Use the DIY approach and make a candelabra to add some antique flare to your home decor. Put old lamps and chandeliers to good use and make the candelabra the colour that you want. Look for these parts in thrift stores and find a few other materials that you need in the craft store or a hardware store. Choose the shape and size of lamp and chandelier that you want, which will be the basic shape and size of your DIY candelabra.
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Things you need
- Wire cutters
- Plastic sheet
- Spray Paint
- Christmas tree beads or
- Mardi Gras beads
- 26-gauge wire
Remove the top of a lamp base that holds the light bulb with a screwdriver, and take care not to damage the base of the lamp itself. Cut the wire that is coming out from the side of the lamp with a pair of wire cutters and remove the wire from the inside of the lamp.
Cut and remove the wires and light bulb holding components from a hanging chandelier with wire cutters and a screwdriver. Be sure that the spot where the light bulbs sat on the chandelier are now flat, round pieces that will support a candle.
Attach the bottom middle of the chandelier to the top of the lamp base with epoxy. Wait at least 24 for the glue to harden.
Lay a sheet of plastic on the ground outside or in a well ventilate garage and place your DIY candelabra on the plastic. Spray on a thin, even coat of spray paint in the colour and finish that you like. Wait 4-hours for the paint to dry, add another coat and let the paint dry completely over night.
Hang strings of Christmas tree or Mardi Gras beads from the middle of the top of the candelabra to each individual candle holder and tie in place with a piece of 26 gauge wire. Place a small pillar candle on each candle holder.
Tips and warnings
- Make sure the lamp is not plugged in when you begin disassembling it.
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