Remember 'Nigella Lights'?

Nell JeanMay 3, 2014

Years ago Nigella Lights were the rage on Garden Junk. Nigella put glass light fixture shades in a small bowl or saucer, tucked in a candle and Nigella Lights were born. They lined dark walkways and lit garden areas.

They still work, they're still pretty in the dark. I've improved mine by filling a tuna can with sand, inserting a votive candle and then placing the bottom of the light shade in the sand a little way. Easy. Fun. Cheap. I have boxes of light shades bought at thrift stores over a number of years.

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Nell Jean

Here's a simple how-to for Nigella LIghts

and a display of some completed lights.

The light at lower left uses a saucer, no sand because the shade is larger and looked overbalanced on a tuna can. There's really no 'right' way to do this.

    Bookmark   May 3, 2014 at 9:24PM
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Shades_of_idaho(4/5)

Those are really cute.

    Bookmark   May 3, 2014 at 10:20PM
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marylee_2010

Very pretty and so easy! I love them. Thank you for sharing. Marylee

    Bookmark   May 4, 2014 at 7:49AM
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averil(8b)

Great idea! Looks lovely on the shelving
Kind regards
Averil

    Bookmark   May 4, 2014 at 1:24PM
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oldcrafty(8)

Those look very nice. Good idea as the thrift stores are full of light globes like that

    Bookmark   May 5, 2014 at 3:40PM
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Marlene Kindred

Great idea for using some of those old light globes! Thanks.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2014 at 5:14PM
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concretenprimroses(4B NH)

Very pretty! Painting the cans is a good idea too.
Kathy

    Bookmark   May 7, 2014 at 5:20PM
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nonacook(8bFL)

I kept in touch with Nigella for awhile after she left this forum. She lives about 50 miles from me and we had visited a couple of times.
I still miss her on this forum. I have a couple of plants I got from her in my garden. We had such a hard freeze this year I was afraid one would not come back--BUT it DID! Yea!!!!

Your lights are GREAT!!!!

    Bookmark   May 8, 2014 at 8:13AM
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Nell Jean

Nona Cook, did you know that Nigella died in January? I decided to look for her after I started this thread, and came across the bad news.

I thought Margaret was such a talented person. She had turned to jewelry-making and her work was exquisite. I enjoyed visiting her ingenious greenhouse and her plants by way of Garden Web and am sorry now that I never ordered any of her Begonias. I found a picture the other day that I'd saved of a Christmas Cactus growing in an old teapot that was hers.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2014 at 12:31PM
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nonacook(8bFL)

I did not know that!
How did you find out?
Thanks for telling me.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2014 at 4:04PM
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kathi_mdgd

Love those lights as well.

Sorry to hear that nigella passed,she was sooooooooooooo talented,may she rest in peace.
kathi

    Bookmark   May 10, 2014 at 9:39PM
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