Repurpose an Old Standing Floor Lamp Into a Plant Stand


I have had these floor lamps for over 15+ years. They have moved with us from house to house and always seemed to find a spot to sit in the living room even though they were never used. Each time they got a new lamp shade to match the new decor, but they were just still sitting there looking sad.

So I took them apart with plans to save the fixture and all the wiring to make new lamps.

The stands just sat
repurpose an old standing floor lamp into a plant stand, flooring, gardening, lighting


repurpose an old standing floor lamp into a plant stand, flooring, gardening, lighting

Take all the guts out of the stand and set them aside if you too want to make a new lamp. If your stand is ugly, now would be the time to give it a fresh coat of spray paint if you want.
repurpose an old standing floor lamp into a plant stand, flooring, gardening, lighting

This is what mine looked like with everything taken apart.
repurpose an old standing floor lamp into a plant stand, flooring, gardening, lighting

I grabbed a cheap pot from the dollar store. I made a hole in mine so that I could shove a little dowel through the top of the pot and into the stand to help secure the pot on the top a little bit more.
repurpose an old standing floor lamp into a plant stand, flooring, gardening, lighting

My new plant stand! I love it! Especially for my ivy. I can wrap it around the stem of the stand and let it hang down without getting caught on everything on my table.

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Suggested materials:

  • Floor lamp
  • Pot
  • Plant
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3 questions
  • Kathy.domingue
    on Nov 21, 2016

    Where does the water run off after watering the plant?

    • Jewellmartin
      on Mar 5, 2018

      I know how to keep mine from dripping water. I’m going to use silk/plastic plants. I’m really inspired by this. ☺️

  • Diane Bauer Nelson
    on Dec 7, 2016

    My question as well.....with the hole in the bottom of the pot....where DOES the water go? I really like the idea....just wondering about the water.

    • Carey
      on Aug 1, 2018

      Yes and buy back your lamps! LOL

      I have a lamp that I am considering doing this with, however I am considering using it as an outside planter! I too am concerned about water running out of my plant. Or I will use it to create a birdbath base for an idea that I have been considering now for some time.


  • Margaret
    on Jan 23, 2017

    How did u fasten the pot to the lamp - I too want to make mine into a plant stand.Thanks.

    • Joanie
      on Aug 10, 2017

      Super idea!!  I have 2 English ivy hangin' above my sink........I love my plants!

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