Published on December 17th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


The ‘just-so-I-can-say-I-hacked-something’ light

Materials: Ordning cutlery caddy, Hemma table lamp base, cheap plastic folder

Description: I stumbled on this website a few weeks ago, and decided I had to do one. I’ve seen some very creative ideas, as well as some not-so-much, but I admire everyone for trying.

Perhaps I’ll do something else on a grander scale, but for my first hack I just wanted to do something cheap and easy.

Get an Ordning caddy for 2.99 and a Hemma table lamp base for $5.

Now grab yourself a plastic folder (mine was mostly clear, just to diffuse the light.) $0.50 at Big Lots. You can use colored if you want for a different look. Cut it just wide enough to line the inside of the Ordning and it will slide under the lip. Otherwise you could use glue to secure it I suppose.

Use the collar from the hemma lamp base and trace a circle onto the bottom of the Ordning. I used a Dremmel tool to cut out and sand the hole.

Put the rest of the lamp together and….

I think it turned out pretty decent, also makes some nice light patterns on the wall. Not bad for $8.49 plus tax. Thought about making it a hanging light as well, maybe a couple over the counter in the kitchen…

~ Steve B., Tacoma, WA

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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".

7 Responses to The ‘just-so-I-can-say-I-hacked-something’ light

  1. great, it`s exactly what I´m looking for;-)

  2. eldorel says:

    Looks nice, I may have to do something similar.

    I’m a little concerned about that binder plastic melting or catching fire.

    Does it get hot at all, or is the bulb wattage too low for that?

  3. jay says:

    ” I’ve seen some very creative ideas, as well as some not-so-much, but I admire everyone for trying.”

    Wow, that’s really passive-aggressive, especially considering the post that followed. Is that kind of attitude really necessary or constructive?

  4. Evelien says:

    Very nice! Especially the idea of making them into hanging lamps and using different color plastics! Perfect for my daughter’s bedroom!

    Too bad I don’t have a Dremel, but I’ll find someone who can help me with that ;-)

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