What to make out of a glass hanging light

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I have a hanging light like this that I removed from my kitchen since it is outdated. I think it would make a great terrarium but I don't have a place for something like that in my house. Can anyone think of something I can repurpose this into? I tried to paint it like stained glass but that wasn't working out well either. When the light is on you can see every paint stroke. If I didn't have room for the finished product I could maybe sell it after.
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  • Becky Becky on Apr 09, 2016
    It WOULD make a good terrarium. I also think if you changed the color of the fixture, you could maybe find a new place to put it. Geometric is really "the thing"

  • Barb Barb on Apr 10, 2016
    I gave mine to Goodwill. Not sure I want to know what everyone comes up with that I could have done.

    • Marjo Marjo on Apr 10, 2016
      @Barb Haha, so true. That might happen here too. I don't need a terrarium. I just have no light space to put it in and its much too hot here to put one outside. Of course the best makeover will be found an hour after I've dropped it off at a charity :D

  • Deezie Deezie on Apr 10, 2016
    I had one similar but the glass was different colors. My Aunt gave it to me. I took the entire inside apart so I just had the glass panes and flipped it over so it was like a bowl. I put it in my garden and fill it with succulents. Loved how it came out. That was a few years ago and now the succulents spill out of it so it looks even better. Good luck with what you decide to do with it

    • Marjo Marjo on Apr 10, 2016
      @Deezie, Do you have to take your succulent bowl inside in the winter? I've had a few succulent bowls here in Tucson but we have a few weeks in winter where we do get freezes and most of my succulents died.

  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Apr 10, 2016
    Take the glass out, spray the frame and chain black, add a light socket and Edison bulb and it becomes a modern hanging light! Put it wherever you need a light...over an island, a sink, on a porch, etc. If you can find others in the same or different shapes at the thrift store, make a collection of them over a bed, beside a table, over a bar, etc. You can even build an open box for them like the ones that cost a fortune at Restoration Hardware and they become a light fixture.

  • Kaye Hayes Kaye Hayes on Apr 10, 2016
    Take out the glass. Spray whatever colour you like. Add crystal drops, silk roses, old string of pearls or whatever and make it a shabby chic chandelier

  • Daniel Clark Orey Daniel Clark Orey on Apr 10, 2016
    During Xmas in Grants Pass Oregon a guy did this to a tree in his front yard... spectacular!

  • Brenda Albright Brenda Albright on Apr 10, 2016
    I saw quite if few re-use ideas on Pinterest this week Bowls, bird baths, planters Love the ideas mentioned here too

  • Shyra Shyra on Apr 10, 2016
    Turn it into a little terrarium or greenhouse by using just the shade.

  • Elizabeth Roy Elizabeth Roy on Apr 10, 2016
    If it's possible to remove the entire outside (frame and glass) paint and hang with just candles or keep electrified and hang as a small chandelier.

  • Kimberly Cox Kimberly Cox on Apr 10, 2016
    I have a couple of these purchased at our local Habitat for Humanity store. I am going to spray them with a hammered copper paint and attach a solar light inside to hang on the deck at the lake.

  • Sandra Allen Sandra Allen on Apr 10, 2016
    Brenda is right. Here's a link to some ideas you will surly find inspiring!! https://www.pinterest.com/search/?q=repurposing%20glass%20light%20fixtures&referrer=sitelinks_searchbox

  • Karen Karen on Apr 10, 2016
    If you want to add outdoor ambience remove the electric wiring and make a trip to your local Dollar Tree. I found that the standard top for their sidewalk solar lights usually fit into bulb sockets but if they are a bit too big just haul out your trusty glue gun and make the lights secure. Then as mentioned above perhaps hang some crystals for a bit of bling.

  • Evon Ward Evon Ward on Apr 10, 2016
    That makes me think of a windchime/solar light...

  • Ann Ann on Apr 10, 2016
    I flipped one over and use it as a pretty planter. It is bottom center right next to our front steps.

    • Pam Pam on Apr 10, 2016
      @Ann I had a light like that. The seams were not sealed and I could not have used that for a planter. Maybe this one is better made.

  • Que1394360 Que1394360 on Apr 10, 2016
    Remove the light & chain and add some type of base (maybe a piece of plywood/wood cut slightly larger than the glass) and turn it into a terrarium. :D

  • Cathy Bailey Cathy Bailey on Apr 10, 2016
    You could remove the glass portion of it and make that a outside terrarium or flip it over and make a planter. With the glass removed use the light portion to make a chandelier by adding beads and a decorative bulb ( dollar store has them) you can rewire to turn it into a hanging light with a switch on the cord. A solar light chandelier would be lovely hanging on the porch or even a sunny room.

  • Bobbie Littlefield Bobbie Littlefield on Apr 10, 2016
    I would get some galvanized piping and plywood with bundt legs, create a stand with the lamp upside down and secured to the stand (paint as you want or stain). Know what height you need prior to buying everything. Once upside down, seal all glass contacts with clear silicone. Line entire area with moss, build terrarium- cover with glass cut to size. Include interior "stoppers" of plexi (glued to glass with clear silicone or make the entire top of plexi) and you have a tabletop terrarium you can put outside (use outside paint if you do).

  • Barb Barb on Apr 10, 2016
    Marjo, one time I purchased something at Goodwill and when I got it home I was pretty sure I was the one that donated it. yep!

