Look out - I'm getting artsy. This usually doesn't work out well. But fingers crossed.
I got this idea from the latest issue of Sunset magazine, which had a feature on using recycled materials in the garden, including an old glass light fixture-turned-planter:
It just so happened that we had two old ceiling light fixtures sitting outside from our renovations. I'd originally put them on Craigslist, but didn't get any bites (who knew - there just isn't a huge demand for 1970s gold-rimmed light fixtures). I thought about just throwing them out, but felt guilty because they were both still functioning and so ended up holding onto them. When I came across this photo I got inspired and headed outside to see what I could do:
And there ya go - crappy 70s light fixtures become glass planters! It was pretty simple - one snip through the wires and they just unscrewed. I'll probably end up throwing out the wires, but at least the entire fixtures won't end up in the landfill.