Next up in our guest post series, we have a very familiar face - Ryan Marchand, a store employee! If you're a regular customer, you'll surely know him by his cheeky antics. Somedays Ryan comes to work dressed as a Hobbit, other days he brings his ukulele; he's always coming up with something creative. This time, it's a new light fixture for the store. At Sunflower we love repurposing, so this old colander turned lamp tutorial is right up our alley.
Let's find out how he does it...
Good day, Sunflower Readers!
My name is Ryan Marchand, perhaps you might have seen me doing various jobs in and around Sunflower Natural Foods. A handy man I am not, quite, but I’ll say that I particularly enjoy the types of tasks that require screwdrivers and hammers. Well, for today’s post, I get to do just that!
Perhaps you’ve seen our store, and know that our organic bulk spices are plentiful and diverse. We have recently moved the store around to accommodate some new additions, and the beloved spice shelves have been forced slightly out of the limelight and over to the back end of the store. Solution to bring them back into focus? New light fixture! I’d be lying if I’d said that the prospect didn’t entice me. What’s more, who wants to purchase a new one when we have (pretty much) everything we need right in front of us! For this tutorial, I’ve taken a simple thrifted colander and transmuted it into the GREATEST light fixture in the entire…store. I’ve even cut out any cutting of metal typically associated with similar projects, so you won’t need anything more than simple supplies, your good taste, and your savvy-upcycling wit!
Here’s the supply breakdown:
1 thrifted or otherwise cast-off colander
1 lamp cord kit from your local hardware store
1 energy efficient lightbulb
1 screwdriver (philips or flathead, depending on the cord kit)
Now, we begin!
If your colander has no handles, that’s perfect! If it has two opposite handles, that’s also perfect! But if your colander has only one handle, as some do, you might find that your finished product will be lopsided. Fortunately, old colanders are weak enough that you can pull them off by hand or with your screwdriver. Start by removing any odd handles.
Second, making sure it’s unplugged, take a look at your lamp cord kit. You’ll notice that the ends are two different strands. They may be pulled apart a little already, but pull them apart even more, roughly 6 or 7 inches.
Thread both ends through evenly-spaced holes in the bottom of your colander, so that they are coming up into the inside.
Thread it through a few inches and tie them into a knot so the weight of the lamp isn’t resting solely on the bulb once everything is in place. Now you’re ready to attach the bulb. Reading the directions from your lamp cord kit, attach the bulb socket accordingly.
Now you’re ready to screw in your lightbulb, hang it from a hook in your kitchen or dining room (or natural foods store), and turn it on! Enjoy the cascading constellations on your walls and ceiling while you revel in your crafty repurposing. Look for mine above the bulk herbs section! Thanks for reading, now get searching for a colander!
Thanks for that, Ryan! A tutorial and a little comedy; what more could we ask? Repurposing is such a great way to keep one's environmental impact low. Instead of buying a new lamp, complete with excessive packaging, Ryan utilised materials already around him to fill a need we had at the store. The only new thing he had to buy was the cord kit, which will likely last for a very long time, and an energy efficient lightbulb. Brilliant!
Happy repurposing, all!
Disclaimer: When working with electricity, take extra safety precautions.