Merrilee's Surprising New Use for a Cake Carrier

Merrilee's Surprising New Use for a Cake Carrier

Jason Loper
Jun 9, 2011

I love the charm and kitsch of these old metal cake carriers. They remind me of a time when people would bake cakes to take to picnics. However, every time I see one in a thrift shop or flea market I pass it up because I can never think of what I would do with a cake carrier. That is, until I saw Merrilee's incredible new use for these charming old relics ...

Merrilee turned her cake carrier into an adorable lamp! And quite easily, too!

Merrillee had wanted to turn this charming cake carrier into a lamp but, at first, wasn't sure how she could do it. The inside of the carrier is yellow so when she originally tried to use the top as a shade, it would cast a gross yellow tone on everything. That's when she decided to use this:

Merrilee picked up this lamp from a clearance rack, removed the patterned laminate on the shade (and also cut the shade down a few inches), and then spray painted the base of the lamp the same color as the cake carrier. With a few dabs of glue, she secured the top of the cake tin to the lamp shade and voila! A charming bedside lamp! The white shade of the original lamp, which is smaller than the cake tin, diffuses the light enough that there's no longer a yellow tone.

And the best part is that no cake carriers were harmed in the making of this lamp. So when Merrilee tires of the lamp (or if she does decide to bake a cake for a picnic) she can simply pull the carrier off the lamp and reuse it!

To see the full process, including how she reconstructed the lamp, take a look at Merrilee's blog post: Lilliedale: Cake Carrier Lamp.

Images: Lilliedale

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