t foresee herself keeping that particular light in the finished version of her room, she doesn’t have to chuck the whole thing.

Oh no.  With a few simple materials and about 20 minutes of time, she can have three hanging planters that will not only remind her of the good times she shared with the old ceiling light, but also make her feel good about reducing, reusing, and recycling things at hand.

Plus, I just made one of these suckers, and can knock out today’s blog post writing about it.

So you remember these kitchen lights, right?

And you remember how long they sat around in the garage before they got installed?  Well, as shocking as it may seem, casually storing opened items in our garage is not actually the best way to keep all the pieces together.  Turns out that when stored in such an environment, tiny, inconsequential-seeming plastic rings will get lost, thus rendering the globe impossible to install.  


So when that happens, someone has to go out and see if inconsequential-seeming plastic rings are available for purchase (they aren’t).  Then someone has to go out and buy the cheapest glass light shade available, just to harvest the plastic ring.  Then someone has to very firmly tell his spouse that yes, he does think it stealing to now return the light shade-minus-the-plastic-ring and he’s not going to haul himself to confession for a stupid lamp shade part, and his spouse is just going to have to figure out something to do with the remaining glass shade.

So now I’m left with something like this:

and Ken suggests that I turn it into a hanging planter.  
I’m not kidding you, that man is a treasure.  

So I assembled the necessary objects:
Aluminum wire, copper color (yes, I realize I completely mangled the word “aluminum” in the above picture), wire cutters, a rock, and a bag of spanish moss.  Total cost for the wire and moss, $7.  I already had soil and a plant, so I didn’t need to add that into the tally.

All you need to do is put the rock in the bottom of the lamp shade so it covers the hole, pack moss around it to fill any gaps, and slap your plant in there.  Then you wrap the wire around the wide part of the glass and make a handle in whatever length you want it for your window.  

Then you realize the balance of your wire placement is totally off, and the planter keeps tipping when you try to hang it, so you shove the whole thing at your husband who re-wraps the wire and hanger in a way that ensures it won’t spill.

When it’s done, you’ve got this:
And you’ll find yourself suddenly envious of your friend with the fancy light fixture, since she’ll have THREE shades to turn into planters, and you’ll now have to add that to the list of items to be on the lookout for when garage sale season starts back up.

There it is- how you turn unwanted glass light shades into something nice.
And by “you”, I really mean “Ken, who came up with the idea, fixed my messy attempt at executing the idea, and hung it up for me”.


  1. says

    Aaawwwwwwesoooommmeee. Seriously, that is nifty.

    Which ties into the fact that I am considering creating a Pinterest-inspired craft-o-the-week on my blog.

    And I am about to repin this there, bwahahaha!

  2. says

    So smart. Y’all are SO SMART. I’ll have to paint mine before I can hang them because I got all feisty with the roller while I was doing the ceiling and may have gotten a teensy tiny bit of paint (all over) at least two of them.

    I have some red from when we did the front door somewhere I think. That would look great!

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