Please excuse the lull between this post and the last. It has been a really crazy month, but I am back and ready to roll! So here is a fun tutorial to re-kick things off. I have made the beautification of my yard a top priority this year. One of my go-to items for this process… solar lights! I have been on a total solar light kick lately; adding a solar light path along the front walkway and gathering large quantities to fill the flower bed that my wonderful dad is currently building around my house (pictures coming soon). I decided I also wanted lights incorporated on the big tree in my front yard without having to run electricity, so that’s how this project came about. Enjoy!
- Chandelier – Instead of spending $200 on a new one, go thrifting for one. The appearance doesn’t matter too much because you can paint it and add pretty beads; just make sure it feels sturdy enough to be outside. Also, it doesn’t need to be functional because you will be clipping the wires anyway. I got mine from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.
- Solar Lights – Find ones with tops that will fit in the candle holding part of the chandelier.
- Sand Paper (if painting) – If your chandelier has a very smooth/shiny surface and you want to paint it, you’ll want to scuff it up before doing so. Go for a finer grit, around 320.
- Spray Paint (optional) – Make sure it is suitable for outdoor use.
- Epoxy – This will hold the solar light tops in the chandelier candle spots.
- Gloves – For use with epoxy. You don’t want this stuff on your skin!
- Silicone – This will be used around the solar light to finish off securing it in place.
- Beads/Gems (optional) – I strung beads and added acrylic gems to add a little more sparkle to my chandelier.
- Fishing Line (optional) – For stringing beads. I used 30lb.
- Rope – This will secure the chandelier to the tree. I used parachute cord.
Step 1 :
Take the candles out of the holders. Remove parts that attach chandelier to ceiling. Clip wires.
Step 2 (optional):
Paint the chandelier. Let it dry. Flip over. Paint the other side. I didn’t need to scuff mine because the surface had a rougher texture to it.
Remove tops of lights (should pull right out of the base).
Use epoxy to secure the lights to the chandelier and wait for it to set. I used 5 minute epoxy for this project. It gave me a good amount of time to attach all the lights, but it is available in different set times depending on how much time you need for this step. Use epoxy in a well ventilated area and with gloves! Mishandling of epoxy can cause big problems, please follow the warnings and read the directions carefully.
Apply silicone around the perimeter where the light meets the candle holder.
Step 6 (optional):
String beads onto fishing line and tie them onto the chandelier for added sparkle. You can also add some dangling acrylic gems.
Attach to tree branch with rope. Make sure you wrap it around several times for extra security.