Introduction: IKEA HACK: Easy Lamps

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Ikea has plenty of things that can be turned into attractive lights. I loved the industrial look of the stainless steel colander, and turning it into a lamp was a breeze with IKEA's inexpensive Hemma light socket set.

At $15, this easy project can be remixed and remade in countless ways.

Step 1: Supplies

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I wanted to try a few different kinds of lights using this concept, so I grabbed a few types of stainless steel enclosures:

$5.00 HEMMA cord and light socket set

$9.99 ORDNING stainless steel colander

$3.00 VACKERT stainless steel candle holder (striped)

$3.00 VACKERT stainless steel candle holder (dotted)

Step 2: Drill Opening

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Going at a low speed on a drill press and using plenty of lubricant, a 1-1/4" hole saw was used to create an opening in the bottom of the colander. The same process was repeated on the stainless steel candle holders.

Step 3: Disassemble Socket Set

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The light socket set has a collar that threads into the neck of the socket. Unscrew the collar and feed the neck through the opening of the colander, then screw the collar back on the neck securing the socket to the colander. After, install a light bulb into the socket.

Repeat this same process with the stainless steel candle holders.

Step 4: Hang Lamps

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To hang your lamp you'll need a ceiling hook or beam to drape the power cord through, then plug into the wall directly or into a power switch.

Let there be light!


david.claus.140 (author)2016-12-20

Hmm, looks like I stole your idea without knowing it. Just finished this today and now found your instructable while searching for a next project. :)

Great ideas are hard to keep down! Looking good, and I love the light pattern on the ceiling.

violetsmuse (author)2016-08-02

If I don't have a drill press can I use something else? I reallylovethese!

mikeasaurus (author)violetsmuse2016-08-02

A handheld power drill will also work. Make sure to secure your work before drilling, it can spin out as you drill break through.

violetsmuse (author)mikeasaurus2016-08-02

Thank you!

BartholomewH (author)2015-06-12

I love such IKEA furnishing hacks. Your final result looks awesome.
Ave IKEA ah? :)

michaelgc (author)2014-09-17

Beautiful and easy work, Thanks

YOSOYPEPO (author)2014-08-28

ha quedado espectacular

mikeasaurus (author)YOSOYPEPO2014-08-28

se ve muy bien en su cocina

RWSmith13 (author)2014-07-17

You might want to try some Edison Bulbs in these for the look!

doodlecraft (author)2014-06-29

Oh how I need to live closer to an Ikea! :) Love them all!

twocvbloke (author)doodlecraft2014-07-13

You're always close to an ikea when you use their website (I like looking on there for things I really don't need, like their Tertial worklamps, got three of them cos they're so cheap and useful!!)... :D

deshevo (author)2014-06-30

This type of colander, bigger, in our village the women use to wash cloths in local stream. It works very well. Not in winter.

nanaof2 (author)2014-06-27

These look great. I have used old wire baskets in one room I decorated for a family and used the replica bulbs to add more character. Great post, thank you for sharing.

zappenfusen (author)2014-06-25

Useful where no ceiling box available though would look best with canopy and permanent install. Needs Led bulb! Great looking fixture as it easily adds to instead of distracts from decor. Gawd Awful Hampton Bay actually sells much worse for 4X your cost.

robbadooz (author)2014-06-23

Okay! Good project but I am stuck as to connecting them to the ceiling if I want to replace the ceiling light. Can you give me a little schematic? Thanks.

mikeasaurus (author)robbadooz2014-06-23

The IKEA Hemma lights plug into a wall socket, and can be hung by a ceiling hook.

robbadooz (author)mikeasaurus2014-06-23

Thanks for getting back to me. I figured that what you were talking about were the plug ins but what if you got the fixtures for replacing a ceiling fixture.
That's okay, though. I got a book on electrical wiring and I'm all set now. Thanks again for sharing your idea.

The Rambler (author)2014-06-23

This is awesome. I have been on the lookout for metal bowls at thrift stores that I could cut designs into and turn into pendant lights but I never thought about repurposing things like candle holders and colanders.

craftyv (author)2014-06-22

Love it. The industrial look appeals to me and this is a great hack.

thebeatonpath (author)2014-06-22

Absolutely love this! So cool and inexpensive, yet looks like it cost a boat load of money. Just sad that the closest IKEA to me is four hours away. I could do some serious monetary damage in that store!

blanchae (author)2014-06-22

That is pretty cool. Thanks for sharing.

daxxvondrachen (author)2014-06-22

occaisionally Ikea gets some interesting trash cans that would work also...great job!!!! Probably won't work with a crock pot LOL!!!

imperio (author)2014-06-22

Bella lampada!

ma ..... in Italia, preferiamo usare, per il "pastaciutta"!


bricobart (author)2014-06-19

Min mormor har en ful hund och dålig andedräkt!

mikeasaurus (author)bricobart2014-06-19

Var snäll mot din farmor! :)

bricobart (author)mikeasaurus2014-06-19

Oroa dig inte, hon vet att jag älskar henne. Och en dag som hund blir fin väska! ;)

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)2014-06-18

I always wanted to steal some of these utensils from my mom's kitchen and make something like this :). Now I have more motivation.

These lamps are awesome :) Thanks Mike.

I like the idea of returning things taken in a new form. If you do this share a picture, I'm sure she'd love it!

Sure :)

vincent7520 (author)2014-06-18

funny ! I made the same a few years ago with the same IKea colander !!!

Top bad i left it in my former house, would have posted a pic.

But I can vouch to all hackers : it works perfect !!!

mikeasaurus (author)vincent75202014-06-19

I want to make a few more and have them in my kitchen. They are fun.

sunshiine (author)2014-06-19

I like all of them but my favorite is the main image. Thanks for sharing Mike. Have a great week.


They look awesome!

Passion Make (author)2014-06-18

Super Easy and looking awesome!

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