Upcycle an Outdated Chandelier to a Solar Chandelier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My neighbors were getting rid of an outdated chandelier at their garage sale.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.
Our neighbors all call us the "solar house". This is only our front porch. The backyard has a lot of solar lights and solar creations.
Maybe you have a need for a solar chandelier too...
I'll be demonstrating this on Hometalk's Facebook Live DIY - Tuesday, June 6th at 7pm EST.
Here is the finished solar chandelier after the Live episode :)
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Suggested materials:
  • Candelier
  • Solar lights
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  • Jennie Lee Jennie Lee on Aug 17, 2016
    How do you access the batteries in the lights, when they eventually conk out?

  • Mary McElwee Cline Mary McElwee Cline on Jun 30, 2018

    Do they recharge in the covered porch?

  • Julie Julie on Jul 21, 2020

    So many cute ideas for using the top part of solar lights. Now here’s my challenge.... I need a craft to use up all of those tubes that used to be on the solar lights before I pulled them apart!

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