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DIY: From Blender to Blamp

This one is an oldie but goodie. I tore the instructions out of ReadyMade magazine about three years ago, and ever since, I've been meaning to make a lamp out of my old avocado-green blender. Procrastination aside, this project is too great not to share; if you manage to get yours done before I do, I'd love to see the results.

ReadyMade suggests raiding an old lamp for parts, though you can easily buy all of your supplies at a hardware store, and don't forget to make sure the blender is unplugged before disassembling it! For a list of what you'll need and step-by-step instructions,

The Blamp
via ReadyMade

What You'll Need

  • Old blender
  • Fluorescent bulb
  • Lamp socket with 1/8" holder attached
  • 8' Lamp cord with plug
  • 1/8" threaded steel nipple (2" to 4" long)
  • 2 1/8" nuts
  • Washers that fit over the threaded rod
  • Drill and small bits
  • Phillips and flathead screwdrivers
  • Pliers
  • Nut driver

Make It

  1. Remove the blade assembly from the carafe. Use a nut driver to remove the cap nut. Turn the carafe upside down and remove that assembly, too. The carafe should now be free of metal.
  2. Turn the blender base over and unscrew the bottom plate. Remove everything inside but the buttons. Tear out any wiring and remove the power cord.
  3. If the blender has rubber bumpers in the base that are attached to the motor frame, improvise a method that leaves the bumpers intact once the motor is removed. [ReadyMade suggests detaching and hot-gluing them in place.]
  4. Time for a bath. Clean the blender base housing, bumpers, carafe, and lid. Dry all parts well.
  5. Screw one of the nuts most of the way down the threaded nipple shaft, add one of the washers, and feed the loose end of the lamp cord through the nipple.
  6. Feed the nipple assembly through the bottom of the blender base and up through the hole, then through the bottom of the carafe. (The washer should stop the assembly from going all the way through.) Place the other washer on the end of the shaft poking up through the carafe and tightly secure with a screw.
  7. Split the end of your cord into two wires to form a Y. With the blender base and carafe on their side, thread the split cord through the socket holder and wire the socket.
  8. Pull the cord taut. Screw the lamp socket onto the threaded nipple. Screw in the bulb.
  9. Drill a few vent holes in the blender's lid to prevent overheating.
  10. Replace the lid, plug in, and frappé!
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