Introduction: Blender Lamp

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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.

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 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.

Step 5: Remove Motor

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With the blender base disassembled, remove the motor. You might have to cut wire and remove more screws, but this is simple and should only require a screw driver and pliers with wire cutters.

The motor will get in the way of the light socket. Although, the weight of the motor would be nice to give the lamp stability, it does fine without. You can always add something else for weight if you wish.

Step 6: Create Hole for Light Socket to Reside

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Now you'll need to cut a hole in the top of the blender base where the light socket will go. You need to measure the diameter of the socket and cut the hole accordingly. I used a dremel to make this hole. It was fast and easy. The hole doesn't need to be perfect. It just needs to be big enough for the socket to fit through, but not too big that the socket cover, when it screws on and holds it in place, falls through.

Keep testing the hole with the socket until you get it the right size.

Step 7: Place the Light Socket

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With the hole cut to the right size, fit the socket through the hole from the bottom up. Screw the socket cover over the socket until a nice tight fit. The socket should now be in place.

Step 8: Reassemble the Bottom Housing

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With the light socket in place, screw the bottom housing back into place as it originally was. Make sure that the cord doesn't get in the way and exits the inner housing through the hole in the back (or bottom depending on the blender).

Step 9: Find a Light Blub to Use

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Now that the blender lamp is all put back together, find a new light bulb and screw it in.

Step 10: Place Blender Jar on Base

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Place blender jar back on base over light bulb. Careful not to bang the bulb and break it when taking the jar off and on.

Step 11: Complete Assembly

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Put the lid back on top of the jar. Since I used a CFL (Compact Fluorescent Light) it burns a lot cooler and shouldn't be a problem with this lid in place when the lamp is on. Feel free to keep it off if you want.

Step 12: Looks Like a Normal Blender...

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The blender lamp is now ready for display.

Step 13: The Blender Lamp

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Pretty cool. Instead of throwing your blender in the garbage, you've recycled it into fun, attractive lighting! I have this on my desk at work and get lots of oohs and ahhs.


Scout130b (author)2016-12-15

How do you wire the buttons to work as the on/off switch?

Yonatan24 (author)2015-10-18

Finally... Someone that doesn't use Incandescent light-bulbs :)

dolabil66 (author)2012-06-30

HAHA....that is cool ! nice idea

frdmrckr (author)2011-06-19

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

zomfibame (author)2011-02-17

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.

bennelson (author)2011-01-12

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.

flio191 (author)2010-01-04

The real question is... will it blend?

yes but you will get broken glass everywhere

tadhg2 (author)2008-08-13

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)tadhg22008-08-14

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 (author)defpotec2008-08-14

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,

opanocat5 (author)tadhg22009-11-21

Or a toaster! XD

tadhg2 (author)tadhg22008-09-19

now thats a good idea !!!!!

NSB (author)tadhg22008-08-23

Or, you could make it so each button made it light up a different color.

Derin (author)defpotec2009-08-18

I always thought that the P meant "park" LOL

bovine (author)2008-05-21

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 (author)bovine2008-08-13

hahaha i just posted a comment saying exactly the same thing !, hey great minds think alike !

birtlong (author)2008-07-17

I voted for your lamp!! Very awesome!!

itobor2525 (author)2008-06-11

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)itobor25252008-06-14

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!

Etcetera (author)2008-06-08

I'm almost there, I have everything, but cannot get my motor out of my blender.

SerJ (author)2008-06-05

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?

defpotec (author)SerJ2008-06-05

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 (author)defpotec2008-06-05

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!

boondyke69 (author)2008-05-30

You could even do glass ecthing (it it is glass) inside the blender.... like a hamster climbing out... or frogs "help" ... lol

dorothyvance (author)boondyke692008-06-01

Or a little color part way up like you were making strawberry milkshakes or something!

Etcetera (author)2008-05-30

Well, I'm definitely off to the garage, to grab that ancient one!

Friedo (author)2008-05-22

Sweet idea. Props!

tredfarmer (author)2008-05-21

This is amazing! I might just buy a blender just to turn it into a lamp! thanks.

mwwdesign (author)2008-05-21

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.

defpotec (author)mwwdesign2008-05-21

From one industrial designer to another..thanks for the compliment!!

mwwdesign (author)defpotec2008-05-21

I knew there was some real genius behind it ;)

DIY Dave (author)2008-05-21

great idea

Weissensteinburg (author)2008-05-21

Nice! Our blender is starting to go, so i'll have to commandeer it when we get a new one.

aphrael (author)2008-05-21

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 :)

shooby (author)2008-05-20

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)shooby2008-05-21

That was my original 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!

mefromliny (author)2008-05-21

What a great idea. I just did it and it completes my kitchen renovation. Great job! Ken

PKM (author)2008-05-21

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 :)

Brennn10 (author)2008-05-21

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.

NeonLime (author)2008-05-21

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

darkmuskrat (author)2008-05-20


21GeeOff21 (author)2008-05-20

this is pretty cool. you should try and add one of those spinning shdow things in the middle kinda like one of these to give it that spinning blender effect

LinuxH4x0r (author)2008-05-20

A little odd, but still, its awesome!

Sunbanks (author)2008-05-20

THat is totally awesome!!

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