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An Exquisite DIY Colander Pendant Lamp

DIY Colander Pendant Lamp

Need a pendant lamp? Maybe your kitchen requires the right lighting to get you on track to accomplish the day’s tasks. From homework to list-making, to cooking, the kitchen counter is a culinary workbench.

And proper lighting – say, recessed downlighting or island-highlighting pendants – will ensure that it’s fit for all of those uses.

Despite the many uses that kitchen lighting has, the main one is to enable me to see what anyone Is doing clearly. It is very important, as cooking is one of the most crucial activities that one must do daily and anyone tends to make mistakes sometimes.

DIY Colander Pendant Lamp
DIY Colander Pendant Lamp

The best lighting for your kitchen is natural lighting. Having windows facing the east is the best. This way, the sun rays will shine directly on the kitchen light, which would make it more useful. However, if this is not possible, then you will need to think of a good lighting alternative.

If you’d like an unusual pendant light for your colander, why not consider making one from a colander? Perfect theme lighting for the kitchen, don’t you think? 🙂

Usually, a colander is a kitchen utensil designed to hold food for draining or rinsing. It is also used for stirring and serving food.

Colanders are typically made of metal or plastic and are available in a range of sizes. Some colanders have a handle or two handles.

A colander can be used in almost any kitchen but is most commonly used when preparing vegetables or pasta. But, would it be a great idea to use it as a pendant lamp?

Well, pendant lamps are modern lighting fixtures that hang from the ceiling by a cord or chain. They’re also known as droplights, ceiling lights and lampshades.

The most common materials used to make pendant lamps are metal, glass and plastic. And the common sizes range from tiny ones with a 6″ diameter to larger ones that can be up to 2 feet in diameter. This is why a colander will be a superb choice for a pendant lamp.

This is a simple project that you can easily do in a couple of hours. The materials needed are affordable, especially if you have a spare colander although you might want to shop for one with an interesting pattern.

You see (and you will!), what’s great about this project is the unique light pattern it makes on your ceiling and upper walls when you turn it on.

Great idea?

The Colander Pendant Lamp


  • Colander
  • Lighting Fixtures
  • Hooks


  • Hole saw/Plasma Cutter/Tin Snips, Awl & Hammer
  • Marker
  • Drill and drill bits
  • Screw Driver

After gathering all the materials needed for the projects, you can start by drilling the bottom centre of the colander so that you can attach the wire to your light fixture can go through. It’s easy peasy! Continue to assemble the colander pendant lamp, and attach the bulb receptacle to the inner part of the colander.

Then attach the hooks so you can hang your pendant light to your kitchen ceiling. The colander will give a beautiful light pattern to your ceiling when turned on.

Well, what do you think? Will this colander pendant lamp be a good lighting alternative for your kitchen area? If so, what are you waiting for? Start your project now!

Click on any image to start the lightbox display. Use your Esc key to close the lightbox. You can also view the images as a slideshow if you prefer  😎

Thanks to Kristen Duke for this great project. You can get step by step instructions here

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