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Turn Vintage Glass Lamp Shades Into Summer Planters

Find some vintage glass lamp shades at your local thrift store or dump store and turn them into the perfect summer planters!
Time: 1 Hours Cost: $10 Difficulty: Easy
My dump store finds are back!  I love when summer comes around and I can make my rounds to the dump stores again ;) Ahhh heaven! 

A few weeks ago I was out with my Mom and found these beautiful vintage glass lamp shades.  (they are pretty easy to find a thrift stores too!)  They were all pretty dirty but dirt never scares me ;)

A little Dawn was all they needed to clean them right up.

I loved that they were all different shapes and shades of white and thought they'd make the coolest looking planters.  
I picked up a variety of different wood and ceramic pieces while I was there too that would work as bases for the planters.

Each base got two coats of Fusion Mineral Paint in Limestone to start.  
With Canada Day around the corner I thought a red and white theme would be fun for our 150th birthday.

I used a Fusion Mineral Paint in Fort York Red with a hint of Ash (just to make it a tad less bright) to make some wobbly stripes. Each base had some natural curves so, with a tiny brush, I free-handed the stripes using the curves as a loose guide. 
To make sure the new planters didn't separate, Epoxy around the edges kept the pieces securely together.  
A little distressing, dirt and some white flowers and they were done.  

How fun are they?  I love that they brighten up the corner of one of my balconies and give a nod to Canada's birthday as well.

Are you making anything special to celebrate Canada Day or the Fourth of July?

A quick update... mine are inside so I was not concerned about drainage as I can control the water they get. If you are putting yours outside, throw a couple of rocks or some gravel in the bottom to help with drainage.
Pop over to the original post on the Recreated Designs website to see more pictures of this project and many other rusticy Farmhouse projects using paint...

Materials I used for this project:

  • Glass lamp shades   (Thrift Store)
  • Wood bases   (Thrift Store)
  • Paint in Red and White   (Local Stockist)
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To see more: http://www.recreateddesigns.com/2017/06/glass-lamp-shades-turned-planters/

  • Becky Partain
    Becky Partain Pahrump, NV
    on Jul 4, 2017

    ADORABLE!!! These are fabulous!! Thanks for sharing.

  • Weedinwoman54
    Weedinwoman54 Smyrna, TN
    on Jul 4, 2017

    Really cute idea. Love the wooden stands

  • Theduke1234
    on Jul 4, 2017

    I like the idea of the glass vases turned into pots for plants. I don't see how they will drain on the spindles? I think I would sit them in a painted lid or a metal cover for your old stove burners. Anything that you could spray paint to make nice or pretty. But I would USE them as flower pots,, definitely. IF NOT, I would use your idea and add candles to the vases, leaving them on the spindles. Light up for the 4th of July.........Happy 150 yrs.!!!

    • Recreated Designs
      Recreated Designs Canada
      on Jul 4, 2017

      Great idea with the old stove covers! Because mine are actually inside, I wasn't worried about drainage as I can control the water but if you were putting them outside you would put a few stones in the bottom to help with that. The candles would be so pretty too!!

  • Soletospirit
    on Jul 4, 2017

    I like this a lot. I would not put them on a spindle but set them in some vintage, fleamarket saucers. They'll drain and still make awesome little pots.

    • Recreated Designs
      Recreated Designs Canada
      on Jul 4, 2017

      The saucers would be a great idea as well... and I love just about anything from a flea market ;)

  • Melita Todd
    Melita Todd Dutton, AL
    on Jul 4, 2017

    this would be great for succulants

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