Upcycle an Outdated Chandelier to a Solar Chandelier

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My neighbors were getting rid of an outdated chandelier at their garage sale. I bought it from them and told them I was going to tear it apart and make a solar chandelier.

This is how it looked before I started on it. It also came with some globes to go over the lights. I am saving them for another project.

First I pulled the whole thing apart and gutted out all the electrical wire.

Then I proceeded to put it back together the way I wanted and eliminated the parts I didn’t want on it.

I used Rustoleum Metallic spray paint.

I hung it from a tree and spray painted it allowing me to get all sides of it. I left it there to dry.

I got solar lights from the Dollar Tree and pulled off the stakes.

I silicone all the solar lights into where the lights went.

I let it sit to dry.

This is what it looks like lit up at night.

I have it hanging on an old swing chair hook on our front porch to see if I like it in this location. If I do, I will center it. It gets indirect sunlight most of the day, and direct sunlight at the end of the day. The solar lights tend to run 4-6 hours after dark because of this. If I wanted it to run longer, I would have to hang it in direct sunlight all day.

Maybe you have a need for a solar chandelier too…

As seen on Hometalk Live – you can see the video by clicking the picture below…

Here is another finished solar chandelier after a Hometalk Live episode πŸ™‚

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13 Comments

  1. Gosh Chas! You are so creative with solar lights. Very awesome!

    1. Thank you Linda πŸ™‚ I can’t seem to get enough of them, and my kids love to tell me they now need sunglasses in our backyard in the evenings – LOL

  2. A friend of mine made one of these. It looks beautiful hanging in a tree at night. Thanks for the tutorial.

    1. Thank you Leanne, I truly love how it turned out.

  3. love this idea, very cool I love that you took it from needing electricity to not. This has inspired me , now on my junking days I will be adding to the list as I see a new project in the works
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    1. Thank you Angie, I am so excited you want to give it a try too!

  4. I’ve seen this done before and I’m curious…does this provide enough light or is it more decorative?

    1. Hi Erlene, it is more for a decorative look and creates some ambiance. I wouldn’t necessarily be able to “read” under ours outside in the evenings. Some solar lights are brighter than others and especially if they get a lot of direct sunlight. Those are brighter and you could eat dinner under those and see okay.

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