Hanging Herb Garden using Small Lamp Shades as Metal Hanging Baskets

Hanging Herb Garden using Small Lamp Shades as Metal Hanging Baskets

Lamp shades are a pretty common item at thrift stores, in every size and shape you can imagine. So, I felt a compelling need to come up with an upcycling idea for them, starting with these small lamp shades that I found at Goodwill. I had this niggling feeling that lamp shade frames could be repurposed into metal hanging baskets for a hanging herb garden…

Small lamp shades at thrift store for upcycling into metal hanging baskets for herb pots by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Don’t they look like little Fez hats? They were cheap and the outer layer of string was starting to come undone on a few of them, so I knew they were destined to be repurposed. And I was bound and determined to turn them into a hanging herb garden! This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Small lamp shades that will be transformed into vertical garden planter or hanging herb garden by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Upcycling Small Lamp Shades into Metal Hanging Baskets for Herb Pots

To turn my upcycling idea into reality, I removed the fabric and string from the small lamp shades down to the lamp shade frame. Which took no time at all, because, like I said, they were literally coming undone in the store!

Using a metal lamp shade frame for hanging plants or vertical garden planter by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

The internal part of the lamp shade frame (that went around a light bulb) just needed to be bent down. NOW there was a platform for my herb pots to sit upon!

Metal hanging baskets for vertical herb garden from small lamp shades by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Once all the small lamp shades had been “disrobed”, so to speak, I was ready to take the next step. Now I could transform them into metal hanging baskets that would become a vertical garden planter or hanging herb garden!

Lamp shade frame to be upcycled into vertical planter for herb pots by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Metal Hanging Baskets for a Vertical Garden Planter

Because I love to use what I already have, I decided to use this lightweight chain to connect my small lamp shades / metal hanging baskets. It was a yard sale find that I hoped would come in handy one day, and well…it did!

Using lightweight chain to connect metal hanging baskets to become vertical garden planter by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I wasn’t particularly fond of the maroon paint on each lamp shade frame, so I spray painted them gold to match the chain. Now my future hanging herb garden will look like it was meant to go together, right!

Spray painting a lamp shade frame and connecting with chain to become a vertical garden planter by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

With wire cutters in hand, I carefully cut the chain into matching lengths to go in between the small lamp shades so that the metal hanging baskets would hang evenly and perfectly spaced out.

Then, using inexpensive gold-tone jewelry wire, I carefully connected pieces of chain to each lamp shade frame. Once I was done with that, I connected the small lamp shades together, just like metal hanging baskets. And yes, even though I started out with four, one was just a back up in case something went wrong.

Small lamp shades turned into metal hanging baskets for herb pots and hanging herb garden by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

They don’t look like Fez hats anymore, do they?

A Hanging Herb Garden from Small Lamp Shades

And just like that, I added herb pots inside my metal hanging baskets. Quick tip – when I was shopping for herbs, I carried one of the small lamp shades with me to make sure it fit perfectly inside!

Metal hanging baskets made from lamp shade frame and upcycled into hanging herb garden by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

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 herb pots!

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.

Small lamp shades upcycled into metal hanging baskets for vertical garden planter with herb pots by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Isn’t that a fun and unexpected upcycling idea for small lamp shades? But I’m telling you, with a little lightweight chain and some jewelry wire, you can make your own set of metal hanging baskets.

And if you don’t want to use them for a hanging herb garden, you could use lightweight flower pots or even artificial plants just for decor!

Vertical garden planter or hanging herb garden made from small lamp shades for herb pots by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Looking for more upcycling ideas to create garden planters? Then check out this amazing collection here before you go!

Upcycling ideas and repurposed projects for garden planters, garden pots, unique planters, and flower box ideas compiled by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Craft on!

S

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Comments

  1. Love this idea, such a creative use of the lampshades. I may have to steal this idea if you don’t mind. Cheers, Michele

  2. I envy gals like you Sadie…You can look at stuff and see another purpose, me I’m just a copier of those ideas! Lampshades…who would have thought?

  3. Only you would come up with this idea! Now all of us ladies are going to run over to goodwill and buy all their lampshades!

  4. indianakathy says

    I use lampshades (the larger ones) as tomato cages in pots for cherry tomatoes – this is cute – great idea for the spices on my porch! Thank you for sharing

  5. How clever! I new would have guess they were once lampshades – it looks like it was made to hold pots!

  6. You have the best vision for such everyday items! Such a fun idea. Visiting from DIY Collective.

  7. LOVE it! 😀

  8. Wow, so clever! Even a craft-challenged person like me can do that! Seriously so cute!

  9. Your creative thrifted makeovers are genius!
    Now I will be looking for lampshades at the flea market 🙂
    Thank you for being at TOHOT!
    As always, we are so glad you are here.

