How to Turn a Glass Chandelier Into a Planter

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There's a reason why gallery walls have been an ongoing staple in decor: they look good whether you're configuring many frames on a large canvas or you're hanging just a few photos on a small one. But have you ever thought about working plants into the grid, too? Add texture to your work of art by creating a simple, beautiful planter for an airplant. You can find a small light fixture to repurpose into a simple, geometric container and hang the greenery inside. Alone or as a pair, this project will add an eye-catching detail to the most intriguing wall in your home.

(Image: Ashley Mayes)

Things You'll Need

  • Old, glass light fixture(s)
  • Screwdriver
  • Wrench
  • Bolt cutters
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Airplants

Step 1: Find an Old Light

Not all glass lights will make good candidates for this project. The trick is to look for a light that can be easily attached to a wall. For example, you will need to find a light that has a back-edging (like the brass part of this light) so it can be safely secured. Some glass lights, however, are beveled around the edges and do not have proper attachments when the light fixture is removed. This type of light would not make a good base for this project.

For this particular light, the section housing the electrical components were removed in order to create the open front for the planter. This meant that the bottom of the light fixture (opposite the electrical components) would need to attach to a wall. This light fixture had a brass ring that would make it easy to attach.

(Image: Ashley Mayes)

Step 2: Deconstruct the Light

Determine how the electrical components are attached and use pliers or a screwdriver to detach them. As you are taking things apart, make sure to keep the pieces in case you need to use them to decorate and secure the planter later on.

(Image: Ashley Mayes)
(Image: Ashley Mayes)

Step 3: Prep The Back

Each light will be different, but after the electrical sockets are out, you need to prep the back of your light for it to be wall-mounted.

This particular piece had round brass knobs on each corner. They protruded from the circle plate, so it was best to unscrew them. They did hold the brass plate to the glass, though, so the nuts (taken off in Step 2) were screwed back in place to hold everything together.

(Image: Ashley Mayes)
(Image: Ashley Mayes)

Step 4: Beautify the Front

When the electrical components and and the other brass plate were removed, there were long screws left protruding from the fixture. The screws helped keep the whole thing together, so it was best to hold onto them. Use bolt cutters to trim extra pieces away. Once trimmed, look through the extra pieces you saved in Step 2 to see if anything could be reattached as a decorative detail. For this example, there were round nuts that could be used to hide each screw.

(Image: Ashley Mayes)
(Image: Ashley Mayes)

Step 5: Hang the Planter and Add a Plant

For this planter, all that was needed was a nail to hang it to the wall. The backside had a lip on the brass ring, making a single nail sturdy enough to support the weight. If your planter does not have a lip, then it would be best to put in a drywall anchor and drill a hole in the back of your metal planter to hang the screw. Then, add an airplant — which requires no soil and little water — to your planter. The texture of the glass and greenery will look great on your gallery wall!

(Image: Ashley Mayes)

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