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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Aug 5, 2011 3:36 PM CST
Hey everyone, I got busy today and finally accomplished my project and thought I'd share the photo's.

I've had these four Ceiling Fan Light Shades in the shed for a few years because when I purchased them and got them home I didn't like the looks at all with the fan I bought them for. Anyway ... I'm oftentimes bad about remembering to return things for exchange or refund and things either end up going to the thrift store, or on a closet shelf somewhere. Since these glass shades were a real thick glass they ended up in the shed with the idea that I'd (someday) make plant holders out of them but I just never seemed to get around to it until y'all inspired me to get busy and just do it! Big Grin

My husband gave me a length of PVC pipe and I used his hand saw to cut it into 3 different lengths. He also had the PVC connector things that he glued to the base of each glass shade for me and I screwed them onto an end of each PVC pipe. I taped up the glass and painted the connectors and the PVC pipes. Here are the before and after pictures.

The ceiling fan light fixtures with the PVC connectors glued on:
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The glass shades screwed onto the PVC pipes before everything was taped and painted:
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I took them apart and taped up the glass before painting the PVC and the connector pieces:
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I placed a piece of mesh window screen into the bottom to keep the soil from washing down the pipe:
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I planted them with little houseplants that were sitting out on the deck. The PVC pipes are stuck down into a flower pot with other plants out on the deck but I may end up taking these plants out and moving them to a spot in the garden with Perennials or something.

The Finished Product:
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vic
Aug 5, 2011 3:38 PM CST

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That is so COOL! Hurray!
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dahlianut
Aug 5, 2011 3:56 PM CST
That looks so prettiful and refreshing against the wall Lin Smiling
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Sossman
Aug 5, 2011 4:19 PM CST
You could even add candles to add some ambiance to your evening garden. :)
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plantladylin
Aug 5, 2011 4:20 PM CST
Thanks Dahlia! I can't leave those plants in that location though ... gets intense afternoon sun which will fry those particular houseplants! I do like how they turned out. I only had 3 pieces of PVC pipe after cutting and 4 glass sconces so I still have one single sconce to do something with. I was thinking they could be wired up as pathway lights too ... hmmm.

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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Aug 5, 2011 4:21 PM CST
Sally: They would make great candle holders too ... great idea!
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Boopaints
Aug 5, 2011 4:37 PM CST

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WOW, I love LOVE LOVE these!
I need a husband. Or a saw!

I saw these turned over along a pathway one Christmas...with candles inside...the opening allowing the smoke to drift out.

Yep, Lin, I'm going to copy someday~

Thanks for an excellent tutorial.

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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Aug 5, 2011 4:43 PM CST
Thanks Becky!

I had no idea PVC would cut so easily ... I have little strength in my wrists and I was easily able to cut these with my husbands hand saw. I'd love to have them lining the walkway/pathway during the holiday season with tea lights illuminating the frosted glass! Sometimes Home Depot and Lowes have them on clearance, especially if it's a discontinued pattern, I think I will be on the lookout for a few! It would be fun to have a couple of different shapes spaced out along a path with candles glowing!
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Aug 6, 2011 2:57 PM CST

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I saw some larger amber glass shades today which made me think of yours, Lin. I think I will make three for my pots and place candles in them. I found out that some of the big box stores will also cut the PVC for you!
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Samigal
Aug 6, 2011 3:08 PM CST
Love these!!! There are always lots of fan lights at the thrift store, I can feel another project coming on. I know I have some here, but not all the same. DH has some pvc pipe out in back so guess I will check the sizes out. What kind of paint did you use on the pvc pipe? I'm making myself a note to check out my glass "treasures".
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Aug 6, 2011 3:18 PM CST
Beautiful, Lin!
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Robynznest
Aug 6, 2011 5:34 PM CST
Really good job Lin looks like you paid a couple hundred dollars for that.
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Aug 6, 2011 6:57 PM CST
Thanks y'all ... as I've said before, I have a very short attention span and these were quick and easy so it was a perfect project for me!

Pegi: I just bought a can of Krylon indoor/outdoor spray paint!

Robin: LOL, I don't think you'd want those cheapy shades for your antique lamp ... and they wouldn't be useable anymore as lamp shades since the connector pieces have been epoxied or glued on!

I really will be on the lookout for more shades to do some little candle holders for the walkway ...
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Boopaints
Aug 6, 2011 7:01 PM CST

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Red or green or red green and white or....pretty shades. We are all going to be scoring thrift stores now!

Lin, do all the connectors fit all the glass openings or do you need to take an inset with you to the thrift stores?
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plantladylin
Aug 6, 2011 7:06 PM CST
Becky, I'm pretty sure the PVC Connectors come in different sizes like the PVC pipes. My husband just happened to have the ones I used in his stash of stuff in the shed ... and they fit! So, I'd suggest taking a shade to the hardware store when purchasing the connectors.
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Aug 6, 2011 9:52 PM CST

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Thanks Lin! I'm going to paint mine royal blue and leave the shades white glass.
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goldfinch4
Aug 7, 2011 4:38 AM CST
Lin, what a great idea! No light shades laying around but lots of PVC pipe. I'm with Becky, this is one I will definitely be trying soon. Thanks for the tutorial!
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bsavage
Aug 7, 2011 5:17 AM CST
LOVE this, Lin! Great idea, quick and easy, and they look great! I think I'll be looking for shades at the thrift store as well!
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plantladylin
Aug 7, 2011 5:28 AM CST
Y'all are so kind! As I said before, I am not a "creative thinker" most of the time and like easy, peasy stuff ... this was extremely easy so if I can do it anyone can. I am definitely going to check thrift stores and yard sales for glass shades. A few years ago when I received my little magazine/flyer from Lowes it had a project I did with a glass globe. I purchased a round shaped globe (the type with just one opening that fits over a light). Planted a plant in the globe and wired copper wire around the threaded neck and hung it. The plant died last winter and that glass globe is somewhere around here ... my plan is to replant it someday! Big Grin A few years ago I had two glass globes that I turned upside down and stuck the neck part into the soil amongst plants in the garden with just the decorative globe shape showing ... wish I had a picture but I lost thousands of pic's (Twice!) when my laptop crashed on me! .... reminds me, I need to do a backup right now!

Hope everyone has a wonderful Sunday!
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Debbie
Aug 9, 2011 1:11 AM CST
Absolutely awesome idea. Thanks so much for sharing with us Lin. I love it. And I just happen to have lamp shades and pvc pipe. Thumbs up Now all I need is time................ Whistling

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