We’ve all been there — after trekking for hours to Ikea and lugging home a bazillion purchases, there’s one item that just isn’t quite right. In this case, a pretty glass pendant light that stubbornly refuses to hang straight, Ikea instruction manual be damned. But facing another trip just to return one thing seems wasteful and exhausting.
What to do? Hack it, of course.
After pilfering the cord and parts from this Basisk pendant lamp to use on my DIY industrial one, I was left with a lovely white glass vessel. All it needed was a few materials to plug the hole, and now it’s a modern plant pot. No Ikea return lines and no waste. Huzzah!
This DIY will work for any vessel with a too-big-hole. The secret ingredient is fiberglass window screen mesh, which you can find at any hardware store. It’s very cheap, comes in huge rolls, AND it prevents soil from falling out of the bottom of regular plant pots, too.
What You Need:
- pendant light shade
- fiberglass window screen mesh (or gardening drainage mesh, if you prefer to get all fancy and official)
- old or broken terra cotta pot
- plastic bag
- spray paint and painter’s tape, optional
What You Do:
Disassemble the pendant light. I don’t have any pictures of this step, but it basically involves unscrewing any components you can, cutting through the lamp cord, and pulling off the metal parts. It’s easy, don’t worry.
If you want to make your Ikea hack even more awesome, tape and paint a design on the shade-turned-pot. Hot neon pink is always a good choice.
Cut a piece of mesh large enough to cover the bottom of the pot, and place it over the hole.
Tie up the old terra cotta pot in a plastic bag and either drop it on the ground (outside!), or hit it with a hammer to break it. You want a variety of piece sizes, roughly quarter sized to sand-dollar sized. Bonus: breaking old terra cotta pots is very therapeutic.
Weigh down the mesh with a few pieces of terra cotta around the edges. Then, continue to layer in large and small pieces until the bottom of the pot is completely covered. My local gardening center actually recommends this for good drainage, so our hacked planters will house very healthy plants.
Add soil and a plant, and you’re done!
I dig that the soil is slightly visible through the frosted white glass, and the pink stripe makes me smile. And I always always love more plants.
What do you think of my little Ikea hack? Have you rigged up any of your own?
This project was featured on Ikea Hackers!