Creating a beautiful DIY solar chandelier is not a difficult project and if you spend any time outdoors, you will really enjoy the glow and shadows it creates. But my first attempt didn’t turn out as well as I hoped. So here you can learn from my mistakes.
Finding a place to hang a solar chandelier can be a challenge. It has to be in enough sun for the solar collectors to charge fully, so under a tree is not an option. Using a shepherds hook can work, but if your chandelier has any chain it can make it be too long and hang too low from the hook to look right. I used a bracket made to hang a hanging basket of flowers attached to the side of my upper deck. You could also you a cup hook.
When we bought a hot tub last summer, I knew I had the perfect use and place for one. What could be more romantic than sitting in the hot tub with a cool drink, watching the stars above by the light of a chandelier?
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This chandelier was in Mr. Menace’s childhood home. It’s rather plain, but absolutely perfect for my outdoor light! I removed the white shades and spray painted it the same blue as my outdoor chairs, which is Rustoleum Spa Blue.
I then hot glued solar lights on it. I used hot glue because I thought I didn’t want them to be permanent. My thinking was that the cheap lights would probably only last a year or so, and then they would need to be replaced. So I thought with hot glue they would be easy to pop off and glue a new one in as needed.
Then I hung it on the side of the deck just above the hot tub. How elegant it looked! And it worked splendidly!
Until the lights started falling off.
So. I have some construction adhesive that will hold those suckers in…. but do I really want them that secure? If you have done this craft, what type of glue did you use?
I did get this figured out! See the updated solar chandelier project! SPOILER ALERT!! The glue below works perfectly to hold your solar lights in your chandelier.
You might also like to see this homemade solar chandelier video on the Hallmark Channel.