How to Build a Wagon Wheel Light

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How to Build a Wagon Wheel Light
Wagon Wheel Light (freerangestock)

Wagon wheels are a picture of a past. Recycling old wagon wheels is popular, and one of the most common ways to reuse them is to make a chandelier-style wagon wheel light. Pre-made wagon wheel chandeliers can be expensive, but you can make one at a fraction of the cost.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Wagon wheel
  • Mason jars (6 to 8)
  • Lamp retainers (6 to 8)
  • Lamp adaptors (6 to 8)
  • Hurricane lamp globes (6 to 8)
  • Heavy-duty chain (25 to 30 feet)
  • Ceiling hook
  • Chain S hooks
  • Extension cords
  • Light bulbs (60-watts)

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Determine how many Mason jar lights will be on the wagon wheel and purchase all materials. The Mason jars will be adapted as lights or lamps on top of the wagon wheel.

  2. 2

    Lay the wagon wheel down on a working spot. Position the Mason jars on top of the wagon wheel and at the end of a spoke of the wheel on the rim edge. This is where the Mason jars will sit when the project is complete. Mark this spot for the next step.

    How to Build a Wagon Wheel Light
    Wagon Wheels
  3. 3

    Attach the lamp retainers with screws into the top of the wheel, and through the slot in the middle of the retainer at the spot where the Mason jars were sitting. Fold the metal tabs of the retainer down over each side of the wheel rim. This is the holder for the Mason jars when finished.

    How to Build a Wagon Wheel Light
    Lamp Retainers
  4. 4

    Attach the lamp adaptors to the top of each Mason jar. This screws onto the open top of the Mason jar for the light bulb.

    How to Build a Wagon Wheel Light
    Jar Lamp Adapter
  5. 5

    Hook the S hooks next to each jar on the rim of the wheel. These will hold the chain.

    How to Build a Wagon Wheel Light
    Hooks and Chain
  6. 6

    Attach the ceiling hook to the ceiling according to package directions. Once the ceiling hook is in place, determine how low the wagon wheel will hang. Cut chain at this length for as many lights that are on the wagon wheel.

    How to Build a Wagon Wheel Light
    Ceiling Hook
  7. 7

    Attach one end of each chain to the S hook and the other end to the hook in the ceiling. You will need help holding the wagon wheel in place. Make sure the wheel is hanging level. If not, adjust the level by the chain at the ceiling by moving links up or down as needed on the ceiling hook. Once the wheel is level, set a Mason jar into each lamp retainer from Step 3, then screw a light bulb into the lamp adaptor. Attach the hurricane globes into the brackets of each lamp adaptor.

  8. 8

    Thread the electrical cord through each chain . Plug each cord into the extension cord. Thread the extension cord across the ceiling to the wall, and plug in.

Tips and warnings

  • Fill the jars with rocks or sand for a decorative touch.

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