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Great DIY Baby Food Chandelier

When you have a baby you notice that in time you collect some many things that can be an extraordinary useful resource for some other DIY projects. Usually you do not pay attention to the cupboard boxes, the baby food jars, the plastic tea spoons and so on. You consider useless and you throw them away.

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Now you may think of this great DIY project and collect all your baby food jars so that you are able to design it. If you are a nostalgic person of those old times when castles and princesses were so fashionable then your project is perfect. You will get a wonderful DIY Baby Food Chandelier that will look exactly as those old chandeliers from those old castles.

For this DIY Baby Food Chandelier you will need some materials and tools like: tie wire (about 40 yards), 15 to 18 baby-food jars, 15 to 18 votive or tea light candles, 2 barrel hoops, 6 eyehook bolts (black or rusty, if possible), 12 nuts to match the bolts, about 9 feet of lightweight chain (dark or rusty, if possible), large S-hook, wire cutters, needle-nose pliers, jigsaw with metal-cutting blade for barrel hoops (if needed), clamp, drill, wrench.

1. Measure and cut two 24-inch lengths of tie wire. Make a loop in the center of each wire. Place one loop over the neck of a baby food jar and tighten slightly. Then put the other loop over the neck in the opposite direction. Cinch down.

2. Pulling the loops tightly, twist the end wires around each other to secure the wire on the jar neck. Using needle-nose pliers, tighten loops.

3. Bend the lower wire on each side up so it shoots straight up from the jar. This wire should measure about 8 inches; cut if necessary. Bend the other two wires out horizontally from the jar. Cut these to be about 5 inches long.

4. Grab the tip of the vertical wire and curl it outward to form a spiral. The finished spiral should be about 1 inch across and have about three twists.

5. Spiral the shorter, horizontal wires to about the same size as the ones above, but curl them inward this time.

6. Repeat the spirals on the two remaining wires to make a symmetrical holder. You could stop here and use this wire-topped jar as the votive holder shown above. To make the chandelier, repeat with all baby-food jars.

7. Cut a 20-inch piece of wire and make a loose loop in its center. Loop it over the two top spirals as shown.

8. With the pliers, make three tight twists at the loop’s neck. Create an oval about 3 inches long. Twist to close the oval, and then make 12 to 14 twists in the two wires to create a 3-inch twisted section.

9. Use the pliers to bend the twisted portion down as shown. Leave a few inches of wire beyond the twists. Bend the remaining wire ends into 90-degree angles. Cut each end so that about 1 inch of wire extends beyond the bend. Make a small hook on the end of each wire. The hooks should face forward. They clasp onto the wire loop to lock the candle-holder to the hoop of the chandelier. Repeat steps 7 to 10 with all votives.

10. Clamp the overlapping ends of the metal hoop to your work surface and drill a hole through both layers.

11. Thread a nut onto the neck of the eyehook bolt, and then push the bolt through the hole. With a wrench, fasten the second nut on the end of the bolt to sandwich together the two layers of hoop.

12. Measure the circumference of your hoop. Drill holes in the hoop at 1⁄3 intervals and affix an eyehook bolt at each position. The chains attach to these bolts. Repeat with second hoop.

13. Insert a link through the bolt’s eye to attach the chain to the bottom hoop.

14. To attach the top hoop, thread the bolt’s head through the chain’s link.

15. All three chains meet at the top in an S-hook from which the chandelier hangs.

16. To complete chandelier, first hang your hoop structure where you like it. Then attach votives evenly—we hung six on the top hoop and 12 on the bottom. To attach votives, wrap the bent, twisted section of wire over barrel hoop and clasp wire ends to underside of hoop.{found on naturalhomeandgarden}

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Posted in DIY Projects on August 12, 2011

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