Published on August 26th, 2008 | by Jules Yap


Dishy lamps

Jim makes some cute lamps from Ikea.

He writes, “The first is a lamp I made for my sister’s kitchen from an Ordning colander. I’m pretty sure the base is from someplace else (Target). I have never lived within 2 hours drive of an Ikea, so I tend to stock up cool-looking stuff in hopes that I find a use for it.

Pretty straightforward project, but with especially pleasing results due to the industrial look of the colander – the long, straight sides are particularly pleasing, I think. For quick and easy colander-to-lampshade conversion, it is best to look for a colander that already has a hole in the center. Otherwise, drilling will be required. In this case, I only had to enlarge the hole to fit the harp of the lamp base.

The second is of a lampshade made from old Art history slides – my Father-in-Law taught Art History but long ago switched to computer presentation. In this particular picture, the lamp base is also probably from Target, but it should work just fine using an Alang base. The slides are attached together with jewelry-making split rings through holes make with a tiny hole punch. I have made a couple of versions of this lampshade as gifts, and gave up on the hole punch. Now, I can drill through ten slides at a time with my Dremel tool and drillpress. The slides are attached to the frame of a lampshade. The trickiest part of this project is making sure to find a lampshade frame that attaches to the lamp base from the top – most inexpensive shades actually attach at the bottom of the shade – since the web of slides does not provide and structural support, this doesn’t work too well.

And, of course, like every table lamp in our home, the light bulbs are Ikea Sparsam compact fluorescents. I like the color and output of the bulbs and the ‘looks like a real light bulb’ outer shell.

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

11 Responses to Dishy lamps

  1. Raphael says:

    I love these Ikea hacking ideas. Great design at affordable prices.

  2. Mosaic says:

    Beautiful, I want one of those in my room.

  3. i love with the second lamp, it is more decorative and elegant, it can transform the entire place and make it look beautiful and fabulous.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Both the lamps are Good designed but you did not mention about their cost because I like it and want for my house!
    U Lamps

  5. Jim says:

    I don’t agree that it looks silly, keeping the handles was smart, very creative.

  6. liZZie says:

    Yep, I think you would have been better removing the handles off the colander, otherwise I like it a lot.

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  8. Miles Johnson says:

    Both lamps are fun and relatively simple- great inspiration for anyone with even modest skilss greater than their decorating budget.
    Thank you for the ongoing inspiration!

  9. Anonymous says:

    It looks a little silly. Maybe if you took the handles off and put a fitted cover on the bottom of the colander it would look more like a shade.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Does the second one actually count as an Ikea hack? The only Ikea item used is the lightbulb…

    Both are very cool looking though

  11. Nice Lamps !!
    I would like to show u some other Modern Lightings & Lamps

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