Monday, April 16, 2012

Simple Re-Purposing

When replacing the light over our kitchen table I saved the glass lamp shades because I thought they could be used as pretty pots for flowers.
The shades have been in the garage all winter waiting for springtime to bring warmer weather and cheerful flowers.
I covered the bottom opening by inserting a coffee filter.  The ones I used are little circles from my coffee press and they fit just right.  You could cut a circle from regular filters - I would double up just to be sure the soil remains securely inside.  If you are careful to not over-water, a plastic sandwich bag would work too  and you wouldn't need a saucer for drips. 
Trailing ivy, Pothos or African Violet could be used if you want a houseplant rather that an annual.
 The saucers were made using discarded lids from jars.  I roughed up the surface and painted with acrylic paint giving the lids several coats for complete coverage.  When dried, I applied a coat of gloss clear acrylic sealer.
Pretty Pansies on Parade
Here is the new light... and it does have all five light bulbs now :)

71 comments:

Natasha @Bite and Sip said...

What a lovely idea to give lamp shades the second life! And the flowers look pretty in them, as they were meant to be there

Melanie said...

What a cute idea, I just love it! I have some that I saved, was looking for a use for them. Thanks for the insipiration!! Love your new fixture, so pretty!!

Walking on Sunshine... said...

Oh my WORD this is so SMART! AND I have lampshades just like this sitting in our garage! Thanks for the great idea, I'm stealing it!!! Quick question for you, what photo editing program do you use? You can email me on Facebook or leave a comment on my blog, whichever is easiest for you! Thanks Lorraine! Enjoy your day!

Susan said...

Awesome Idea! I have some light shades I have been saving to re- purpose. I am thinking about making candle stick holders with mine. But seeing this, I may borrow your idea!

Snap said...

You have the best ideas and you put them to work! YeeHaw!

Ms. Redo said...

Aren't you smart to come up with this idea - they look great! Love the yellow pansies, so bright and pretty.

Debbie said...

What a perfectly wonderful idea! So creative. I love the new blog look too. Have a good day!

Jeanette Levellie said...

How creative and pretty! Thanks for this great idea.

Kristin said...

Very pretty and creative!

Suzanne said...

Oh they are just darling! Don't the little yellow lids tie it all together:-) I 'd love to know what photo editing program you use too--I use Picnik and it is closing....boo hoo! Not sure what to use now that doesn't cost an arm and a leg. The new header looks wonderful!

Adrienne said...

What a great idea! I especially 'approve' of the color of the little lids that sit under your beautiful, little pots!
~Adrienne~

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Oh my goodness...and I have donated so many of those..that is just an awesome idea...I will surely remember that...great, great idea

Debbie said...

What a great idea and ...so beautiful! You are quite creative and I can learn so much from you.

blessings and love,
Debbie

Maple Lane said...

I love this idea and your photos are so pretty!

BECKY said...

How lovely Lorraine! And your blog looks soo pretty! Love that you used yellow flowers...so springy!

What a great idea! I'll see these when I'm thrifting all the time!!

Hope your week is fabulous!
Hugs,
Becky

LDH said...

I use Picnik for photo editing and will use it right up until it ends then I guess I will check out PicMonkey. I also use Photoshop occasionally.

Oh... change... especially when it was working so well!

Holly @ A Baker's House said...

Love this idea! You are so creative, the flowers look beautiful. Found you though Skip to my Lou this morning. Enjoy your day!
from Holly @ www.abakershouse.com

lindsey said...

Such a clever idea and so pretty!

Traci said...

What a great idea! I wish I would've thought of it when we replaced all the lights in our house!

Lemon Lane Cottage said...

Okay Lorraine, now this is definitely one of those why didn't I think of that moments. I am kicking myself for all the glass shades I have given to Goodwill. Such a cute parade of pansies!

Laurie said...

This is a great idea - I hope you put it on Pinterest!

Susan said...

Darling, darling, darling! Now why didn't I think of that? Great job! Susan

renee @ Singing With Birds said...

What a bright idea! Your display is adorable...

NanaDiana said...

What a cute idea. I just took a bunch of odds and ends of light shades to GW. Darn it! Where WERE you last week when I was wondering what I could do with them?;>) Love your chandy! xo Diana

Petra said...

I love your new look and the lovely idea.

Nezzy said...

...and what beautiful little flower pots they do make!!! Precious!

How very creative you are. I never would'a though of that but I just may steal your grand idea! Heeehehehe!

God bless ya and have yourself a glorious weekend sweetie!!! :o)

Kristi said...

What an absolutely ADORABLE idea. These are so smart. I just featured them on my FB page: http://www.facebook.com/ishouldbemoppingthefloor

So happy you linked up with us at Mop It Up Mondays! Have a great week!

{HUGS},
kristi

✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life said...

Very cute idea!!! I love your chandelier too.

Dee

janice15 said...

SUCH A FANTASTIC IDEA...THEY LOOK SO PRETTY...I HAVE SOME TOO AND NOW I KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH THEM PANSY'S ARE MY FAVORITE..JUST BOUGHT SOME MINI PURPLE ONE...HAPPY MONDAY WITH LOVE JANICE

Melissa Bo said...

Such a great idea! Very pretty flowers!
Have a great week!

~ Lisa ~ said...

How sweet and dainty these are. You are so very creative. I just love them. Thank you for sharing.

~ Lisa ~

chateau chic said...

