Hanging Farmhouse Colander Light

A fun farmhouse light made from a large colander.

Hanging Colander Light

A while back I was lucky enough to find this pile of treasures at an estate sale. 

Estate sale colander

I used the smaller metal shades I found to update the pendant lights in my kitchen. 

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And find out what I did with that giant round board too! 

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Today I'm going to have some fun with that very large vintage colander. 

I began by cutting a hole in the bottom of the colander with a 1" drill bit. 

It is made from aluminum and is soft enough to cut. 

I then used tin snips to make the hole larger and bend back the metal edges. 

Cutting a hole with tin snips

Hole in top of colander

The next thing was to use an inexpensive hanging light kit and attach it through the hole. 

Light kit inserted in hole

The light kit fits perfectly in the hole and is attached with a plastic washer that screws from underneath into the bulb holder. 

The top however is not so pretty! 

So I had an idea...

I used one of the 4 metal shades I bought at the estate sale and cut off the top. 

Metal light cut apart

I sanded the sharp edges and using E6000 glue I attached it to the colander top to cover the ugly part. 

Cover for hanging light

A metal cover for a colander light fixture

I added a bulb and hung the colander light from the ceiling to reveal a unique vintage farmhouse styled hanging lamp with a very cool night time display! 

Hanging colander light and clock

Material list:

2. Vintage colander 

Top view of colander light

Another idea is to hang it outdoors in the gazebo!

I can't wait to see how it looks at night! 

A million tiny stars!

Colander light hanging in outdoor gazebo

Colander hanging from gazebo

colander light with overlay

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .


  1. I have that same colander that I picked up at a Goodwill a couple of years ago to use to hold a fairy garden. It's still sitting in the garage, but not for long now that I've seen how nice your hanging colander lamp looks! Thank you for the detailed instructions and the way you've finished the exposed hole on the top. I think I have an old utility lamp that I can cut the top off of to fit the same purpose as your very nice shade you cut up! I will be checking out more of your posts to find out what I've been missing!
    Andi C.

    1. Go for it! It was really a 30 minute project at most. I'm actually thinking of moving it to the center of my outdoor gazebo... maybe?? Thanks for visiting and please take a minute to sign up for our newsletter in the sidebar so you don't miss a post!

  2. That's super cute! It's retro, farm and shabby chic all at the same time!

    1. Thanks so much Terri and thank you for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment! :) Sign up for Homeroad emails if you love repurposed projects!


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