Instructables

Outdoor Chandelier Lighting made with Trash and Krylon Paint

FeaturedContest WinnerContest WinnerContest Winner
Last week I went dumpster diving at all of the bicycle shops in town, and this outdoor chandelier is the end result of the trash I collected. Trash + Krylon paint = cyclepunk outdoor chandelier lighting.
Move over Kitchler, I'm taking over the chandelier lighting empire!
Here is how you can make an outdoor chandelier with discarded bicycle parts and paint:

Materials:
- Strand of outdoor lights
- Assorted bicycle parts. No two chandeliers will be alike because the end result will depend on what parts you can find in the trash.
- Assorted hardware (brackets, nuts, bolts)
- Super magnets (5 large, 5 small, one large with hanging ring)
- 10 washers
- 5 Bawls guarana bottles, cut

Supplies:
- Mineral spirits
- Mineral oil
- Hot glue sticks
- Krylon Mirror-Like paint
- Krylon made-for-plastic paint (any color)
- Krylon all purpose black paint
- Krylon all purpose orange paint
- Krylon metallic silver paint
- Piece of cardboard
- Utility knife
- Newspapers
- Krylon glitter paint (optional)

Tools:
- Glass cutter
 - Pliers
- Flat screwdriver
- Toothbrush
- Glue gun

Step 1: Cut glass bottles

Picture of Cut glass bottles
Cut the tops off 5 glass beer or soda bottles that you will use for your chandelier. I followed the instructions for the easiest way to cut glass bottles using a $3 glass cutter to score a line around the bottle then alternating hot and cold water on the score line until the bottle breaks clean (according to the article in the link).

 
Remove these adsRemove these ads by Signing Up
brookefox5 months ago

Quite fantastic.

I meant to ask, though, what is the easiest etc. way to cut glass bottles?

flyingpuppy (author)  brookefox5 months ago

Thanks for the question. I didn't realize I hadn't embedded the video. You can now watch my video on the easiest way to cut glass bottles in the second step.

Oh, thank you. My mistake.... the link followed down the page a bit. I already bought a tile saw for the purpose and the video made me realize that true to form I have been making too much of a thing of it. Repeat lesson: be safe but don't let fear rule you.
darrenhall1 year ago
Now that is smart! - very cool - heck I would have that over most shop bought lights.

liveleezgl2 years ago
How dang awsome is that??? I can not get over how cool this is!! Sooo creative!! Thank you for sharing it with us....
flyingpuppy (author)  liveleezgl2 years ago
Thanks! Wish I'd kept it!
andreaki2 years ago
One of the most beautiful things i've seen! ill try a version ... off to the bike shop :)
flyingpuppy (author)  andreaki2 years ago
Thanks! There's something about that cobalt blue that just takes your breath away, huh? I bet that was the color kings were trying to come up with when they invented purple. : )
katlinbr2 years ago
Absolutely stunning!
flyingpuppy (author)  katlinbr2 years ago
Thank you. I'm missing it (gave it away). Will have to make another one. Or keep experimenting with lighting in my upcycled lamp series.
EmcySquare2 years ago
HOW COOL !!!
sunshiine3 years ago
Found this on the Z list, thought I would share that information with you! Congrats! Have a splendorous day! sunshiine
flyingpuppy (author)  sunshiine3 years ago
What's the Z list? Where do I find it? Is there an A list? :) Thanks for sharing.
On the Instructables front page is a list:
Popular, video, photo, step by step Zeitgeist list and so on.
click on the Z list!

What people are talking about at the moment, rather than views or ratings.
flyingpuppy (author)  sunshiine3 years ago
Hm. Does anyone else have the problem I have? I've looked on the front page, the blog, the forums, on individual pages and nowhere is there the list you mention. V. confused!
Far left hand side of your screen are words ALL.
3-4 inches over to the right of that word all: are these words:
All
Photos
Step by step
Videos! under videos is Zeitgeist click on that for this entry. Every category has a Z list , food, cleaning, sports, outdoor and so on.
flyingpuppy (author)  sunshiine3 years ago
Here's a screen print of what I see. I'm using WinXP, BTW.
instructables.jpg
I am sorry, click on food then it should show up. If not click on food then when that window opens click on all on the left hands side. Let me know if that works.
fbull663 years ago
i am so dieing to make one
sunshiine3 years ago
So happy to see you made finalist! I know this is a winner! This is totally awesome!
sunshiine... You are really good at picking Winners!

Do you play the Ponies? If not, maybe you should!!!
bajablue3 years ago
Now, there's the countdown to the Green Challenge.

