Part two: Hanging lamps
We all have seen these old out of date light fixtures,..mostly in thrift shops and at yard sales. Now you can see what can be done with them by these creative folks! Catch up on Part One: Sensational recycled solar lights in the garden
Sonia Kirk says, ”I turned an old unused light fixture into a planter and candle holder for a unique outdoor fixture. I actually bought it at a garage sale many years ago. Instead of painting it I’m just going to let it rust.
The glass shades are removable and I left the bulb holders in place in case I want to replace the plants with taper candles for more light. I’ve wanted to do this for awhile and finally finished it. I can’t wait to set our patio table and dine in the candlelight!
I’m new to your page and enjoy the ideas so much and especially love looking through the albums!”
Kirk Willis tells us, “A treble light cage, a Bud blue bottle, and a hummingbird feeder tube…put it all together and it’s a hummingbird feeder. Thank you, Marie Niemann, for inspiring me in creating this…”
Jeanie Merritt says, “This is my newest yard sale find…an old glass light fixture. I propped it up so you could see one of the 3 holes that are already made into the glass.
I wasn’t sure how to hang it until my friend , Marie Niemann, used this method of hanging with an old oil funnel. I strung equal lengths of wire through those three holes brought them together at the top with a S hook. Then a heavier gauge of wire extended beyond that to hang from a shepherd’s pole and….. bird feeder is born! I saw this idea on Flea Market Gardening, but have never seen this color blue on a light fixture…. Cost? 50 cents!
“OK,” Jeanie says, “this old light fixture with bird seed didn’t work out so well. Feisty morning doves who like to lay and wallow in it made a huge mess. So…back to the basement it went… But I brought it back out this morning and think these pansies are quite comfy in it. Yes?”
Marsha Casassa says, “I made this planter out of a hanging lamp turned upside down. I put a pie pan with holes for drainage down inside and then added the potting mix and then planted succulents. I found a stand and turned it upside down and put the planter inside. This cost nothing because I got it in the free pile at a garage sale. I get lots of compliments. Just never know what is just waiting to become a planter.”
Ann Elias: This is my light ‘up-cycle’ project from last year. I got this light for $5.00..painted it black…replaced the bulbs with solar lights…and then I was going to hang it from a shepherds hook..but then I noticed it would slide right into a piece of conduit…so I painted that black also. Inserted that into the ground. Instant light with no wiring! I plan on making more of these types of lights for the garden.
More from Ann Elias: “My Garden Cloche project. I have always wanted a large one…but could not find one in my area and way to pricey for my pocketbook on line. This is how my $10.00 Garden Cloche turned out!
I was kind of scared to try to remove the bottom glass, but it was very easy to pry apart the brass with a small regular screw driver and the glass came right out. Then I cut off the brass and pinched the seam back together. It really was easy to do. I did wear leather gloves to be on the safe side.”
Does everyone have a special storage shelf for things like this,..waiting for when you can do the project? We call these things ‘Art Supplies!’