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How To: Make a Garden Chandelier

Create a unique garden chandelier, using a shallow tray, canning jars, votive candles, moss, a flowerpot, rope, chain, and birdseed.

We used the basket from an industrial dishwasher as the base of our unique garden chandelier, but you can use just about any shallow tray, pan or basket found at a flea market or in the corner of your garage. Before you start to assemble the chandelier, you’ll need 12 quart-size canning jars along with 12 votive candles; a bag of sheet moss; a 6-inch-wide flowerpot without a drainage hole; four 3-foot lengths of link chain; 4 small threaded chain connectors along with 1 large one; 2 feet of heavy-duty rope; a tray, pan or basket that’s about 2 feet in diameter; and a 5-pound bag of birdseed. Connect an end of one length of chain to one small threaded chain connector. Secure the connector to your basket. Repeat this step with the three remaining lengths of chain and the three small threaded chain connectors. Connect the four chains together above the basket using the large threaded chain connector. Next, securely tie your rope to the large threaded chain connector. When the chandelier is finished, the rope will suspend the fixture from a branch or beam. After gently moving the chains to the outside of the basket, line the interior of the basket with a layer of sheet moss. Place the canning jars around the edge of the basket, and tuck small pieces of sheet moss between them for stabilization. Place the flowerpot in the center. Filling it with a fresh arrangement. Finish your chandelier by filling the canning jars one-quarter full of birdseed, placing a votive candle in each one. It’s finally time to hang the chandelier, light the candles and enjoy the glow