  10. What a brilliant idea. They look lovely. Congratulations on finding the lampshades and turning them into another useful product.

  11. Visiting from Fantastic Friday Link Party, and I’m so glad I did! What a fantastic idea! Pinning for later!

  12. My husband likes to build own systems for his vegetables but I don’t think he hasn’t even thought of this. Will tell him too. 😀

  13. Such a clever idea, I will have to keep an eye out now I have been trying to figure out ways for more planters, this would be perfect to have you stop by to share on the #OMHGFF
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  14. I love this idea!! Thank you for sharing with us at the #HomeMattersParty

  15. Wow, this is amazing!

  16. Sadie, your lampshades turned planters is one of the most inventive ideas I’ve seen. Looks great and I love the gold paint. Thanks for sharing your project at Your Inspired Design Link Party.

  17. Wow, I just dropped a few old lampshades off at Savers! Darnit!! 🙂 Thanks for linking up with us at Throwback Thursday! Have a great Memorial Day Weekend!

    Mollie

  18. So very clever and crafty! I adore the wee wooden shoes as well. Thank you so very much for joining us at Thoughts of Home on Thursday. Have a wonderful holiday weekend.

  19. Cutesy idea! And so frugal, too (my fave).

  20. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

  21. You never cease to amaze me at how crafty you are at re-purposing things! Have you always had that creative bent? I would never have seen that in those little lampshades! thanks as always for stoping by and sharing at the Celebrate Your Story! link party!

  22. charleneasay1 says

    wow what a great idea. I would of never thought to do this. Thanks for linking up with us at Family Joy Blog Link Up Party this week.

  23. This is so cute. Great idea–pinning for when I have room for another project on my list. 🙂

  24. Great idea! I love that you painted them gold. I have a large lampshade skeleton laying around…..maybe I can make one hanging pot holder.

  25. These are absolutely darling!! I love it! I have been looking for more ways to get my plants up off of the ground and add more vertical interest to my landscaping. Looks like a trip to the Goodwill is going on my “To-Do” list!!
    Thanks so much for sharing!!

  26. Sarah, you had another genius idea. I love re-purposed lamp shade frames. Thank you for sharing at Vintage Charm this week.

  27. Awesome idea! And I always see so many lamp shades at goodwill! I pinned this to try later, thanks for sharing!

  28. Oh this is just too cute! I so love this! 🙂

    I would love for you to share this with my Recipe and Crafts Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  29. Hi just stopping by and letting you know that this awesome post was picked as one of the featured posts on the #HomeMattersParty this week. You can find it at http://adventuresfrugalmom.com/home-matters-linky-party-89/. While you are there make sure to grab the I was featured button for sidebar. Congrats and hope you will link up again.

  30. Never would have known…what a fun garden!!!

  31. A fabulous idea. I always enjoy reading your posts because you have wonderful projects. Thanks for the inspiration.

  32. tea light candles would work too, put the glass were the pulp would go, make a chandelier.

  33. What a great re-use idea! I am going to have to try it! #HomeMattersParty

  34. What a great idea! I bet you could find lampshades at yard sales too. Thanks for sharing on Welcome Home Wednesdays. We hope to see you again this week.

  35. Such a great idea! I want to head to the thrift stores and look for lamp shades!!

  36. Good Morning!!! I am stopping by to let you know that your post was selected as a Feature for the Welcome Home Wednesdays Link Party! Stop by this morning to see your post linked up and grab your Feature Button as well!! 🙂 ~Lisa~

  37. globallocavore says

    That’s such a great way to reuse materials instead of buying new. As a conscious consumer I’m always looking for ways to reduce my footprint and repurposing thrift store finds is a great way. I’m so pleased to see you encouraging others to reuse as well.

  38. LOVE LOVE LOVE
    Your idea is terrific!

  39. ok – now I’m looking for lamp shades at yard sales! Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party!

  40. Genius!!!

  41. Kathy A. says

    Another great idea! I have a lamp shade top (the circle with the hole for the finial) that has been awaiting gold spray paint; it is going to become a Halloween mobile for my daughter who LOVES to decorate for Halloween. Wood cut outs, scrapbooking embellishments, and jazzed up pictures; now to use jute or fishline. Hmm!
    Some lampshade frames will also make good frameworks for wastebaskets; how many projects can you come up with??

  42. Sarah, what clever idea! Our Goodwill always has a lot of lamp shades, but using them this way hasn’t ever crossed my mind. I love this idea, I may just gave to copy it. 😊 pinning!

  43. Great work! I am impressed with your creativity. I can’t wait to try this. Thanka and keep sharing.

  44. This is so cute! I love it so much!

  45. Wow how neat is this.

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