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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
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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."
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Then we cut the pieces using a bandsaw. Look! That's me using a ban saw for the very first time!
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We applied wood glue to the ends and fit the joints together like puzzle pieces to make a square.
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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
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Next, we cut four three inch pieces of poplar for connecting the squares together in a cube shape.
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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.
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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.
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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

Got a question about this project?

  • Pam M
    Pam M Sacramento, CA

    How cool!

  • Kat
    Kat Carol Stream, IL

    Great idea. As a collector of air plants I have to make one of these. It would look great with succulents too.

  • Bonyon917
    Bonyon917 Columbus, OH

    I just took a old Ceiling light down, what to do with the nice globe ? Someone said you will think of some thing. Now I know !!! Thanks

  • Toni Johnson
    Toni Johnson Bethel, MN

    This is really genius, love it!

  • Foundaroundvintage

    Fab u lous.
    Absolutely love!

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