Let’s make a DIY chandelier that adds style to your home.
Recycled bottles transformed into a chandelier
Purchasing a chandelier can be costly and if you’re like me it’s hard to find the one you absolutely love. You want character, style, and something that makes a statement. My hunt for the perfect lighting, led me down a road of no return. The more I perused through pinterest and web pages, the more expensive my taste grew. I finally found the ideal chandelier for my coastal decor.
Unfortunately $4,000.00 was not in my budget so my DIY mentality kicked in. So the hunt began for bottles. Wine bottle are o.k but a little overused and much to crafty looking for my taste. Decor stores abound now with colorful recycled glass bottles so I gathered together bottles with great color that matched my decor and began practicing the cutting on wine bottles.
There are so many methods and I tried them all. Sting and rubbing alcohol, glass cutting tool and finally my favorite the Kinkajou.
The Kinkajou provides a stable grip on the bottle with the ability to turn and cut at the same time. To separate you simply attach bands above and below the score line and run alternately under hot and cold water. A couple of tricks.
- More is not better. Don’t go over the score line for a second score it only make the bottle separate unevenly.
- Be patient. Pour hot and ice water alternately over the score line. You may have to repeat several times but it will eventually break.
- Each bottle is different so the separation process will vary.
Got it! Process is perfect, but it only works is you’re using wine or upcycled bottles. The holes I needed to duplicate the $4,000.00 chandelier were on the bottom of the bottles. I called my local glass company ( McGregor Glass and Mirror) and they were willing to cut them for me. There is no guarantee that they won’t break so I purchased some extras just in case.
I purchased my light chords from a local West Elm in brushed aluminum. They come with plugs so you can use them for individual lights, but I cut the plugs off so they could be mounted in multiples. String the chords through the bottles follow the lighting guidelines on the box. It’s important to have the correct size light bulbs and proper spacing to allow for air circulation.
Then I called the electrician who hung my light fixture up through the space that previously held my ceiling fan. Make sure that the electrical and support system is ample to house amount of lights you will hang. Edison lights add extra character and adding a dimer gave great options for creating mood.
Love it and so do my guests. This became DIY with a little help.