Asked on Oct 24, 2013

What to do with Vintage Glass Light Shades...

by Sfg178760
I'm thinking bird feeders...but do any of you have any other suggestions? Some came out of our 1964 home and some we bought for it, but never used them! As you can see on my blog: , I upcycle, fix up, restore stuffs and make things. And the only thing I can come up with is bird feeders as I saw on this other cool blog: . I am thinking hanging or just planters, wobbly containers of OTHER IDEAS?
This one has a cool clear decorative bottom...kind of like the next one.
This cone-ish shaped one is awesome!
I have two of these dainty smaller ones!
Then there is this groovy circley one! If not for a light...a platter maybe?
  27 answers
  • D.I.Yankowski D.I.Yankowski on Oct 24, 2013
    That second one is begging to have light shine through it, so I'd make it into a lamp (I know, not very far out of the box) but oriented the way it in in the picture rather than on a ceiling. The last one is indeed groovy, but I bet it's not tempered glass. Those things tend to be pretty brittle and a shatter hazard. Keep it out of harm's way. How about putting a photo in the center square and then setting it on a plate stand on a shelf? Finally, a small, tripod plant stand will keep the dainty ones from wobbling.
    • Sfg178760 Sfg178760 on Oct 26, 2013
      @D.I.Yankowski May make hanging pendant lamps from the two bigger ones!
  • Sue A Sue A on Oct 24, 2013
    The groovy circley one can be a centerpiece for all occasions--I love it! Gourds, indian corn, mini pumpkins for fall/Thanksgiving,Halloween. Then at Christmas you could stack ornaments with "picks" of evergreens stuck in between, or funky picks that a lot of stores are carrying now, and maybe a little fake snow--goodness, my mind is whirling with a ton of ideas! I'm glad you didn't donate them or throw them away--they don't make cool shades like these anymore. Please post pics of what you end up doing with them!
  • Sandy Olson- Watts Sandy Olson- Watts on Oct 24, 2013
    Mount them upside down for yard/garden lights.
    • Sfg178760 Sfg178760 on Oct 26, 2013
      @Sandy Olson- Watts Thanks! I thought of this too...but I am not into them in my yard! If they were those plain round ones...I may be digging that! o)
  • Thrifty Treasures Thrifty Treasures on Oct 26, 2013
    The garden lights are a good idea. You can twist some wire around the beveled part and hang them from shepherds hooks with candles or solar lights in them. I like to seek out cool lights like that and make cement garden orbs. Fill will cement, but then you have to break the glass, but they make very cool garden decorations! Good luck!
  • Linda Linda on Oct 26, 2013
    I have painted flowers on them and put a small candle inside and set on shelves.
  • Christine Christine on Oct 26, 2013
    I use these as garden lights. Some are round and some are other shapes like yours. I don't have electrical availability, so I bought the $1.00 solar stake lights at Wal-Mart. I stuck them in the ground and stuck my globes on them. When I come home at night, my garden is full of bubbles. I love it. I'm not surprised you can't sell them without vintage lights attached. They're a dime a dozen.
  • Helen Helen on Oct 26, 2013
    I rather like the idea of the pendant lights....
  • Lori J Lori J on Oct 26, 2013
    I was going to make the yard suggestion as well; they would be beautiful filled with a string of Christmas lights and turned over as a bedding accent.
  • Sfg178760 Sfg178760 on Oct 26, 2013
    They ARE a dime a dozen?? We couldn't find ones just like the ones we have online or anywhere that is why we did not use them in our house! We kind of went crazy buying them single ones and realized that did not work out for us! I just put them up for sale and one sold already! Anyway...I do love the light baubles in the yard look!
  • Aunt Hilda Aunt Hilda on Oct 26, 2013
    Solar power-lighted drive-way, sidewalk, or garden path markers...
  • Terri Terri on Oct 26, 2013
    I would take the groovy circle fixture and run a rod thru it, stick it in some PVC pipe stuck in the ground and use it as a bird feeder.
  • Julie J Julie J on Oct 26, 2013
    Here's a neat idea on pinterest:
  • Julie Moyna Julie Moyna on Oct 30, 2014
    Look at the thrifty rebels blog! She is brilliant with totems and birdhouse/feeders! Have fun!
  • Brenda Gilstorf Brenda Gilstorf on Oct 30, 2014
    the square one can be made into a fruit bowl. mount it onto a candlestick holder or glass
  • Lori Jackson Lori Jackson on Feb 14, 2015
    The globe shaped ones--turn them over and fill them with a string of old Christmas lights. They would be lovely lit up in the garden.
  • Patty Patty on Mar 02, 2015
    I painted mine with glow in the dark paint especially the rounds,, I use them all year long in my gardens,,at night they are gorgeous!!!
  • Arlene Arlene on Aug 09, 2015
    I have the same shade as the top one and I put a battery operated tea light under them and put them in my yard as garden lights a very pretty effect at night.
  • Starre Lightfoot Starre Lightfoot on Sep 27, 2015
    Placing globes over solar lights on stakes. Make a good outdoor night light to illuminate garden.
  • Christine Christine on Sep 27, 2015
    I use them in my gardens, too. Wal-Mart sells $1.00 solar lights. I usually try to pick up the round, 70s globes. I stick them on the lights and whoaaaaaa! At night, when I come home, my garden is full of glowing bubbles. I've recently started using some of the light globes you're talking about. It's just very cool for someone who can't afford to have her 3 acres of yard wired!
  • Linda Linda on Sep 29, 2015
    Use the square one for the bird feeder get one on top one on bottom. Get a threaded bolt washers and nuts to adjust the height
  • Sfg178760 Sfg178760 on Sep 29, 2015
    Thanks Everyone! I still have them and still have not sold, donated or upcycled all of them. But...they look cute in mixed in with my old wire box/basket and vintage galvanized metal collection in the garage!
  • Joan Joan on Oct 01, 2015
    Last one, maybe a picture frame?
  • Teri Teri on Oct 05, 2015
    How about using them in totem poles-garden art!!!
  • Sfg178760 Sfg178760 on Nov 09, 2015
    Oh my long ago and I never did anything with them and just sold them all for very cheap yesterday!
  • Lyn2398900 Lyn2398900 on Nov 11, 2015
    Saw a glass birdbath made of different glass dishes, etc. That would be a good base. The birdbath I saw was here...
  • Karen Karen on Jan 18, 2016
    i had seen where some made beautiful Christmas balls!!!!! She had used canned goods cans for the top