How To Make A Chandelier Using Patio Lights
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.
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.
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: Tinyhouseontheprairie.net
Here is the story about the tiny house this chandelier is installed in: My TinyHouse Story - 78 days - Kristie Wolfe And Her Hawaiian Dreamhouse