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Don't throw away that blender just because you want a new one! Turn it into a lamp! I'll show you how easy it can be to turn your blender into a light source.
 
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Step 1: Prepare the blender jar

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I chose to use this attractive Back to Basics Ice Master 3000 Blender for my lamp. I highly recommend Back to Basics blenders/smoothie makers!

You can choose to leave the blender jar as is, meaning a glossy, transparent glass. I think a frosted look adds a little more and helps to diffuse the light so it's not so bright and harsh.

I had this particular jar sandblasted at a local trophy/sign shop. Since I used to work there I got it done for free, so I'm not sure how much something like that would cost. I blasted the inside and out to give it a nice frosted look.

Step 2: Get a light socket, cord, switch and plug

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I looked around for cheap parts at places like Home Depot and Lowes for these parts, but couldn't find anything worthwhile. Lo and behold, IKEA--came through! Go to the 'As-Is' section and look through their baskets of misc. parts and hopefully you'll find these! They're extra parts from some of their lighting. It's all one perfect useful piece. It's exactly what I was looking for. A socket, switch, cord and plug on the end ready to use! And yes, that price does say $.19! I would have spent all kinds of money at Home Depot for these same parts to assemble myself. Blessed Ikea! I pick these things up every time I'm at Ikea. For 19 cents, you cannot go wrong!

The only thing is that they come in white only...at least that I've found.

Step 3: Remove blade assembly

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Once your blender jar is frosted and ready, reassemble the base without the blades.

Step 4: Remove bottom housing

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With a screw driver, remove the bottom housing.
dolabil661 year ago
HAHA....that is cool ! nice idea
frdmrckr2 years ago
Ive done this with a toaster and a coffee maker now. ha ha. press the toaster lever down and the light turns on, the heat setting is a dimmer. its fun stuff
zomfibame3 years ago
dude, cool instructable. last year I did the EXACT same thing. my model of blender is a little different and I used the HI-LOW switch on my blender as the ON-OFF switch, (it was rated for some pretty high amperage so I figured it was good for a CFL light switch. and I epoxy-glued an old-school ceramic socket in mine instead of a little plastic one like yours) but other than that mine was the exact same thing. great minds think alike I guess. ...... I'll try n' see if I can't get some pics to share. ..... I glued the glass part in place and just lift the lid to change the bulb. ... I'd thought about using the Blend, Puree, Mix, switches to work as a dimmer of sorts but figured that would not work with a CFL so I nixed that idea.
bennelson3 years ago
Other ways to "frost" the pitcher -

If it is plastic, lightly sand the inside with a fine grit paper.

