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Ikea Planter DIY Into Lamp

See How We Re-Styled This $5 Hanging Planter From IKEA

As part of our Styled by You $500 Giveaway with Ikea, Angela and I have been rethinking and restyling some IKEA products, thinking beyond the flatpack. Today, I'm sharing my first project, which was made from the SKURAR Hanging Planter. ($5).


I love this product's design and lacy detailing and have long admired the easy switcheroo that turns this planter into a hanging lamp. At least, it seemed easy when I read about it. But would this project prove to be harder than it looked?

Keep reading to see how my project with the SKURAR Hanging Planter turned out.

To create the new lampshade from the planter, I started by using a large drill bit to drill a hole through the domed portion of the planter. This was definitely the less-than-perfect part of the project, as I drilled several holes into the domed metal, and then used a pair of tin snips to cut a round hole in the top. It wasn't a perfect circle, but it worked fine for threading through the cord set.

I used a high lacquer metal spray paint (this Krylon spray paint is similar) on the exterior of the planter. Before painting, I covered the interior with newspaper and tape so the interior white color would remain and help reflect light. I also sanded the metal so the spray paint would stick to the surface.

Isn't the contrast nice?

I wanted to make the cord something worthy of attention, not something that was an eyesore (as cord sets can often be). I turned to embroidery floss for this task — and believe me, it was a task! I bought six different shades of blue floss, and carefully wrapped the floss in an ombre pattern from the top of the cord set to the end of the cord. I started with the lightest blue, and ended with the deepest navy. In the first photo, you can see the ombre variation on the covered cord. To secure the cord, I used a glue gun at the beginning and the end of each entire length of floss.

As you can see in this photo, my wrapping job wasn't absolutely perfect, but it still looks great as an entire project. But be prepared: wrapping a cord in embroidery floss is tedious! It will also make your arm sore. I recommend wrapping the cord in three or four different sessions, and distracting yourself from the tedium with a few good podcasts or the company of friends. It took 12 skeins of embroidery floss to cover my cord.

Are you inspired yet? Get started on your own IKEA projects by entering our contest!

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Elka-Karl Elka-Karl 3 years
 @CourtneyOutLoud Courtney, I love that idea! It would also be cool to braid or twist the three ombre cords. However, that's a lot of embroidery floss wrapping . . . my arm's getting sore just thinking about it!  
lauren lauren 3 years
oh this looks so good! Love this idea!
Noria-Morales Noria-Morales 3 years
that looks so  good!
CourtneyOutLoud CourtneyOutLoud 3 years
I love the idea.  Now if you did a grouping of three of these in a corner for a teen's room or laundry room - it would totally pop!
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