I was supposed to finish staining the railings on the porch this weekend but instead I ran some errands and put together this easy DIY outdoor chandelier for the screen porch!
I had no idea exactly what I was going to do, just that I wanted to use grapevine spheres and tiny white lights!
Because I love the soft glow of those tiny white lights.*
Here’s what I used :
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*Grapevine Balls in 2 different sizes- HERE —> mine are 6 to 7″ and 4″
*2 sets of 50 count white lights with brown wires- HERE
*Garden twine (I had this on hand)
*Birch branch (I had this on hand-but in case you can’t find one in the yard! HERE are some)
*Burlap ribbon (I had this on hand)
I used about 25 lights inside each large ball & 15 or so lights inside each medium ball…
I tried this several ways, wrapped around outside…no.
With the lights sticking out of the ball…looked a bit like a porcupine so that was a no.
Finally I settled on threading the lights inside the balls…
and tying them in place with a bit of garden twine…
I started with a big ball then did two medium then a large and ended with a medium…
I balanced the birch branch on a couple of chairs while I worked with the placement. Because I didn’t want any of the wiring to show, the balls had to touch and be fairly stationary.
Here’s what I ended up with…see the cord in the photo below? It’s really not noticeable unless you look at it from this angle!
To hold up the little chandy, I simply screwed 2 white eye hooks into the ceiling and threaded the burlap ribbon through them, tying it off under the birch branch…
I have the lights connected to a white outdoor extension cord-the plugs of the two cords are hidden between one loop of burlap ribbon. The extension cord goes down the side of the porch and is hidden between the screen and the railing.
You can only see the wires running from one ball to the other when you’re up close and personal!
This was really easy, just a little time consuming if you’re compulsive…I kid you not I carefully placed and tied off almost all of those 100 tiny lights! But it was worth it ’cause those tiny lights give off such a nice glow at night~
The porch project is coming together…today I’m finishing staining the porch rails and I hope to be done with the whole thing at some point this week!
HERE’S another idea to use these fun lighted spheres!