Repurposing glass lampshades

by Mpt10307163
Does anyone have any ideas what I can do with these? I would like to create something pretty and cool but not hard to do!
These came off a lamp I had. I didn't want to throw them out.
  47 answers
  • Sandra Allen Sandra Allen on Aug 18, 2016
    I would use some E6000 glue and set the larger on top of the smaller. Once dried, use as a real or faux fruit bowl. You can also put in some cut lavender dried, some faux flowers, yarn balls or anything to accent a table or even the front porch!!
  • Janice1971dg Janice1971dg on Aug 18, 2016
    I have a few shades like that . I've inverted a couple of them over Tap lights that sit on a mirror small enough to fit under it...or large enough to make a border around the shade . I did one of each . Makes for great mood lighting , and with a drop of your favorite oil on the Tap light , you get subtle aroma . I really like how my stained glass shades look and enjoy being able to display them .
  • Connie Connie on Aug 18, 2016
    They look like they're from the 90's. I'm thinking garden art. Plant some flowers in them and incorporate them in your flower beds. Or put a candle in the small one.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Aug 18, 2016
    Glue them together and insert a solar light for outside.
  • Mikki Mikki on Aug 18, 2016
    I would use a small chain to hang them in the garden. The larger one, upside down (as pictured) would make a fun bird feeder (or plug the hole and use as a bird bath). The smaller could easily be fitted with a small solar stake light and hung as a lantern.
  • Robbie Robbie on Aug 18, 2016
    For the larger piece I would make a lovely bird bath, possibly a terracotta base. The sunlight will show through and emphasize the beautiful colors.
    • Jpe6277611 Jpe6277611 on Aug 19, 2016
      I like this idea but there is lead in the solder, I would seal the piece if you use the shade for a bird bath.
  • Cynlane55 Cynlane55 on Aug 19, 2016
    I'll have to think about this one for a while, maybe a flower?
  • Harriet Harriet on Aug 19, 2016
    You could make vase to hold flowers. It would not be hard to seal up the holes which you would first need to run wires etc. it could also be used as a center piece. Perhaps flowers in the middle and different things in the bowl. Say you could put seeds for a garden party. Decorate for a party and put little snacks around the center. Remember if yo as to be sitting this on good furniture put some pad the hotter of the bowl as to not scar the tables.
  • Deb6105195 Deb6105195 on Aug 19, 2016
    I would flip the large piece and attach to a wood or vase for a base. It will look like a colorful mushroom and the put the smaller one under on the ground or with a smaller base and set it beside the other.
  • Alice Alice on Aug 19, 2016
    Get a dish and put a tea light and the smaller one on top. The larger one already looks like a beginning of a fabulous centerpiece. .
  • Sta8087657 Sta8087657 on Aug 19, 2016
    Large 1: Line with garden stones or glass stones for stability and add battery operated pillar & tiny candles. Small 1: same thing, but add a tiny battery operated candle.
  • Wbe1537269 Wbe1537269 on Aug 19, 2016
    Attach the smaller one to larger one as a base. It can be use for fruit or poporri. You can add glass stones an a battery candle.
  • Gail Sass Gail Sass on Aug 19, 2016
    I agree with Wbettycee that was my idea also
  • Gail Sass Gail Sass on Aug 19, 2016
    Do not put fruit or food in it as it is made with lead
  • LG LG on Aug 19, 2016
    Turn the large one into a bird bath and the smaller one into a feeder
  • Sealy Racelle LaMar Sealy Racelle LaMar on Aug 19, 2016
    Bird feeder
  • Darline Darline on Aug 19, 2016
    Gluing the smaller one to the larger, i'd make a wall sconce. Making certain to use a strong glue and adding a hanger to the back. I would use flameless candle for the lighting.
  • Irene Irene on Aug 19, 2016
    The larger one could be used as a container for a fairy garden (with or without the smaller one as a base for the larger one).
  • Susan Betsko Susan Betsko on Aug 19, 2016
    The small one seems ideal for a candle...making sure to put a insert on the "holder" to ensure drippings don't go through. The larger one looks beautiful right side up, like pedals, so head to a thrift and/or chain store to find a "desk light" the shade fits upon to brighten up a corner!
  • Sylvia Picone Sylvia Picone on Aug 19, 2016
    Place something to cover the hole in the larger one and use as a candy dish (wrapped candy) or place decorative balls in it. The small one use with battery powered votive.
  • Sophia,M.,McConnery Sophia,M.,McConnery on Aug 19, 2016
    Lots of things you can reuse these for!
  • Jillian Jillian on Aug 19, 2016
    Glue the small one into the large one. With a glass or bowl inside, make a chip and dip.
  • Pam Walker Pam Walker on Aug 19, 2016
