Years of thrifting and repurposing have taught me a few things- and one of those is that secondhand shops will ALWAYS have outdated lampshades available- in every size, shape, and color imaginable. So, with gardening on my mind (and a quirky idea for my latest post on The Good Life blog), I headed to my local Goodwill.
Sure enough, I spied with my little eye these maroon-colored lampshades that instantly made me think of fez hats! They were wrapped in tassel-like material and starting to come undone- but their shape was ideal for what I had in mind!
To turn my idea into reality, I needed to strip down each shade to its bones- which took no time at all, because, like I said, they were literally coming undone in the store!
After disrobing the lampshade, I simply bent down and flattened out the internal hardware- there, now my little lampshade resembled a little cage.
And a cage is exactly what I needed for this project! Cages that I could connect to each other vertically with chain…maybe this crazy idea of mine will work after all! This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.
I already had some lightweight gold chain on hand (yard sale find!), so I spray painted my lampshades / cages to match.
Using inexpensive gold-tone jewelry wire, I carefully connected pieces of chain to each lampshade cage…and then connected all three cages together, creating a seriously awesome set of hanging baskets!
Hard to remember they were previously weird looking lampshades, eh?
And you know what fit perfectly inside each lampshade cage? A potted herb plant! (And yes, I carried one of the lampshades with me as I shopped for herbs! The organic herbs at Whole Foods were PERFECT.)
How cool is that? I have it hanging on our front porch for now, but I’m already thinking about making a second one to hang out back- to hold entirely different herbs! I have parsley, thyme, and oregano for now…and with the farmer’s market season starting back up now for those of us in South Carolina, I’ll be able to pick up a few additional herbs for sure!
Hard to believe they were those weird little lampshades, eh? Thrifty, nifty, and easy to do. And if you want more budget-conscious repurposed gardening ideas, give these ideas a look!