Recycled By Design

  • Downhome Magazine
  • Posted: May 20, 2011 2:21 PM
Antique stained-glass church window ($300, from eBay) backlit with LED rope lighting ($200, from The Lamp Post) provides an ultra-low energy light fixture (carpentry by Rees' Renovations & Restoration)

Our ancestors didn't believe in throwing anything away if it could be put to new use. They called it being practical, today we call it recycling to save the planet. In the June 2011 issue, Robert O'Connor takes us on a tour of handmade antiques, and shows us how we can make our own recycled furnishings that may be admired by future generations. Here is one more unique recycled project.

LED-ed Stained Glass

Old leaded stained-glass windows can be reused as one-of-a-kind light fixtures, that provide more brilliant colours than can be made with modern methods. The window can be mounted over a coil of modern rope LED lighting. The LED light rope can then be plugged into an electrical outlet, providing a window of stunning rainbow light, on even the province's more cloudy days.


See the June 2011 issue for seven more projects that turn things of old into new.