Re-purposing Scrap to Make a Lamp

Introduction: Re-purposing Scrap to Make a Lamp

About: I grew up in the country and after my grandmother's passing, realized how much information was lost with her. I am by no means skilled or an expert but I love to create. I hope some of the knowledge I recove...

This is a lamp I made out of scraps laying around my shop and the colader (strainer) I paid $0.25 for a yard sale.

Step 1: Prepping the Colander

I always seem to see colanders at yard sales so i decided to pick one up (paid .25 for it). All I had to do here was drill at 3/8" hole to allow for the wire to go through and two holes for the outlet to bolt to the colander.

Step 2: Wire It Up

I had a pull string light socket laying around from a previous project, but you can get one for $2 at the box stores. I used a butter tub lid that I cut out as an extra insulator to prevent accidental grounding. I cannot emphasize enough make sure that the wires are covered and not exposed. Wire it per the socket instructions.

Step 3: Try It Out

Once I had it wired up I just used some twine I had lying around to act as the down cords. I will replace these with chains once I find some scrap I like. With a low draw bulb it still puts out a lot of light and a nice pattern on the ceiling.

Step 4: Add a Diffuser

I noticed that with the light hanging the bulb was a little bright and rather than lower the output of the bulbs I decided I would add a diffuser. I was kind of at a loss as to what to use, but luckily my dog has given me an idea. When she's done with the cone I will cut it down to size and repurpose it as well. :)

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    6 years ago on Introduction

    Putting the cone in it is so smart! I think that will work really well :)


    Reply 5 years ago

    thank you :) I love looking through your projects :)