How to Upcycle Wire Lampshade Frames into Plant Stands

by Sarah - Craft Invaders

I show you how to upcycle vintage wire lampshade frames into gorgeous industrial style plant stands that will look fab in any interior.

 

I show you how to upcycle vintage lampshade frames into gorgeous industrial style plant stands that will look fab in any interior.

 

Where can I find old wire lampshade frames?

Although I’m sure it’s possible to buy vintage style wire lampshade frames new, this is an upcycling project, so our lampshade frames are all reclaimed. Check charity shops, car boot sales and auctions for lampshades that have seen better days. You should be able to pick them up for just a couple of pounds.

Here is my collection of vintage lampshades. They are both battered and dated, so I have no issue with pulling them apart to use.

 

I show you how to upcycle vintage lampshade frames into gorgeous industrial style plant stands that will look fab in any interior.

 

To start, you need to strip the old material from your lampshade. A pair of sharp scissors or a stitch cutter is useful as you’ll find the fabric stitched in places.

 

I show you how to upcycle vintage lampshade frames into gorgeous industrial style plant stands that will look fab in any interior.

 

All the lampshades I took apart for this project had been hand-stitched. I even found an old repair to the wire frame on one of them. I spent a very peaceful hour wondering what the previous owners might have been like as I unpicked their stitching. They would never have known that the same frame they were recovering would end up in the public domain like this.

 

I show you how to upcycle vintage lampshade frames into gorgeous industrial style plant stands that will look fab in any interior.

 

Finally, I used a hack saw to remove the internal wires on two of the frames but left them intact on one of the lampshade frames as I like how they look.

 

I show you how to upcycle vintage lampshade frames into gorgeous industrial style plant stands that will look fab in any interior.

 

I am using three of the wire lampshade frames to make plant stands. The rest I am keeping for another project I have in mind.

 

 

Spray painting wire lampshade frames

I used enamel spray paint to cover the wire frames. Two in glossy black and one in rose gold. Enamel paint would also work well but take a little longer.

I always use spray paints outside. If using them inside, ventilate the area well and protect the work surfaces. 

When using spray paint, thin coats give the best results and avoids drips. I find it easiest to spray the inside of the frame first.

 

I show you how to upcycle vintage lampshade frames into gorgeous industrial style plant stands that will look fab in any interior.

 

Turning wire lampshade frames into plant stands. 

You can either use your wire lampshade frames as a plant stand by merely dropping a pot into it as shown below, or by adding a top to it.

 

I show you how to upcycle vintage lampshade frames into gorgeous industrial style plant stands that will look fab in any interior.

 

I used gorgeous olive wood chopping boards as tops for two my stands. They are seconds, so only cost a few pounds each, but you’d never know by looking at them.

I marked out where I wanted each stand to go.

 

I show you how to upcycle vintage lampshade frames into gorgeous industrial style plant stands that will look fab in any interior.

 

And used a liberal amount of all-purpose glue to attach the stand and top.

 

I show you how to upcycle vintage lampshade frames into gorgeous industrial style plant stands that will look fab in any interior.

 

And here on my finished plant stands.

 

I show you how to upcycle vintage lampshade frames into gorgeous industrial style plant stands that will look fab in any interior.

 

Don’t they look gorgeous?

 

I show you how to upcycle vintage lampshade frames into gorgeous industrial style plant stands that will look fab in any interior.

 

The rose gold plant stand holds my daughter’s favourite plant pot and matches her room.

 

I show you how to upcycle vintage lampshade frames into gorgeous industrial style plant stands that will look fab in any interior.

 

And I have added an LED candle to the black stand which I think looks cute.

 

I show you how to upcycle vintage lampshade frames into gorgeous industrial style plant stands that will look fab in any interior.

 

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