Christmas decorating is in full swing around here. This project is from a couple of years ago that I wanted to share with you. My grapevine chandelier has received a bunch of repins on Pinterest off my old blog and has even been featured on tinyprints.com.
I tried digging up some step-by-step photos for you, but couldn't find any. One thing I am working on is getting better at taking a lot more pictures of the steps required for each DIY project. I just get so excited to realize a vision, I don't take time to stop and take pictures!
Decorate the Wreath
Decorate your wreath before you hang it. I used a combination of artificial greenery, fresh boxwood, and industrial-looking cage string lights. I attached everything with my favorite floral wire. It is durable and I like how the paddle is small so I can wrap it around and easily weave it in and out through the grapevines.
Add Hanging Chains
Using a chain to hang your wreath chandelier is going to allow you to weave the end of the light cord through it to go up to your electric source. You will need two sets of pliers to bend, pull apart, then re-bend your chain back in place.
Hanging the Chandelier
Your front porch light may be a different kind of fixture than mine. So at this point, you are going to have to tweak this step to fit your situation. I had a can light and this is how I hung my chandelier.
- Pull down the can light to reveal the wood framing underneath. Most can lights are hung with little "v" shaped springs that allow you to pull it down without completely removing it.
- Nail three nails onto the framing in a circle, carefully avoiding any electrical cords.
- Bend the nails over to create a hook to hang the chain. In retrospect, I think using small screw hooks would have been a better option.
- Hook the chain over the nails. Push the can light casing back up as far as it will go. You'll notice that it won't completely close due to the chain. I made it look better by tucking a little artificial greenery around the gap.
Connecting to the Electric
If your electric source is trickier than mine, you may want to enlist the help of an electrician. I removed the light bulb and simply twisted in a light socket adapter. I plugged in my light strand and I was finished.