And I’m not stopping any time soon!! I’m in an upcycle-recycle frenzy!!
Which means eventually I’ll be selling all this upcycled art on Etsy…, but for now, I’m doing a little garden art, gazebo decorating. I wish you could see the whole picture of how this looks in the gazebo…it’s going to be beautiful when it’s all lit and I can’t wait to have our first dinner under our new upcycled mason jar chandelier.
I upcycled an old paintless hanging basket that I had laying around, that I knew if I didn’t do something quick, Dana would throw it away when I wasn’t looking.
How to Make your Own Garden Mason Jar Chandelier
If you want to make one of your own here’s what you’ll need:
Ace Hardware: (LOVE LOVE LOVE my local ACE Hardware store)
Steel Anealed wire
approximately 5-6 feet of small chain
1-2 feet of larger chain
Hook to hang from ceiling (make sure it’s a strong hook!)
13 pint size mason jars
Danglies if desired (I used a snowflake ornament)
Recycled hanging basket (paint it or leave it – el-naturel…)
tea light candles
To hang your mason jar and create a handle.:
Wire #1:Cut a piece of wire the width of the mouth plus three inches. Create a loop in each end.
Wire #2: Cut a piece of wire to fit around the jar plus 2″.
Thread the end of Wire #2 thru the loops on wire #1.
Wrap wire #2 around top of jar and twist ends together to secure tight. Position wire #1 so that it is in the center of the jar and will hang level.
Repeat this for all jars.
Cut three pieces of small chain 12-18″ depending on how long you want the jars in the center to hang.
Cut four pieces of small chain 3″ long
Attach the 3″ chain at the following positions (2, 4, 8 and 10′ oclock) to the upside down planter.
Attach the ends of these chains to the larger chain.
Attach the 12″ chain underside of the planter using s-hooks in the 2, 6 and 10 position. Attach three jars using s-hooks.
Hang jars to outside of planter with s-hooks
Attach any danglies desired
Hang candle chandelier from ceiling by attaching the large chain with an strong s-hook to a hook firmly implanted into the ceiling.
I alternated the height of my jars.
Sounds like alot…but really it goes pretty quick.
Just remember not to leave the candles unattended!!.
It’s no secret….this year has certainly had it’s share of ups and downs. When writing this book the last part of 2011, my Mom was in her final days of fighting a long battle with breast cancer. If dealing with your loved one’s illness doesn’t take it out of you….I don’t know what would! I found myself in creative spurts of energy…and then, as if switching off a light, I was so low I couldn’t get out of bed…… mentally and physically exhausting…………..beyond words…..I was in a slump!
But, I am stubborn, which also translates into strong willed and I don’t easily give up without a fight. I found a respite in my creativity. Those periods of creative energy were like fresh air. This book, like never before is personal….the art is personal….it tells a story…. when Art + Life COMBINE!
I know that so many will relate to this book….Art is awesome….Art is Therapy….Art is healing to both mind and body……and Art tells your personal story for years to come.
There are 35 projects and loads and loads of techniques, idea jump starters to help you connect art with your life
I believe the biggest fear with people who love art…but are afraid to create art, can be summed up in this word…FEAR! We’re all fearful of the unknown….I am! I don’t like to be blindsided with something unexpected. Then again…fear of the unknown, is also intriguing, mysterious, you never know what’s going to happen next.
I know we live in a busy, rushed, have to hurry up and get it done yesterday world….but are you letting FEAR be your excuse for not telling your life story and just saying I’M TOO BUSY? The best thing about mixed media art is there are NO rules to follow (what?? no rules?? when does THAT ever happen??) and IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE PRETTY!!! – why? because life isn’t pretty ALL-THE-TIME! Right? so why put such a heavy burden on yourself? Art…Creating…is about the creative process…what you get at the end is just the cherry on the top!
For me personally, I’ve taken some time to reflect on who I am as an artist. What resonates with me? Through this self discovery, I’ve realized that there is always a common thread….memories!
I associate life experiences to objects and thus why I am a pack rat. Somehow, if I have that piece of whatever….I will also have that memory forever… I don’t have just one hobby…I have several…and so I love collages in my art…with stuff stacked on top of stuff…because that is symbolic in my life…
This book definitely helped me discover some things inside myself that I didn’t realize….flaws…strengths…and allowed me to embrace that.
I love sharing my art…and my art knowledge and that’s why I’ve poured my heart and soul into this book to help you relate to your art….to help you heal…to help you celebrate….to help you remember……
It is finally released and available on Amazon.com
Linda is a professional artist, consultant and author in the Arts and Crafts/Creative Industry. Born in St. Louis, and native to Southern Missouri, she is constantly on the search for ways to inspire others with creativity. Read More…