This Food Gift Baskets lamp is a fun and super cute way to add some light and storage to your kitchen!
I am always looking for ways to reuse those Food Gift Baskets that you end up getting at Christmas from your boss, realtor, or even family members. After you eat all the good stuff out of the Food Gift Basket, you can reuse or recycle the basket into a fun storage lamp.
Anyone who likes baskets can reuse a Breakfast gift basket or Italian food gift basket to make this, you only need the cute basket all the goodies came in. Empty Food Gift Baskets seem like such a waste to throw away. An empty Food Gift Baskets is the perfect base for a lamp. Thanks to easy to install lamp kits you can do this project at home in no time.
You can buy a lamp kit at almost any arts and craft stores as well as at most hardware store. Generally you should expect to pay about $10 to $15 for the lamp kit. You need to provide your own small accent lampshade, light bulb, and lamp base!
To Make a Lamp Out of Food Gift Baskets You Will Need:
Food Gift Baskets (any size)
Lamp Kit w/ middle column
The first step is to completely clean out the inside of your empty Food Gift Baskets. I like to run some water into the basket, put a few drops of bleach in, and then wipe it clean of dust or debris. Rinse it out with clean water.
Let your empty Food Gift Baskets sit out and dry completely; everyone knows water electricity does not mix.
Now, take your power drill, with the glass drill bit, and drill a small hole in the back bottom of the Food Gift Baskets. You want this hole to be right above the edge of the empty basket. This is where the electrical cord will be coming out of your Food Gift Baskets. If you have this cord coming out form underneath your bottle your lamp will not be stable or sturdy.
Tip: You will need a center column to run your electrical wires through. You can buy a lamp kit with one of these or simply use a piece of copper plumbing pipe cut to the height you need.
You will want to use some epoxy glue to glue the pipe to the bottom center of the empty Food Gift Baskets.
Install you lamp kit follow their instructions. Each lamp kit product will be different and it is best to use their specific instructions. Run your electrical cord out of the hole in the bottom of your Food Gift Baskets.
Add a light bulb and a lampshade and you are set!
Now, the thing I love about this is that you can still use the inside of the wine or food gift basket to store fruits, candy bars, granola bars, or whatever treat you want. This is a super cute way to add some light and storage to your kitchen.