This outdoor rope chandelier is created with two plywood rings (a large one to support the cord fringe and an inner one for the solar lights) suspended from the same hook. The end result is a unique, ambient feature-piece.
Tap a nail into the centre of a 610mm-wide sheet of plywood (at least 300mm from all sides). Tie cord to the nail, measure to 300mm and use this to mark a circle with a pencil. Mark three more circles by measuring the cord to 170mm, 150mm and 20mm from the nail. Remove the nail.
Smooth around the frames with 120-grit abrasive paper and wipe away dust with a damp cloth. Use a brush to apply primer all over, including the edges, and let dry. Finish with two coats of high-gloss exterior paint, leaving to dry after each coat.
Use a ruler to mark the frames into thirds, pre-drilling centred holes with a 6mm bit without going all the way through. Twist in 75mm screw eyes and clip on the basket chain sets to check they hang evenly. Unclip the chain sets to complete the project.
On the small frame, use outdoor double-sided tape to secure a solar rope light box to the top. Wrap the lights evenly around the frame, twisting the end to hold it in place. Repeat with the second rope light and wire light sets.
Tap the nail into the workbench to hold the roll of cord, mark two points 500mm apart, then pull the cord and cut with scissors. We needed 175 lengths for our holes.
Try making our hanging plant shelf. Why not opt for white braided cord and white exterior paint on the pine to match the shelf to your chandelier?
Photo Credit: Belinda Merrie and Shelby George
*Timbers vary by state and territory; contact your local store for further information.
Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.
When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.