Upcycled Light Globe Vases

5 Materials
$20
1 Hour
Easy

I don’t know about y’all but being a southern girl living in New York, I pray for warmer weather any chance I get, because warmer weather means more sunshine, more bright colors and more flowers. Thankfully, this winter has been mild for us here on Long Island (of which I’m very grateful), but I’m still hopeful of an early spring—so much though that I am beginning to get in to my fresh flower craze around the house. I’m so loving this super quick and easy project to display your spring beauties in, and I’m even loving the fact that you can add your personality to them just by changing up the colors and designs.
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upcycled light globe vases
SUPPLIES: -old lighting globes -Rustoleum spray paint (Feel free to use regular paint! I just felt like spray paint would give me more freedom to not have to juggle painting and setting the wet globes down, potentially messing them up.) *Colors used: Gloss Coral, Gloss Sea Mist, Satin Lagoon. -twine (optional) -scissors (optional) -fresh hydrangea bouquet
upcycled light globe vases
STEP 1: Spray paint globes First, I removed the price tags that were on the globes I purchased from Habitat for Humanity (two of them were $2.99 each and one of them was 25¢…ummm helllooo you can’t beat those prices!). Then, I sprayed each globe a different, fun, bright springy color. I let the spray dry and flipped the globes over to finish off the other side.

To buy the Spray Paint I used for this step, CLICK HERE
upcycled light globe vases
If you're spraying, don't be like me with a heavy hand. Do a light coat, let it dry and then go back to apply another coat.
upcycled light globe vases
Did I mention that I need a new spray can attachment? I miss mine oh so much! I would recommend to anyone who spray paints to grab one--I've seen them for about $5-10 depending on where you get them from. I just need to remember to grab one next time I'm at Walmart or ACE. The attachment allows you to spray evenly and the spray doesn't tend to want to glob in one spot.
upcycled light globe vases
STEP 2: Fill with flowers After my globes were completely dry, I took a bouquet of white hydrangeas I purchased at Costco, cut them to fit my lighting globe vases and put them out for display. So simple, yet so much character—that’s what I love about DIY projects—you can add your personality to the most random items and create unique décor that will have people talking and wanting to try their hand at it. I love how these cute little vases came out and can’t wait to continue to fill them with beautiful fresh flowers as spring approaches!
upcycled light globe vases
STEP 3: Tie on twine or create macrame hanger (optional): One of my lighting globes was rounded on the bottom so I decided to rig it up with some twine I had on hand (although you can get it on Amazon. I know I’ve mentioned our kitchen reno that we are in the midst of right now so my end-vision is to have this globe hanging from the window opening that will be between our living room and kitchen where my work space will be (I’ll post pictures of that once the reno is complete). I initially tried simply wrapping the twine around the neck of the globe 2-3 times and creating handles but because of the weight of the water that was inside, the twine slipped off and thankfully the globe didn't shatter all over the floor (I was still working on the counter). So I looked up a few ideas and came across several hanging pots with macrame hangers. I decided to try this method out. I figured many of you would see the end picture and wonder how I did it so here it goes... First, I cut 8 long strands of twine--you can cut them roughly to the length you think you'll want your globe to hang down to. Then, I tied them in a knot all together at one end.
upcycled light globe vases
Next, I tied another knot...I guess this isn't absolutely necessary if you think about it but I wanted to be able to see the knot and "tassels" so I needed this second knot to sit right up under the globe in order to see the bottom knot.

To buy the twine I used for this step, CLICK HERE
upcycled light globe vases
Then, I taped down my knotted end make it easier for me to tie the rest of the knots.
upcycled light globe vases
After that, you'll want to tie every two strands of twine together in a knot. Some people measure where to tie the remaining knots but I just simply tried to keep my knots parallel to each other and tied the next row where I thought the globe would sit nicely. Just keep in mind you want the end result to be almost like a little net that safely holds the globe/vase.
upcycled light globe vases
Next, leave the far left and far right twine strands alone, tying every two pieces of twine together in the middle. This part was the confusing point for me--I wasn't sure what to do with the very end pieces once I tied the middle knots together. This is where you'll flip the middle three strands back (or just move them out of the way) and tie the two end pieces together in a knot, making sure to keep them at the same level as the middle knots.
upcycled light globe vases
Here is what the macrame twine hanger will look like once you have your first two layers of knots tied. You'll continue tying knots into the twine strands--make sure you're taking two separate groups of twine and tying the two opposite strands of twine together (i.e.: Group 1 has a left and a right strand, Group 2 has a left and a right strand...tie the right strand from Group 1 to the left strand from Group 2 together). Make sense? Once you've made enough "net/nest" to fit the globe vase into securely, tie the remaining twine together in one big knot.
upcycled light globe vases
Here is how the globe vase should look once the macrame is finished.
upcycled light globe vases
I love the color these simple little vases add to my house! I can't wait to fill these with beautiful fresh flowers throughout the coming spring/summer seasons!

Suggested materials:

  • Old lighting globes  (Habitat for Humanity)
  • <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006ZHJX78/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B006ZHJX78&linkCode=as2&tag=robcourtneymcreator-20&linkId=5103e90fa62d12f626014c4baf27d6e8" class="href-bb-tag" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rustoleum spray paint</a>  (Amazon)
  • <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Package-interior-decorating-natural-Christmas-twine-360/dp/B01IXZHXP8/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1485955936&sr=1-1-spons&keywords=twine&psc=1&linkCode=sl1&tag=ctbr-robcourt27126943-20&linkId=de79779ed42f00e1020bd68bf284c349&_encoding=UTF8&tag=robcourtneymcreator-20&linkCode=ur2&linkId=646a471e641ed8b749e1b3aaf876782f&camp=1789&creative=9325" class="href-bb-tag" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Twine</a>  (Amazon)
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  • Patty G
    on Jun 19, 2018

    Those are so sweet! Thanks for the great idea!!

  • Dorothy Sittler
    on Feb 22, 2019

    I really miss the beauty of macrame and never learned the art. Your approach makes it look doable. I really like that you reused as well. Good work.

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