Even rusty, shabby metal salvage can inspire glowing creativity. Follow these steps to assemble your own candlelit chandelier.

Garden chandelier

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.

  • Working time 1 hr
  • Start to finish 1 hr
  • Difficulty Kind of Easy

What you need


How to do it

Part 1

Garden chandelier
Step 1

Secure Connectors to Dishwasher Basket

Connect an end of one length of chain to one small threaded chain connector. Secure the connector to the dishwasher basket. Repeat with three remaining lengths of chain and three small threaded chain connectors.

Garden chandelier
Step 2

Connect Chains

Connect the chains together above the dishwasher basket, using the large threaded chain connector. You can find these at your local hardware store.

Garden chandelier
Step 3

Tie Rope

Securely tie the rope to the large threaded chain connector. When the chandelier is finished, the rope will suspend the fixture from a branch or beam. Hang the chandelier from a tree branch to create a cozy haven lit by flickering flames.

Garden chandelier
Step 4

Line Interior

Gently move the chains to the outside of the basket. Then, line the interior with sheet moss. This creates a soft, pretty base for the pot and jars to rest on.

Garden chandelier
Step 5

Arrange Display

Place the flowerpot in the center and the canning jars around the edge of the basket, tucking moss between each piece. Add birdseed and a votive candle to each jar. Arrange fresh flowers in the pot.

    Comments (2)

    How difficult was this project?
    Better Homes & Gardens Member
    March 6, 2021
    Difficulty: Very Hard
    i need to be able to draw my garden and have help placing plants
    Better Homes & Gardens Member
    November 28, 2018
    I made adjustments. They worked out.

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