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 there for months. I knew I couldn't just toss them out, but I had no clue what to do with them.

Until a few weeks ago.

It's cold here in Wisconsin now and all the plants that I had outside for the summer had to start being brought in for winter. Yikes....I guess I collect a lot of plants. I had no room for them anymore.

And then it dawned on me to repurpose my floor lamp into a plant stand! This way I could add more height to an area in my room, but I could also get more plants off the floor and off the tables.

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.

This is what mine looked like with everything taken apart.

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.

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.

    • Jennifer | CrazyDiyMom
      on Dec 7, 2016

      My plant doesn't get a lot of water at once and I keep it damp, so the water hasn't ever run out. If it concerns you, you could stick a tray inside the pot to catch the water. Or use plants that don't need heavy watering such as succulents. I've had the plant in there for about 6-8 months and have never had water run out.

    • Linda
      on Feb 5, 2017

      Attach to the lamp, a pot that's bigger than the one your plant is in. Then set the potted plant that has the drip tray attached to it, inside the bigger pot.

    • Deanna Llewellyn
      on Feb 10, 2017

      You can use an artificial plant as well, then there is no need for watering. Great idea! I think that is what I am going to do with mine.

    • Cheryl
      on Apr 8, 2017

      Well darn! I just got rid of 2 lamps and I would have loved to do this:( guess I'll have to take a trip to the thrift store lol
    • Jean
      on May 15, 2017

      leave the lamp tube with nut get large flat washer add rubber or gasket material cut to fit the tube then tighten then take a screw (not a bolt) and take the rubber or gasket material and add a washer with the screw to stop up the lamp tube
    • Patti Neary Langford
      on Jun 12, 2017

      I have a short lamp that I can reuse the same way. Thank for the nut/washer/gasket tip!
    • BJ Corley
      on Sep 9, 2017

      Why not use glue like with the totems?
    • BJ Corley
      on Sep 9, 2017

      I forgot. You need to add small rocks to pot for drainage.
    • 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.

    • Jennifer | CrazyDiyMom
      on Jan 23, 2017

      Hi Margaret! It will depend on your lamp and what parts it has. I found a 4" screw with a large head that fit right down through the top of my pot into the lamp and it holds it in place.

    • Jewellmartin
      on May 22, 2017

      I love when a plan comes together. One of my standing lamps got a short or something and we won't use it. We don't mess with electricity, so we put the lamp in the garage after keeping the six dollar bulb, which works fine. I rescued a pot with a vine in it for two dollars, from the hardware store that had let the vine get white and weak from a lack of sun and too much water. But it's not much better at my house because I can't get the pot to enough sunshine. However, if I blend the lamp, the plant, and another pot I have ready, I have hope that all will be right with the world. I can set the plant where a higher window lets in more light longer. Thank you, and best wishes 😇
    • Jennifer | CrazyDiyMom
      on May 22, 2017

      That sounds like a great plan Jewell! Good luck!
    • Joanie
      on Aug 10, 2017

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

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