For either plastic or glass, you can use a "spray paint" designed to frost bathroom windows for privacy. It also works well with masks and stencils to create frosted designs.
flio1914 years ago
The real question is... will it blend?
yes but you will get broken glass everywhere
tadhg25 years ago
this is sweeet !!! i love the idea !!!! what would be really cool is if you had the buttons on the front of the blender turned the light on and off !!! ... i'll have to incorporate that into the design when i do it !
defpotec (author)  tadhg25 years ago
I actually made another one and did incorporate the controls on the front to turn the light on and off. It's cool, because you can "pulse" the blender and make the light "pulse" or one of the other buttons turns the light on and off repeatedly over and over. I guess for when you want to blend for a second and have the motor stop and then blend for a second and stop over and over. Kind of cool!
tadhg2 defpotec5 years ago
sweet, i never thought of having the different buttons do stuff like that. i really want to do this.. now all i need is an old blender,
Or a toaster! XD
tadhg2 tadhg25 years ago
now thats a good idea !!!!!
NSB tadhg25 years ago
Or, you could make it so each button made it light up a different color.
Derin defpotec4 years ago
I always thought that the P meant "park" LOL
bovine5 years ago
Wicked cool, can't wait to "liberate" on of these beauties from someone's trash and try this myself. Although I think I'll run the power through one of the switches on the base instead of using the inline switch. great tute
tadhg2 bovine5 years ago
hahaha i just posted a comment saying exactly the same thing !, hey great minds think alike !
birtlong5 years ago
I voted for your lamp!! Very awesome!!
itobor25255 years ago
This is a great idea and instructable. I completed my lamp for outdoor use in the summer. I spray painted the jar w/yellow paint and painted a beach scene (tropical isle) on the front.(photo to follow). I'm completeing a second one as match to 'bookend' the table. I just started making one for my son's college dorm ('Go Pitt!). I'll put in a three way socket and use a 3 way CFL.
defpotec (author)  itobor25255 years ago
Awesome! I'm curious to see the photos! Your son will be known throughout the dorms as the guy with the cool lamp in his room!
Etcetera5 years ago
I'm almost there, I have everything, but cannot get my motor out of my blender.
SerJ5 years ago
heres mine :) version 2, i left the mains cable wired into the blender switch, and into the breaker switch under the blender jar. if the jar is moved, the light goes off, just like the blender would. also, the 0, 1 and 2 switch positions still apply, - 1 is at 50% brightness, and 2 burns at the 100%, in my case 100W. the pictures dont exactly show this, as was photographed in daylight. looks ok, just need to get the 'sandblasting' effect on the jar now somehow.... any ideas?
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defpotec (author)  SerJ5 years ago
Hey, nice job! Looks like you're a little more savvy when it comes to rewiring things-the dimming functionality is great! I assume your blender jar is plastic? You can take it somewhere to get it blasted, but that would probably be too expensive. They have etching-like spray paint (I've never used it though). You might want to try that on something else first to make sure it works and looks good. Or perhaps take some sandpaper to the blender jar, which would take some time and patience. Good luck...nice looking blender...what brand?
SerJ defpotec5 years ago
thanks!, the blender is the cheapest 11 euro blender that they sell here in the netherlands, branded HEMA (sort of a supermarket, its their own brand). i've never done anything to do with electrics before, and was worried to blow the fuses in my house or something on the first power-up :) have to watch out for any smells or buzzing coming from it now, in case ive done something wrong.. :) wasnt hard to wire in, i left the native blender plug and the cable attached to it, going to the switch which regulates the power supply by itself, and just instead of the motor wired in the light socket contacts. have to get some sandpaper now :) thanks again for the great idea!
boondyke695 years ago
You could even do glass ecthing (it it is glass) inside the blender.... like a hamster climbing out... or frogs "help" ... lol
Or a little color part way up like you were making strawberry milkshakes or something!
Etcetera5 years ago
Well, I'm definitely off to the garage, to grab that ancient one!
Friedo5 years ago
Sweet idea. Props!
tredfarmer5 years ago
This is amazing! I might just buy a blender just to turn it into a lamp! thanks.
mwwdesign5 years ago
Brilliant! Sorry for the pun. As an industrial (product) designer, I say this is one of the best ideas I have seen on here. Superb.
Too bad Readymade magazine did this about 4 years ago...
defpotec (author)  mwwdesign5 years ago
From one industrial designer to another..thanks for the compliment!!
I knew there was some real genius behind it ;)
DIY Dave5 years ago
great idea
Nice! Our blender is starting to go, so i'll have to commandeer it when we get a new one.
aphrael5 years ago
it looks like you're making some kind of radioactive milkshake :P this is awesome though, I love the simplicity of it and the way making it into a lamp completely takes the blender out of the context of its function. Now I have to wait for my blender to break :)
shooby5 years ago
Nice work! I would incorporate the switch into the blender buttons though, to complete the effect. More oohs and aaahs when you go to turn it on in front of someone, and the switch is more easily located.
defpotec (author)  shooby5 years ago
That was my original intent...to incorporate the buttons on the front to turn the light on and off, but I'm not very knowledgeable with that type of stuff. But it would be even cooler that way!
mefromliny5 years ago
What a great idea. I just did it and it completes my kitchen renovation. Great job! Ken
PKM5 years ago
Ooh.. simple, unusual and purty- I like it.

(shoots self in foot slightly)
This would go well in the "Make it Glow" competition to win some sweet bike wheel light things. I've got a vaguely similar project I'm meaning to write up and enter for that competition, hence the self-foot-shootings, but I will acknowledge that yours is cooler than mine :)
Brennn105 years ago
This rules!!! I just happen to have an old blender, so I must ask my authoritative figures (ie parents) if I could make it into a lamp.
NeonLime5 years ago
I Would DEFIANTLY Do That If i Had A Spare Blender :O Also If You Cant Find The Stuff At Ikea, Buy A Cheap Small Lamp (I Got 3 For Like $1.50 Each//About 85 Pence) And Broke It Open :D
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