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Spring is finally here (let's hope)! Every year, I spend the first few weeks of spring upcycling old pieces of furniture and decor to welcome the outdoor weather. This year, I am working on sprucing up my outdoor spaces to prepare for alfresco parties. This project is one of my favorites to date – I took an old brass chandelier and turned it into a colorful outdoor chandelier and planter.


Project: Outdoor Flower Pot Chandelier

Level: Moderate


  • Old Chandelier
  • Pliers
  • Scissors
  • Krylon Color Max Indoor/Outdoor Paint & Primer
  • Super Glue
  • Terra Cotta Pots & Dishes


  1. Using the pliers and scissors, remove the wiring and lights from the chandelier. It is ok to cut the wires.
  2. Wipe down the chandelier with a wet cloth to remove all dust and dirt.
  3. Cover a large surface outdoors with a drop cloth or plastic. Lay your chandelier, terra cotta pots, and dishes on the covering.
  4. Spray paint the chandelier, pots, and dishes by spraying swipes of spray paint about 12 inches from each item. Let the items dry for 15 minutes and then flip them over and spray with swipes about 12 inches away. Continue to coat the items until they have an even coat.
  5. Once the chandelier, pots, and dishes are fully painted, let them dry for 30 minutes.
  6. Next, use your super glue to attach the dishes to each lamp holder and let them dry for 30 minutes.
  7. Fill the terra cotta pots with your favorite garden flowers.
  8. Place the terra cotta pots on the dishes and hang your lantern.

Tip: If you are hanging the chandelier in a windy area, attach furniture pads to the bottom of the terra cotta pots and glue those to the terra cotta dishes. The thickness of the pad will leave room for the water to drain.