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    • Jennie Lee Jennie Lee on Apr 10, 2016
      I haven't used it since 1971. I thought they might have stopped making it, since they know now that mothballs are bad to breathe very much.

  • Cindi Cindi on Apr 10, 2016
    You could remove the light fixture and replace it with a metal rod. Drill a hole in the middle of a plate and attach it to the bottom of the rod. It would make a pretty bird feeder, and the top would keep the squirrels out and keep the bird feed dry.

  • Tra5137969 Tra5137969 on Apr 10, 2016
    I would keep it as a light fixture but just update it by getting rid of the glass frame both the metal part and the glass itself. Keep the inside candelabra part and spray paint all of the metal,including the chain, making sure to tape off anything that wasn't metal (I would paint it bronze, white or black) then, buy small, clear bulbs and those cute little fabric shades to put over the bulbs. You could use it over a dining table or in an entryway.

  • Sheila D Sheila D on Apr 10, 2016
    Replace bulbs with inexpensive solar lights to use in yard or on patio.

  • Lynn Jordan Lynn Jordan on Apr 10, 2016
    Make a terrarium.

  • Mikki Mikki on Apr 10, 2016
    remove the light fixture and add a string of solar lights, hang in the yard or on a deck. Use the light fixture as an outdoor chandelier (or in a kid's room) by adding strings of beads/and or a garland of flowers. You could even add led tealights where the bulbs were.

  • Jallen Jallen on Apr 10, 2016
    you could remove the glass, spray paint it silver, black or white or any other color then loop or drape some beads or old necklaces and make it into a chandelier.

  • Rebecca Bender Rebecca Bender on Apr 10, 2016
    Separate the fixture from the dome and add a glass knob and use it for a cover, like a cake plate. Or soldier on metal rings and hang shells, beads, or pieces of glass and make a wind chime. Here are three great ideas. Good luck! https://www.pinterest.com/pin/323414816967250555/https://www.pinterest.com/pin/323414816967139288/ https://www.pinterest.com/pin/323414816968959875/

  • Debbie Miller Debbie Miller on Apr 10, 2016
    I have the exact light and was thinking of painting the inside with a pastel colored glass paint then placing it over 3 or 4 of the cheaper solar lights for my flower garden. I also like Rebecca's idea of a wind chime....maybe both ideas could be combined somehow?

  • Joan Morris Joan Morris on Apr 10, 2016
    there is stuff they make that you could turn it into a tiffany lamp!

  • Marjo Marjo on Apr 10, 2016
    Thanks everyone for your suggestions and comments

  • Dixie M. Reed Dixie M. Reed on Apr 10, 2016
    I used this very one as a terrarium fairy garden.

    • Sheenaireland Sheenaireland on Apr 11, 2016
      @Dixie M. Reed could you send a picture - I have similar lights (2 of them ) and am currently making fairy furniture... thanks!

  • Laura B Laura B on Apr 11, 2016
    I think that I would add solar lights in the sockets- hang it out doors.The sockets could be painted or covered with moss.

    • Mary Wheeler Mary Wheeler on Apr 12, 2016
      @Laurabooten I love this idea and will start looking for something similar at sales over the summer! It would make a great piece in the landscape or on a picnic table with candles or the solar lights (with the chain and cord removed).

  • Linda Linda on Apr 11, 2016
    You might try painting the brass black and replace the light fixture part hanging in the middle to one of the cool Edison lights with a single socket down the inside. Or frost the glass for a softer look.

  • Ali Parker Ali Parker on Apr 11, 2016
    You good take out the panels drill holes in them and make a beautiful beautiful hanging decoration for the room and as far as showing The Strokes that it wouldn't be a light you can make it look like stained glass you can look make it look like stained glass as you're not see the paint Strokes first of all views and makeup sponge it's better than a brush and do two to three coats

  • Phw5144625 Phw5144625 on Apr 11, 2016
    Take lights out. Add a ring or handle to the top and use for a unique cake cover.

  • Linda Linda on Apr 11, 2016
    You could take the glass out, turn it upside down the add moss or coco fiber and dirt and use it as a planter.

  • Lmp3547429 Lmp3547429 on Apr 12, 2016
    Orb lamp -remove glass buy brass hoops from Joanne fabrics and solder into rings and glue 4 balsa wood strips glue 2 together to make 1 wood circle and paint with spray paint. That's what I did with my old brass lamp

  • Kari Roberts Kari Roberts on Apr 14, 2016
    Make it into a terrarium.

  • Mcgypsy9 Mcgypsy9 on Apr 18, 2016
    Slaughter the 70's: An Ugly Ligh Re-do This is a post here on Hometalk. I can't figure out how to cut and paste it here so I am giving you the title on it above. She took the glass out of the panels and replaced them with wood slats. If you can't get to the post this way get back with me and I will tell you where to find it.

  • Jean Jean on Apr 23, 2016
    Do you have a little unused space? You could make a reading nook or a kind of porch area and use the light (as it is) there. Build a space around the light. I've seen the terrariums from those kind of lamps before and that would work also. I'd just hate to stop using it as a lamp - I love it. GOOD LUCK!

  • Joan Peterdi Joan Peterdi on May 07, 2016
    you could simply UN-wire it, use/modify the bulb holders as actual candle holders, and have a true hanging Candle-abra. The glass might even protect the candles from wind/weather if hung outdoors.