LehmansHacks: Lighten Up!

There’s a hugely popular website called ‘Lifehacks’, where folks get commonsense advice on how to go about things: being a better public speaker, learning important points on new software, communicating more clearly. All those are great things. But we think LehmansHacks are more fun!

Today’s topic: lighting! Sure, there are all kinds of traditional kinds of lighting that we supply to folks: oil lamps, lanterns, and gas lighting. But there’s more!

The projects below all pre-suppose that you are able to do simple wiring for either electric or battery-powered lighting, and are familiar with basic tools.

Perfectly plain, the Old-Time Poplar Half Bushel is a great base for a centerpiece.

Perfectly plain, the Old-Time Poplar Half Bushel is a great base for a centerpiece.

1. Half-Bushel Buffet Centerpiece: Every holiday, we all try for a better idea with our centerpieces. How about this: team LED flicker lights and Flower Frogs with an Old-Time Half-Bushel Basket, and fill with seasonal greenery and flowers. (It’s OK to use faux greenery or flowers.) Use a Dish Basin to hold flower frogs and water to keep flowers and greenery fresh, and to keep water away from lights. If needed, pour rice into a pillowcase to create an adjustable, self-leveling base for the arrangement. Use as much rice as needed to boost the arrangement to a pleasing level above the basket rim. (This is a tool-free alternative that makes up quickly, making it ideal for church functions and weddings where multiple centerpieces are needed on long buffets.)

Sturdy and charming, the Enamelware Colander is in stock now at Lehman's in Kidron, OH, and Lehmans.com.

The Enamelware Colander is in stock now at Lehman’s in Kidron, OH, and Lehmans.com.

2. Colander Light: Use an Enamelware Colander as an accent light in your kitchen. Check out instructions here, here, or here for ideas on how to build the lamp. I think using a pull-chain lamp fixture adds a touch of country charm.

Old Fashioned Berry Basket3. Old-Fashioned Berry Basket Light: Top a small wall lamp with our flat-backed berry basket! You’ll need to cut away the bottom from the center out until It fits the small harp on your small lamp. The handwoven basket adds a lovely glow without overpowering the space.

Looking for more ideas? Visit our Repurpose! Pinterest board for inspiration.