Repurpose an Old Standing Floor Lamp Into a Plant Stand

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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
Jennifer | CrazyDiyMom
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  • Terri G Terri G on Mar 01, 2021

    how did you manage the drainage?

  • Mickey Mickey on Feb 27, 2022

    How does the plant on top of the tall lamp not be top heavy and tip over?

  • Marie Z Marie Z on Nov 07, 2022

    I love this idea and tried it but the top was too heavy. Maybe if I used a smaller plant. How does the dowel keep from falling down into the lamp pole?

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