Projects & Recipes
Yesterday I made this light to hang up in our hallway and Macgyver, the loving husband he is, said it was a redneck chandelier. Yeah, well, maybe it is and maybe it isn’t. Who is he to judge? I now have light in the hallway at night HA!! Since we live in an old school and the hallways are ungodly long, the little people need light at night to run to the bathroom. I am not saying we don’t have lights mind you. I am saying we don’t need 300 florescent lights on all night long. Now, since I am married to Macgyver, every light we have changed out or own is some type of LED. Which don’t get me wrong is wonderful. The hallway however, is still florescent and can be seen from space if I flip the switch. I did have a string of LED Christmas lights on top of a book shelf in the hall for the kids to be able to see at night. But, with it on the shelf it didn’t put off a lot of light for the kids at the far end of the hall. Enter “redneck chandelier”.
What you need:
string of LED Christmas lights
Doing the deed:
Take your frame, which could be an old re-purposed grill grate, picture frame or hula hoop. Simply spray paint it any color to match your decor and I use that term loosely since I am a long way off from having any in the hallway. I used one of the light guards from one of the lighting units in the living room which used to be the school gym. Basically the shape and style of an old round grill grate. Grab your LED sting of lights and wrap around the frame. Do try to leave some hanging down, this is after all a chandelier hahahaha. Once you have the lights wrapped the way you like, you are going to need a way to hang it. I used white yarn since this is a temporary light unit for us. I tied 4 strings at even cross sections so the bugger would hang level. We have a drop ceiling, which means to hang anything we have to use these little hooks that slide onto the drop ceiling frame. Macgyver hung the light and he draped the plug on hooks so it is out of the way. Then I plugged it in. Now, back in the 70’s I recall my grandma had these cloth tubes for her old hung chain lamps. I have not taken the time yet to make one for this light, but I will. Once I make one I think the light will lose its “redneck-ness”. It does look much prettier at night than what is conveyed in the pictures and works great for the purpose I made it for. Besides the twinkle of white Christmas lights is nice any time of year.