This awesome project could very well turn into a Triple-Play!

Best of Luck, puppy!
DdraigGoch3 years ago
Fab! Thanks for the inspiration :)
bajablue3 years ago
YAY puppy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
eross-13 years ago
awesome!
TabbyDeAnne3 years ago
Fantastic! Loved the link to the bottle cutting! Will do this for sure!
flyingpuppy (author)  TabbyDeAnne3 years ago
Thanks. I'd love to see your final product.
bajablue3 years ago
Gotcha puppy! ;-)
omg! SO HAPPY to be a Finalist along side you!

Best of Luck FlyingPuppy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I so want to make this now. How does the hot glue hold up on the lights after a few hours of run time? I know it's a fast set, but I've never had much luck with it myself.
Hot glue is not a permanent adhesive, especially when used outdoors where the temps fluctuate. It will eventually let go and peel right off. I'd go with a different adhesive if you want this to last.
I've never had it hold up longer than a year. If you only want something that will last a few months to a year then it's fine. Otherwise try a more permanent adhesive.
flyingpuppy (author)  sewcrafty120003 years ago
Good advice. I'll replace it with epoxy when I get a chance. Thanks
flyingpuppy (author)  hokie_pokie_6073 years ago
I've had the chandelier out in the sun for a week and it's holding great.
mauridanger3 years ago
Beautiful! This really caught my eye. Great design and construction.
flyingpuppy (author)  mauridanger3 years ago
Thank you so much.
agis683 years ago
beautiful and creative trash art....5/5
Kudos! The way recycling should be! Purposeful item. Love it!
flyingpuppy (author)  babasfarmlife3 years ago
First you cycle, then you recycle.
Lovin' it big time!! Way to go!
Very well done indeed! I've just got my glass cutter, so look out bottles!
flyingpuppy (author)  andrew.spencer.23 years ago
Can't wait to see your end product! Hope you post it here.
maxglitz3 years ago
I'm always awed by artists who can create such elegance out of a dumpster dive. This is magnificent. Beautifully conceived and crafted. Bravo.
flyingpuppy (author)  maxglitz3 years ago
The hidden truth is that I had to take a lot of antacids along the way because I had no idea if it was going to work. Thanks for the huge compliment.
sunshiine3 years ago
Love this but don't you think this would look so much better hanging on my porch? The color is amazing!
flyingpuppy (author)  sunshiine3 years ago
I'm sure it would. Hence the directions for making your own. : )
H3xx3 years ago
They look like hookah bowls. all you would need is something to keep the shisha from sliding down the neck. :)
mary candy3 years ago
Beautiful !
Sure I'll make one like this :D
flyingpuppy (author)  mary candy3 years ago
Obrigada! But you'll have to use Taí or Brahma bottles. : )
Taí or Brahma ?? hahaaha
Brama only the dark bier I trink, and Taí I think it no longer exist anymore :)
Uncle Kudzu3 years ago
I been collecting some blue Skyy Vodka bottles for a friend's bottle tree, but this chandalier turned my head! So let's see - I've got loads of bike parts and a few cobalt blue bottles... time to learn the fine art of bottle cutting? (Make: recently highlighted a video on bottle cutting, but with a special jig.)

Nice work, puppy, very nice!
flyingpuppy (author)  Uncle Kudzu3 years ago
Thanks. Do look at the blog with the instruction for EASY BOTTLE CUTTING. (the second of the two videos) All you need is a $3 glass scorer.
calskin3 years ago
Love this!
flyingpuppy (author)  calskin3 years ago
Thank you!!
nice
flyingpuppy (author)  The Papier Boy3 years ago
Thanks! I like your mermaid!
artfulann3 years ago
Beautiful! Have you ever been to Austin, TX? There is a "outsider art house" there with blue bottles in a mattress. Made me think of your chandelier.
flyingpuppy (author)  artfulann3 years ago
I'd love to go to Austin (about the only place in Texas I'd like to go to). I wonder if they used Bawls bottles. Love the cobalt blue!
For what it is worth, Houston in a really cool place to visit if you're into Art. I grew up in a place like Austin (Athens, GA) and so I know about eclectic and also urban from living in several urban cities. So if you're in Texas, Houston is only 3 hours away. Kind of like if you're visiting DC- NYC is only ...
xavec3 years ago
...and *that* is a thing of beauty. Nice job!
jmitch773 years ago
Wow! I love it! Great job!
flyingpuppy (author) 3 years ago
Thanks! Not an easy one, but it was cheap! : )
bajablue3 years ago
WOW! Excellent work, pup!!!!!!!!!