Clever Light Fixture ideas you can do…
Shopping at thrift shops is loads of fun when you spot lighting finds like these. These and other lamps and lanterns are the beginnings of brilliant recycled lights for the garden. Some make use of collections and are portable and we’ll show you how to do it all.
Cindy Sullivan collected a few lamp parts and then found this treasure, the golden globe of a 19602 style table lamp. She adding a string of lights and used the parts to create the top.
Cindy Sullivan’s 60s lamp gets a new life
Cindy says, ”We re-purpose lights and globes all the time to create unique fixtures. We found this amazing base, took a finial from another light and filled the globe with Christmas white lights…voila!”
Lantern chandelier was designed with an old mining theme
Nine old mining lanterns were used in this hanging light fixture found at a cabin in Shaver Lake, California. This part of the state has a rich mining history, so the homeowners used their amazing collection of lanterns, set them on a 12x 30″ rusty grate and hid the wiring underneath. Four huge bolt hold the chains on each corner. This is great for indoors or out. The colors of the lanterns are the best thing about this rustic chandelier.
Now for a simpler project…
Nancy Carter sparkled up her porch light with glass gems
Nancy Carter says, “This light was made with a wall hung light fixture, glass gems and battery timer string lights.” Simple!
Carol Dial used lamp parts and a stake to make her garden accent
Carol Dial tells us “My Dear created this for me from our hanging lamp. He is looking for a solar to make it light at night. I am enjoying it just the way it is.”
Look for these globe lights, easily found at thrift shops
If you find it hard to find these discarded globe lights, it’s because Flea Market Gardeners around the country have been snapping them up! Luckily they are plentiful and so versatile for use in the garden. Here are some easy ways to use them!
Popping the top of a solar cell on each globe and hanging them in a tree is one special way to display them.
Jeanne Sammons’s light in the ‘pines’
Jeanne Sammons explains,“My globe solar light is hung in the tamarack tree just out from the porch garden where we can see it in Winter and where the birds enjoy a feeder and waterer. We recycled an amber ceiling fan light globe, added top of a solar stake light, painting the edges with a black permanent marker, some old black chain and ta-da … globe lights!”
When the solar cells light at night, the sparkle on Marie’s hanging lights is amazing!
How to attach the chain and ring
Hanging Globe Light How To
Marie Niemann shows how to attach the chain. You need slender metal chain, a 1inch metal ring, one solar light and needle nosed pliers, that’s all!
- First cut a chain to fit tightly around the lip of the globe and join it with needle nosed pliers.
- Then cut three long chains and attach them to this circle at evenly spaced intervals.
- At the top, attach the three long chains to a metal ring to create a hanger.
- Remove the stake from the solar light and simply pop it on top!
Marie Nieman’s ‘collector’ lamp shade,…a prize!
Carrol Dahl made stakes from recycled ceiling fan lights
Discarded chandelier and fan lights or bathroom vanity light shades can also be used in the garden. Carrol Dahl says, “I found these discarded hanging lights at a second hand store and my husband removed all of the wires and welded on some supports to stand. I love the way they match our shutters.”
Three chandelier ideas…
Billie Hayman added bright color for immediate attention grabbing!
Billie Hayman chose a favorite bold color to brighten up a drab recycled chandelier. The spray paint brings out all the frilly detail.
Lisa Burns’s teacup chandelier
Lisa Burns tells us,“My chandelier is an old solar light turned upside down with added teapot and teacups to create a birdfeeder planter.”
Theresa Jones added black solar lights to a simple chandelier
Theresa Jones says, “My solar chandelier at dusk. Another project idea I got from your page! Was an ugly gold from Habitat Restore, painted to match gazebo and glued on $1 solar lights.”
Like blue? Nancy does, too!
Nancy K. Meyer found this simple iron fixture and added her signature touch. She says, “My new chandelier, all blinged up.”
Have an old pole lamp? Becky Norris says, “I made this planter out of an old stand lamp by upturning the metal shade and adding a glass globe upside down to hold my former hanging basket. I added some vinyl stars to the shade to help it blend into my red, white and blue area of my garden.”
Becky Norris’s topsy turvy pole lamp