How To Make A Chandelier Using Patio Lights

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When I was still in the dreaming stage of my Hawaiian Treehouse, I pinned this amazing oversized lantern chandelier. The contemporary hut is in Brazil and designed by Fabio Galeazzo. I have no idea if it’s custom or how much it costs. I’m a sucker for bold lighting and once I started building I knew I had to find a way to recreate it. My major problem was the lack of resources. Had I been in Idaho I could have found large lanterns at a dozen stores. They needed to be quite big so shipping was out of the question.


Eventually I found these outdoor solar lanterns at Target. They measure 13.38 ” H ; x 13.38 ” W x 12.75 ” D and cost $30. I knew I would need quite a few which quickly added up but because I had tried using so many other things that just weren’t quite right I bought the four they had in stock. I bought three more as they got them.  They come in brown and black and I bought both so I would have enough.

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I wasn’t able to remove the “candle” from the lantern to paint it. So I molded tin foil around the candle and used a metallic gold spray paint to transform the mismatched lanterns. Tin foil works great for drawer pulls or door knobs too. To hang them I simply wrapped a aesthetically pleasing rope around the roof line beam and tied knots around the lantern handel.



As I mentioned before these were solar lights and since this was an indoor fixture and the solar panel was adhered to the lid of the lantern I couldn’t salvage that part. It was a little heartbreaking removing the solar batteries and drilling a hole through the actual panel but it had to be done.  Next I bought some cool patio lights for $20 at Target as well and popped them through the holes that I drilled. I spray painted the cord gold so it would blend in with the rest of the fixture. Now all I had to do was place the now connecting lids on top of the lanterns.

I put and outlet box on the other side of the bedroom wall near the ceiling. I ran the patio lighting cord up to the beam and across the top where it plugs into the outlet. It works much like a 1970?s house where it was vogue to not have ceiling fixtures and everyone used lamps and the light switch powered the wall outlets. My outlet is just on the ceiling instead so the fixture is not hardwired but still plugs in. The light switch is above the nightstand so you can turn them off in bed.


Once I had them hung over the bed I didn’t like seeing the little screws and hardware so I found some little craft mirrors for a couple dollars and used liquid nails to adhere them to the bottom.






I’m so happy with the result. My total for the 7 lanterns, rope, patio lights, spray paint and mirrors was $251.00. Not really what I consider cheap but for such a unique statement fixture I think it was worth it. My cell phone camera can’t capture it but the way they light up the house at night is absolutely stunning!

Source:  Kristie Wolfe's Blog:

Here is the story about the tiny house this chandelier is installed in:  My TinyHouse Story - 78 days - Kristie Wolfe And Her Hawaiian Dreamhouse


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