10 Creative Uses for Old Lamps

Add Some Holiday Cheer

Any holiday you can think of is made better with a little creative decorating. This idea is for those lamps with lovely pendants or drops of any kind. It's easy to transform them into decorations perfect for a holiday tree, wreaths or even earrings, depending on the side of the drops.

You'll need the following items:

  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Craft wire
  • Magnifying glass
  • Sewing needle
  • Small craft beads
  • Straight earring hooks

Examine the pendants attached to your lamp. Taking your pliers, gently open the small connecting rings at the spot where you want to salvage the pendant. Slip the pendant off the adjoining wire. Leave the pendant's connecting ring slightly open.

Using craft wire, attach the pendants to a blank wreath or enhance another pre-decorated wreath. If you want to use the glass beads individually, remove from pendant with pliers and attach to wreath with hot glue gun.

For earrings: Use as much of the pendant as you desire, add or subtract beads, filling gaps with different colored craft beads for effect. At the top of each earring, open the connection ring and slip ends through earring hooks, squeezing tightly to close when finished [source: Stringing].

With a little creativity, antique or retro pendants from lamps can be used as ornaments

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