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How To Wire Up Your Junk Into A Light or Lamp

Updated on March 6, 2014

Re Cycle The Unusual To Create Lighting And Character To A Room

With the creative recycling of some unusual items you can make light fixtures and lamps. The antique potato basket, pictured makes a great first impression when used in a country kitchen or dining room. The Wow factor.

Maybe it is newer things that bring you to recycling I can see the mirror like reflection from those cast off dvd's.

So many things that reflect you personality are waiting for you to find them.

What's your style?

Country, Elegant, Sporty, Contemporary? Steam-punk?

Open up your creativity and make some money here. Not everyone has your creative side My blessings to you get out there and get recognized

Beware: Re Purposing can be addictive. It"s so much fun to create and you will love the results.

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Bicycle Tire Light
Bicycle Tire Light

Wire Up Your Junk

You may be nervous about working with electricity as a lot of people avoid electrical home improvements.

I myself get professional help for major home wiring needs so that they can be inspected and approved.

However wiring a lamp is really quite easy.

Safety First!

Unplug anything that you are working on. Plus turn off breaker and wall switch if working with ceiling fixtures.

Maybe you even have a friend with some experience to lend you a hand..

I have included some links and videos to guide you.

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What No Junk

Hard for me to believe, but oh well. You can head to the flea market, yard sale, thrift store, even the dollar store for some junk that you want to use and maybe an old lamp or two..

Don't forget to check out Habitat For Humanity Restore, Salvation Army and Good Will stores. When buying at these stores it helps your local community.

Look for inexpensive hanging lights or table lamps depending on the kind of light you want to make. The main thing to look for is good wiring parts. No frayed cords or missing plugs. The way it looks doesn't matter here as you will be just salvaging the wiring parts. Maybe you could recycle the base or lampshade for something else.

There are sources for wiring kits available if you prefer.

Photo Credit : Lucy Velez Old Photos

Inside A Lamp
Inside A Lamp

Find It At The Flea Market

Look for old table lamps to get wiring.

Pictured is the basic insides of a lamp

Look for old lamp shades to fix up.

Look for odd items that would make unique lamp shades.

Wiring Kits Available

These wiring kits come with basic directions and are inexpensive.

I cross my heart and hope you believe me one of my neighbors put 3 lamps to the side of the road the other day. I was not the least bit embarrassed to grab them and bring them home at the cost of $ 0

Colander Into Ceiling Light

Colander Lamp by The Plumed Nest
Colander Lamp by The Plumed Nest

Turned On or Off... this old colander or strainer makes a statement. I love the doily effect on the ceiling.

What do you think?

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Elegant Lighting From Old Decanters

Decanter Light by Haute Nature Lee Broom
Decanter Light by Haute Nature Lee Broom

Perhaps a bit more polished is your style?

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The Derby Hat Light

Derby Hats by Craft Gawker
Derby Hats by Craft Gawker

I do love this idea as pictured. I also like this lamp idea, a pair of boots as the base and cowboy hat for the shade, or even ladies heels and a chic hat.

The Derby Gets a Winner's Trophy From Me. How About You?

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How To Put A Bulb In It

Unwiring The Old

Square Wire Basket Similar To Anthropology Style

This basket light is by ashley ann. She gives great step by step instructions with photos to make the basket light pictured, similar to Anthropology

Please see and click the link below to take you directly to her site.

How To Hang A Ceiling Light

Time For Tea

Tea Cup Lighting by Bespokezine
Tea Cup Lighting by Bespokezine

How Do Like Your Tea?

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The Toaster Style Lamp

Toaster Lamp by The Interior Revolution
Toaster Lamp by The Interior Revolution

Love Toast

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Light Up My Life

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    • EpicFarms profile image


      5 years ago

      These are AWESOME! I absolutely love that toaster - it's one of the coolest things I've ever seen :o) Very nicely done lens.

    • rooshoo profile image


      6 years ago

      Those teacup lamps are absolutely inspired. It's simple, elegant, and cute all at the same time. Fantastic stuff!

    • justmelucy profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      @KimGiancaterino: Thanks for visiting. I would be interested in your ideas.

    • KimGiancaterino profile image


      6 years ago

      I love the idea of repurposing everyday objects into useful fixtures. My electrical engineer dad taught me how to wire lamps, and I've made quite a few. Wonderful ideas here!

    • justmelucy profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      @ryokomayuka: Thank you for visiting and commenting. I just love to re use things in a different way. For the longest time my coffee table was an old wooden chicken coop decorated inside with pecan resin hand painted chickens, ceramic eggs, hay feeder, the whole works. I loved it not sure about my mother in law at the time. All's well that ends well.

    • ryokomayuka profile image


      6 years ago from USA

      Interesting idea. It's amazing what you can do if you just put your mind to it.

    • flycatcherrr profile image


      6 years ago

      What fun ideas - I love this stuff!

      Quick tip, if you don't mind - remember to credit all images you show on your lenses - even if you took the photos yourself or it's public domain, Squidoo likes to see the source. :)

    • justmelucy profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you for the blessing. I'm just an antique kind of country girl at heart. You should see my ideas for mason jars and bandanas. I truly enjoyed your lens on verbal abuse. It's still hard to handle, maybe one day I won't hear his voice in my head anymore.

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      6 years ago

      Such great ideas!!! I will definitely have to try this! *blessed by a squid angel*

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      6 years ago

      Nice lens!

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      6 years ago

      Nice lens!


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