Fancy and Flowered

I bought an old chandelier from a thrift store with the intention of using it in my closet when we remodeled it. However, the chandelier was way too large for the height of the ceiling, so it ended up sitting in the garage unused.

One day I decided that it was in my way and I needed to find something to do with it. I found many uses for it online: bird feeder, dessert stand, and many others. But, there was one that really struck me – a hanging planter.

I immediately thought of my mother. My Mom loves flowers. She always has the prettiest yard every summer. She takes pride in it and enjoys doing it. And Mother’s Day was right around the corner. Perfect gift!

I went to Wal-Mart and got some yellow Rustoleum spray paint and some plastic pots that matched.

My husband removed all of the lighting hardware so I had a flat surface to mount the pots onto. I used hot glue to adhere the pots to the chandelier. Using the same method as my previous chandelier re-do, I hung it from a tree to spray it.

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(Unfortunately, I didn’t take any pre-painted pictures, for some reason.)

Once it dried, it was looking pretty good! There was only one problem…

The hot glue was not a great choice. It blended in well before I sprayed, but it stuck out like a sore thumb once the paint hit it. It looked messy, and that was not what I was going for. I wanted the pots to look like they came on the chandelier, like they were meant to be there – not an added afterthought. I opted to cover up the glue markings with some ribbon around the base of each pot and added a little ribbon toward the top of the fixture to tie it together. I didn’t want to do that, but at this point, it was my only choice.

I picked up some plants at the local Ace Hardware and filled each of the 6 pots. It looked something like this when it was finished. Mom loved it.

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If you were to try to do this project on your own, here are some things I learned:
1. Get terracotta pots, not plastic. I chose plastic for weight purposes, but I don’t think they look as good.
2. Drill holes in the base of the pot and the underside of the chandelier for drainage, perhaps?
3. Do not use hot glue; I’m not sure how well it will hold up in the sun for long periods of time.
4. Glue the pots on after you spray them and the chandelier. This will ensure that the adhesive you use will remain clear.
5. As a bonus, you could always add some jewels and whatnot to fancy it up! They look pretty in the sunlight!

Other than that, the project is pretty easy. It looks really good hanging from a tree over an outdoor seating area as well. The whole project cost was only about $40.

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