Have a broken shovel that you are planning to throw away? Before you do, take a look at this wonderful shovel lamp. It’s really easy to make and this is perfect for lighting up the pathway outside your garden area. Imagine the pattern that you could create if you had several of these. You could also use them for added lighting in the garage or in a workshop or just put them right there in the kitchen. You can spray paint your shovel whatever color you need so it’s easy to match the lamp to your existing decor.

– A broken shovel
– IKEA suspension kit
– Light bulb
– 1 small steel plate
– High temperature paint


Use grid 80 sandpaper to remove every rust and dirt from the shovel. Try to remove most of the paint. If you have a sandblast machine… you’ll save a lot of time.

2)The Plate

I can’t really give you specific dimensions for the metal plate holding the light socket since most shovels are different. Basically, all you will need to do is punch a hole, 4.5 cm wide, in the steel foil and cut a V-shape to fit the shovel’s shape. Bend the end of the V to create a surface that will help you stick or weld the two parts together.

 3)Check up and Paint

 Make sure all the components fit together. Screw the socket on the plate and make sure the light bulb doesn’t touch the metal. If everything works fine, remove the socket and paint everything with heat resistant paint (BBQ paint).

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