Recycled Bottle Chandelier

| 6/23/2011 2:35:01 PM

Jaci KennisonJaclyn Kennison is a freelance writer living and playing in the Black Hills of South Dakota. She owns and manages an art gallery and event venue between fits of shopping and redecorating.

I got the inspiration for this project from a photo I found on this blog: The Art of Others.

I've written before about my dreams for a home I will have someday, and how I would like to utilize recycled materials to decorate. In that post I discussed a project I have planned for a light fixure—hang a small, multi-paned window under your light source to beautify and diffuse your light. As I was wandering around the World Wide Web, I ran across this picture of bottles that had been re-purposed in much the same way. It sparked an idea for me, for another light fixture—a chandelier.

Glass Bottle Chandelier 

To do this project, gather a few of your favorite bottles or jars. Clear ones work well and, when painted, offer a stunning take on the light-in-a-bottle idea. In the photo, the artist obviously used slender lights that dropped right into the tall, narrow necked containers. I think this same concept could be tweaked for more traditional light bulbs and fixtures, though I imagine I would need an electrician to properly finish the project.

Set out your collection of jars and bottles. If you were lucky enough to find old blue or green tinted containers, I would use them just as they are. To spice up the visual interest, consider painting the jars. Pour a small amount of paint into your jar and turn the jar around coating the inside as desired. I think I would start with one color completely coating the bottom and swirling upward and after it had dried, carefully repeat the process starting from the neck of the bottle and spiraling downward. This effect will be eclectic, and somewhat shabby chic, but I think it would also be stunning.