Hello Skip to my Lou friends!  I’m gail from My Repurposed Life, and I’m so happy to be here to share this easy repurpose with you. Today I’m going to show you how to repurpose an unwanted, or thrift store chandelier into a romantic candelabra.  I’ve made several of these and they are fun and easy to make.  They look great outdoors hanging in a tree or on your patio.  Use LED candles, and you have a sweet lighting source for indoors.

How to Make a Candelabra

Let’s get started!

What you will need:

  • Chandelier
  • Wire cutters
  • Pliers
  • Primer
  • Paint
  • Rope
  • Hot glue gun

repurpose brass chandelierThis is a thrift store find. I got this chandelier at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore for $15.



dismantle a chandelierThe first thing you will need to do is to dismantle the light bulb holders by snipping the wires so you can unscrew the piece.


repurposed chandelierThis is how it will look after you remove the bulb holder.


how to repurpose a chandelierSee this little nut?  You will want to save this because it will hold your candle cup on.  I bent it back and forth until it snapped, then discarded the wired section.


how to remove wiring from a chandelierPay close attention to how you take the chandelier apart so that you can put it back together after you remove all of the wires.



paint a chandelierReassemble your chandelier  and use primer to give it a base coat.


glossy black chandelierSpray paint your chandelier the color of your choice. I used a glossy black spray paint.  I’ve made many of these candelabras, and left them plain.  I decided to dress this one up a little.


wrap a chandelier with ropeI tested out rope and jute to see which I liked best.  I decided the thicker rope looked better.  You can use rope, jute, yard, string, or something else depending on the look you’re going for.  Carefully wrap your chandelier with rope and secure the top and bottom with hot glue.


rope wrapped chandelier candelabraYou can keep the chain that comes with your chandelier or add a rope hanger like I did.  I used black tape to secure the loops for hanging.


romantic black chandelier  romantic rustic candelabraYou can hang your chandelier from a shepherd’s hook, a tree, or from a hook on your porch.



repurposed chandelier candelabrasThese are some of the other candelabras I’ve made from chandeliers.


Thank you so much Cindy for allowing me to share my project today.  I hope I’ve inspired your readers to think outside the box.


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  1. I never grow tired of reading gail’s easy tutorials!
    I’ve seen these over the years and I always say…”I’m going to make one”
    I’m really on the look out now for one of these lighting fixtures…I want one of these on my front porch by Spring!

  2. Gail always writes the best detailed tutorials. Using LED candles in this candelabra is a great idea! I particularly love that this project will rescue many of those shiny brass chandeliers everyone wants to replace these days and that might otherwise end up in the dump.

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