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Cheese Grater Lighting

An Easy DIY project

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Paige Hemmis has a creative and unusual way to use cheese graters.

DIY Cheese Grater Lights

Materials
  • 3 Cheese graters (Use the 4-sided stand-up cheese grater)
  • 3 black pendent hanging Edison lights (I ordered the Edison plug-in hanging socket pendent light fixture in matte black from Amazon)
  • 3 “make a lamp” kits (I ordered the lamp base socket kit from Amazon)
  • 1 piece of 2”x6” wood cut in three (3) 8”x8” pieces
  • Drill
  • Drill bit just slightly larger than your electrical cord
  • 3 Light bulbs
  • Scissors or wire cutters

DIY Cheese Grater Lights – Home & Family

Paige Hemmis is giving your lights an industrial update with the help of cheese graters.

OPTIONAL: You can change the color of your cheese graters if you would like. You can spray paint them any color (make sure you use a spray paint that can handle high heat), or you can distress the metal color with a butane torch by applying it to the grater.

1) Spray paint, high heat (Optional)

2) Butane torch (Optional)

Directions

1) Choose your favorite cheese graters and hanging pendent lights.

2) Cut your 2”x6” piece of wood into 3 8”x8” square pieces. You can have your local hardware store do this for you if you do not have a saw at home.

3) OPTIONAL: This is where you would either torch or paint the cheese grater.

4) Mark the center of your board and drill a hole just slightly bigger than your cord in the wood.

5) Mark the center of the handle of your cheese graters and drill the same size hole in the top of the cheese grater handles.

6) Cut off the plug end of your electrical cord (MAKE SURE that it is NOT plugged in at the time!)

7) Take your electrical cord and run it up through the cheese grater (so that the socket part would be facing down in the grater). Thread the cord through the cheese grater handle and through the wood.

8) Repeat this step on all pendants.

9) Take the “make a lamp kit” and finish off the cut end of your cord according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

10) Repeat this step on all pendants.

11) Run all three cords together at the very top and attach them together

12) Voila! Plug in your light fixture and enjoy your “grate” glow!

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Cool Outdoor Tin Can Lights

Check out this great outdoor lighting idea!

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STEP 1: GATHER YOUR MATERIALS

All you need to do to get started on this eco-friendly summer craft project is gather the following materials:

  • 2-4 cleaned, empty tin cans (you can use any size)
  • a hammer
  • an assortment of nails (for larger or smaller holes)
  • colorful permanent markers
  • paper, pencil, masking tape, scissors (if you plan to use a pattern)
  • votive candles
  • a towel

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STEP 2: CLEAN AND FREEZE

With your newly gathered used tin cans, remove labels, and clean thoroughly. Fill each can with water and freeze overnight until solid. The ice stabilizes the can and prevents it from bending when you punch holes in them later.

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STEP 3: DESIGN YOUR PUNCH GRAPHIC

Decide on a design for your punched-tin decorations. You can draw the pattern out ahead of time on a piece of graph paper and tape it to the can as a guide. Alternatively, you can freehand a design without marking it ahead of time. Knitting patterns, wallpaper, textiles, and folk art are all great inspiration sources for patterns!

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STEP 4: PUNCH OUT YOUR PATTERN

Cradle the frozen tin can in a folded towel (to prevent the can from moving and to catch ice chips). Position a sharp, narrow nail above each mark on your pattern and gently tap it 3-4 times with the hammer until just the point has punched the tin can.  Repeat for each mark until you have completed your pattern.

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STEP 5: REMOVE THE ICE BLOCK

Rinse the can under a hot tap until the ice block pops out and allow the can to dry.

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STEP 6: ADD SOME COLOR

If you want to add color to your new punched-tin lantern, you can create a variety of fun, shiny designs by simply using colorful permanent markers.

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STEP 7: LIGHT ‘EM UP!

Drop in some lighted votive candles and enjoy the fun, flickering patterns cast by your new handmade lanterns! Be sure to place the lanterns on a fire-safe surface as the candles can get hot.