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Turn a Light Globe into a Chic Planter!

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I wanted to add some air plants to our kiddo's room, but I didn't want to shell out for fancy schmancy glass globes. I thought a salvaged light globe might work, but coming up with a container for it was the tricky part - Here's how we did it!
Cost: $10 Difficulty: Medium
First, we made two six inch squares held together using glued lap joints. We cut the lap joints by measuring a line about 3/8ths of an inch from the end, turned the piece and made a line half way down the side. - so it looked sort of like an "L."
Then we cut the pieces using a bandsaw. Look! That's me using a ban saw for the very first time!
We applied wood glue to the ends and fit the joints together like puzzle pieces to make a square.
We used spring clamps on each corner to hold the square together while the glue dried overnight. Below is a picture of one square, but we made two. We checked for squareness by measuring from corner to corner
Next, we cut four three inch pieces of poplar for connecting the squares together in a cube shape.
The next part is a bit tricky. We arranged the light globe with one square on each side. Then we used a clamp to hold a connector piece on either side.
Next, we added a dab of glue to the top connectors and held them in place using tape pulled tight as a clamp. Then we flipped it over, removed the clamps and did the same thing to the bottom side. We let the piece dry overnight before removing the tape and giving it a once over with some fine grit sand paper.
Overall, I'd say this was a moderate skill level project - lots of steps and clamps, but the concept is fairly simple. Oh, and we did save some money over purchasing blown glass globes!
If you'd like to give this a shot yourself (I hope you do!) there are a couple more photos over on my original blog post.

To see more: http://www.fiftytwoweekendsofdiy.com/2014/11/how-to-make-modern-planter-from-light.html

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  • Jennifer Cagle Bloodworth
    Jennifer Cagle Bloodworth Purcell, OK
    on Nov 25, 2014

    Fantastic idea! Love the unusual use for a light globe!

    • Urban Acreage
      Urban Acreage Topeka, KS
      on Nov 25, 2014

      @Jennifer Cagle Bloodworth Thank you! There are sooo many discarded light globes at salvage yards, it's super fun to give them a new life!

  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on Nov 25, 2014

    OMG this just blew my mind! Crazy awesome!

  • Kansas Allen
    Kansas Allen Roswell, GA
    on Nov 25, 2014

    Cool! I glued string around them and filled them with birdseed for the birds.

  • Paula Guy
    Paula Guy Winter Haven, FL
    on Nov 25, 2014

    Love the way this looks. Great idea!

  • Bre Casey
    Bre Casey
    on Nov 25, 2014

    Looks awesome. Great Job!!! :)

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