Fairy Light Project: DIY Solar Light Chandelier
This DIY solar light chandelier is an easy project that took me all of fifteen minutes to put together, and it has become one of my most-loved decorative objects in the garden. It adds a whimsical touch hanging from the tree above the rustic table and chair set that is part of my backyard play garden.
Make this project in no time with a few common materials and then let your imagination run wild in decorating it. Hang it up somewhere where it will catch the light and enjoy watching it shine. It’s so gorgeous, it just might attract some fairies to your garden!Materials
- Wire hanging basket frame
- Basket-hanging chains
- Outdoor stake solar light
- Beads, shells, or chandelier crystals
Start with a hanging basket that has a round circle of wire in the bottom. This will be used to hold the solar light. Look for a solar light that will sit in the hole without needing to be glued or adjusted in any way. I used a basic solar stake light and removed the stake.
Move the wires that hold the basket from the top of the basket. Turn the basket so that it is convex and reattach the wires to the top wires around the hole.
Set in the solar light and you are ready to decorate!
I chose to use crystals so they would sparkle and reflect the light at night. You could add beads or even seashells instead (I can just imagine a gorgeous beach-themed chandelier with shells and sea glass dangling from it!). You could also spray paint the whole thing (except the light) with a pop of color. However you decide to decorate, it is completely up to you.
My solar light looks wonderful hanging in the play garden. I was pleasantly surprised at what a big difference it made to the overall feel of the space.
The play garden was already decked out with hopscotch stepping stones and other kid-friendly features, but this chandelier added yet another element of playfulness without being overtly designed for children.
I chose to hang my chandelier from a tree above my rustic stump table, where I keep an old tea kettle as a planter.
The reflective crystals on the chandelier balance well with the shiny metal of the tea kettle planter, and I love the look of the chandelier hanging from a tree, as it both contrasts with and compliments the natural elements around it.
It also lights up the night beautifully. There’s nothing like watching the crystals twinkle in the moonlight.