These lamp shade pots are too cute!! They are so sweet and I love this idea.
I'm a new follower and hope you'll stop by.
Mary Alice

dollystar said...

I love that your tip recycling; fantastic!
was so exciting that I posted on my blog for all my readers may know the rich content of your page.
God bless you today and always
Dolly

http://maryamariah.blogspot.com

Maryann said...

Love, love this idea

Ann said...

what a great way to use the shades. They look so pretty and very unique. I love the new look of your blog too. Your header is adorable

La Vie Quotidienne said...

Great idea! And the pansies look adorable...so cute.

Natasha in Oz said...

Wow, what a brilliant idea! They look so pretty and how impressive that you repurposed them and didn't throw them away! I love it!

Best wishes for a beautiful week,
Natasha in Oz

Lee Caroline said...

What a great idea, I have actually just done a post myself on the use of reclaim timber for homeware, there are some beautiful items you can buy that are re-purposed from old peices of timber.

I love candles in pretty old tea cups and saucers, you know those odd china cups you see in the hospice shops or salvation army stores.

I have just found your blog through a blog hop and joined as your latest follower.

Lee

Karima said...

What a brilliant idea - love it! Just pinned this!

Just a little something from Judy said...

What a clever, beautiful way to recycle! Thanks so much for sharing it. I am so impressed with your creativity.

Shirley said...

This is so awesome. The flowers look so pretty in these made to be vases..and having so many really make them 'pop'..Very impressive.

Chubby Chieque said...

What a clever idea. Your really done it well, girl?

I love recycling. Thumbs Up for that.

Happy TTT.
/CC

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

What a wonderful idea! The shades-turned-flowerpots look vintage. I love recycling ideas.

Judy Bigg said...

Smart idea and your plants look lovely in them. Thanks for sharing.

Michele said...

That is such a creative and lovely idea!

Amanda said...

Great Idea! I love it!

Jennelise said...

Beautiful! They are so dainty as plant pots - what a lovely idea!
Jennelise

Jenny@daysofchalkandchocolate said...

Very clever and so sweet and feminine looking!

Donna said...

A great idea. They look wonderful.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

What a wonderful idea! They're such a pretty shape and so perfect for plants.

Claudine from CondensedLoveHome said...

What a GREAT IDEA!!!
I am a recent turned blogger and DIYer.. and LAST week we took down 2 light fixtures and I thought:I should KEEP the shades!!! But didn't!!
I wonder if they are still in the garbage can... lol!!!

Alderberry Hill said...

Oh my goodness, these are beautiful...so resourceful!


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Richella said...

Now this is awesome "recycling"! What a good idea--and what beautiful photographs you've taken! This is a lovely way to add a special touch. Thank you for sharing it at Grace at Home!

~ Tami said...

Great job and such a cute idea! I would love to invite you to link up at our Friday Block Party at Curb Alert!
http://tamicurbalert.blogspot.com/2012/04/friday-block-party-2.html
Thanks, Tami @ Curb Alert!

Diane said...

love this idea!

Amy said...

Wow! What a great idea; I never would have thought to do that, but they look just gorgeous! Now I want to pull the shades off my dining room fixture. ;) Thanks for the inspiration. I'd love for you to share it here if you have a minute:

http://oneartmama.blogspot.com/2012/04/shine-on-fridays-24-and-giveaway.html

Maria at inredningsvis.se said...

LOVELY PICS:) I really like your blog and will happily follow.
If you want some swedish decor inspiration, you can check out my blog:)
Have a great week.

LOVE Maria at inredningsvis.se
(Sweden)

Maria at inredningsvis.se said...

PS I dont see facebook or twitter to follow you by?

Kara at Petals to Picots said...

Wow!! These turned out to be perfect flower pots. Great idea. And I LOVE the name of your blog ... very nice. Thank you for sharing at my party! Have a great weekend :)

Mindie Hilton said...

Pretty little flower pots, great recycle project.

Theresa said...

What a great upcycle! They look so pretty... t.xoxo

Deana said...

Thanks so much for linking up this brilliant idea @CountryMommaCooks....have a wonderful Sunday:)

Paula {Salad in a Jar} said...

Oh Lorraine,
I just gave away some globes (and they were beautiful) because I had no idea what to do with them. Too bad I didn't see this in time.

Love your resourcefulness!

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

I love this idea, and how creative to upcycle something into somthing more beautiful. Really a brilliant idea that I will be using in my garden. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday's Best Par.tay. PS - I will be featuring this at Sunday's Best on Saturday!

Bethany @ A Fish Who Likes Flowers said...

This is a seriously genius idea! Thank you for sharing!

Six Sisters said...

Cute flower pots! We loved having you link up to our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." Please join us again next week! Thanks! -The Sisters

Rose Jesky said...

I can't wait to plant some flowers, I'm moving this weekend ans I'm so excited to get to work decorating and planting in the new house. Thanks for sharing this great idea with us at The Sunday Round Up.
Rose
@ http://www.arosiesweethome.com/

Sherry said...

Fantastic! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
Sherry

Kara at Petals to Picots said...

Just wanted to let you know that I am featuring your repurposed fixtures this week at my I Love Fridays link party. Feel free to drop by and grab a featured button :) Congrats!!

Maria Elena said...

Oh, what a beautiful idea! I have a box full of these fixtures in my garage! So creative!!!

Handcrafted Pretty said...

So pretty I wanted to link this for my readers, here:

http://handcraftedpretty.blogspot.com/2012/05/how-does-your-garden-grow-recycle.html

TY!

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