    Glue the right one on top of the left one with E6000 glue & use it as a bird bath or bird feeder for the porch. You could also use it as a chip bowl, fruit bowl or snack bag holder. Insert a clear glass bowl & use it for parties for wings, salads or anything you serve in a bowl. Hope this helps. :)
  • Trudy Trudy on Aug 19, 2016
    I would use them as they were intended, as lights. The colors will GLOW with a light i them. You can use a recycled lamp or go to Lowes, they will sell you a light kit where all you have to do is know how to screw and unscrew.
  • Vee Kuboth Vee Kuboth on Aug 19, 2016
    Attach it to a painted or stained (or even natural) fence post/stair post...and it would make a good bird feeder or birdbath!
  • Pat Pat on Aug 19, 2016
  • Diane Diane on Aug 19, 2016
    The small one could be turned over with a tea light (in a container) inside. The larger one could hold real or faux fruit, etc. If needed, a small plate could rest in the bottom to catch drips.
    • Sandy Wapinski Sandy Wapinski on Aug 19, 2016
      This stained glass light shade likely contains lead so using it for any food item is probably not appropriate.
  • Linda Linda on Aug 19, 2016
    I used mine as a fairy garden planter.
  • Nadine Nadine on Aug 19, 2016
    You could turn it into a bowl. You can hot glue a piece of plastic cap to the inside bottom of the small one to cover the hole. Then hot glue the bottom of the small one to the bottom of the large.
  • Jeri Gerard Jeri Gerard on Aug 19, 2016
    The small one can go on a solar light outside
  • Marilyn Marilyn on Aug 19, 2016
    How about a tabletop water fountain. The smaller piece could hide a small pump with the water bubbling out of the hole.
  • Marie Hoeffler Marie Hoeffler on Aug 19, 2016
    Glue a plastic lid that has been cut to size to cover the crnter hole. Let dry or cure well. Then place in a garden for use as a birdbath. If you have a stand or base of some sort you could use that as well. Also you could mak ed z table planter out of it. Another idea would be to just use it as a fruit bowl.
  • Spy4346209 Spy4346209 on Aug 19, 2016
    I took mine apart and glued it to an old bowling ball, and used it like a gazing ball for my garden
  • Red Red on Aug 19, 2016
    I used one like the bigger one and used as an "up" shade on an old floor lamp base.
  • Kari Roberts Kari Roberts on Aug 19, 2016
    glue something over the hole in the big one, Then make a chain plant hanger to fit. Use as a bird feeder. or leave the hole and put a piece of screen for drainage, and make into a hanging planter. Make the small one into a haning lantern.
  • Deborah Wiley Deborah Wiley on Aug 20, 2016
    I used to do stained glass and as long as it's not too wobbly, I'd just tyr and see if you can re use it as a lamp. That thing took a lot of work. believe me I know.
  • Janell Janell on Aug 20, 2016
    Find a glass/crystal candle holder in clear or colored or even use milk glass candle holder, glue small shade upside down to top. put tea candle inside.
  • Janell Janell on Aug 20, 2016
    For larger shade, plug bottom with a cork. Wind a string of christmas lights into a wreath shape place inside. If they do not run on a battery, fit plug end through opening so it can be plugged in. You will probably have to tinker around with the base, there are lots of different ways to do it so it will sit level. Add shinny christmas balls, glitter balls, whatever in with the lights. Once done it can be used as a night light or a decorative touch.
  • Myla Putt Myla Putt on Aug 20, 2016
    Mount the big shade on top of the smaller one. Seal center hole. Attach a decorative table leg or heavy duty dowel and voile! A one of a kind birdbath lol - good luck!
  • Noe9748503 Noe9748503 on Aug 21, 2016
    Arrange in a stand , use it is a birth bath
  • Sti2242965 Sti2242965 on Aug 22, 2016
    Put the smaller one inside the large one put a few clear marblesor slate bits in the larger one and a small fountain in the middle through the small shade, (hope the birds will still use it!) also could add a water grass like plant
  • Jbwills Jbwills on Aug 22, 2016
    I would make a planter out of them.
  • Beverly Breslen Beverly Breslen on Aug 22, 2016
    Make a bird bath out of the larger one. You can use the smaller one as a little fountain in the middle of it with a little underwater pump.
  • Jud9594595 Jud9594595 on Aug 23, 2016
    I will glue the same one upside down of the big one and make it a fruits bowl for ur table or a corner bowl of potpory ,with all the good smelling things in it
  • Felicia Morello Felicia Morello on Aug 23, 2016
    Put a candle inside
  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Dec 28, 2020

    Hi there,

    How about a Pedestal Fruit or Centre Bowl ( small one as base with large bowl on top

    or use Bowl shape one as Fruit Bowl and the smaller one as a Plant Pot Holder? NO WORK AT ALL!

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Jan 31, 2021

    Sticking the more modest one to the bigger, i'd make a divider sconce. Making sure to utilize a solid paste and adding a holder to the back. I would utilize flameless candle for the lighting.