A basket from an industrial washer piqued style expert Sue Whitney's imagination as soon as she spotted it in a junk pile at a flea market. "This is the perfect project for a beginner," she says. "And the best part—you don't need any tools!" Whitney picked up some essentials at the hardware store and put the chandelier together in about 10 minutes. If you don't have a dishwasher basket, many other pieces of industrial junk could serve as the base of a garden fixture. Look for shallow trays, pans, or baskets at flea markets and junkyards, or in the corner of your garage!
Once you get to know some of the basics of fasteners and connectors, you can turn almost anything into a treasure. Hang the chandelier from a sturdy branch or beam, fill with flowers, light the candles, and enjoy the glow.