Make a Garden Pot into a Pendant Lamp

Robin Horton
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 garden pot lamps

* As part of our ongoing Stretch Gardening series, we have invited some of our favorite garden bloggers to contribute to the Garden Club. This week, Robin Plaskoff Horton, of Urban Gardens, shows us how to turn old garden pots into stylish pendant lamps .*

Here’s fun and useful way to repurpose those old garden pots and bring a bit of garden to an indoor room. For a designer show house where I helped convert a potting shed into a creative garden retreat, I upcycled some ordinary terracotta garden pots into pendant lamps.

It was easy: I reclaimed a few used pots, turned them upside down and added a ceiling cord set. I then hung the ceiling pendant lamps at different lengths, but you can hang a single one or several evenly in a row.

What You Need:

• Terracotta Garden Pots
• Drill
• Ceiling Cord Set or Make-a-Lamp Kit
• Toggle bolt hooks or Steel Ceiling Swivel Driller Hook
 
Instructions:

Note: You will likely need to enlarge the drainage hole on the bottom of the pot to accommodate the cord socket. Do so delicately, so you don’t break the pot.

1. Soak the bottom of a terracotta pot in water for one hour to soften the clay for drilling.

2. Enlarge the hole with a conical rasp or file (or Dremel 562 tile cutting bit). Note: Brush off the pot to clean away the drilling residue and let it dry out thoroughly before using it as a lamp.

3. Place the cord socket through the hole of the pot.

garden pot with light cord

  • Gently squeeze the metal ears on socket and insert the socket into the hole.
  • Release pressure on the ears.
  • Install a light bulb (75 watt maximum)

terracotta pot with bulb

4. If you want a bit of extra hold, add a bead of sealant around the circumference of the pot opening where it meets the cord socket.

5. Hang the pendant lamps using strong ceiling hooks and then run the cord as inconspicuously as possible (across the ceiling and down the corner of the wall) to the nearest outlet. Alternatively, the lamps can be hard wired directly into the ceiling.

6. Optional: hide the power cord. You can place some inexpensive narrow molding over the cord, then paint it to match your wall. Alternatively, you can wrap the cord in something to make it a decorative element—like one of those scrunchy chandelier cord covers, or try wrapping the cord in jute or another type of decorative string.

Robin Plaskoff Horton’s award-winning and Webby-nominated blog, Urban Gardens, is a lifestyle story told from the ground up. A mix of urban style, design, and nature, Urban Gardens is about the whole circle: from planting a seed to cultivating an urban garden; harvesting, cooking, and then serving it all up in style, with cool design objects in stylish outdoor rooms and indoor gardens. Urban Gardens explores the world’s most captivating destinations, to see, taste, and experience multi-culturally, what the global creative universe is growing and serving up in their own particular style. Robin contributes to Houzz, Garden Design, and has been a featured curator for social commerce sites, Pickie and Luvocracy.

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