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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!
Join The Conversation
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 10 years
Wow, that's pretty cool!
mizlynz mizlynz 10 years
Whoa, that looks pretty cool. Sounds like a lot of work to turn a blender into a lamp, though.
nlw nlw 10 years
Blamp?! lmao! I'd make one just bc of the name!
mdbzmom mdbzmom 10 years
Very cute! I'm going to keep an eye out for a vintage blender to try.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 10 years
That is really silly but kinda neat. I wouldn't want it in my home though.
girlboy girlboy 10 years
looks like it's something from E.T.
chancleta chancleta 10 years
I LOVE this idea! How cute! What a great way to give life to something that may be physically cute but no longer as affective as one would like! Thanks for the idea! I'm printing this one out!
rubialala rubialala 10 years
I think I would somehow electrocute myself if I tried to do this.
CestLaVie CestLaVie 10 years
Kind of cute idea but not sure I would want one. It would be a fun little project though!
ALSW ALSW 10 years
I love the craftsy idea of it, but as a whole, not a fan of the look.
demonkitty18 demonkitty18 10 years
Its cute!! but I don't know if it would look cute anywhere else besides a kitchen
studio524 studio524 10 years
That's inventive! I'm not sure if it's for me but I'm loving the originality of the idea.
vienvien vienvien 10 years
It's a nice idea but I wouldn't like to try it...not my thing
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