This post is sponsored by Acorn and Jasco. All opinions are 100% my own.
Our family lives outside during the summer. We play outside, swim outside and even eat outside most nights. It is all I can do to get my family to come in for bed. We have a wonderful backyard, but I have absolutely hated our lighting options. It is warm enough to swim well after dark, but with no lights in the backyard there hasn’t been a way to make that happen. We started building these chandeliers to hang next to our pool. They are perfect! They give off a perfect amount of light, and with Enbrighten Seasons Color Changing Café Lights, we can change up the colors to whatever we want for any occasion. Can you say red, white, and blue 4th of July pool party?
This Chandelier is heavy duty, perfect for holding up to outside weather. It could easily be made with rope instead of chain, but we wanted something stable, secure, and long lasting to hang over our pool, so we went with chain. You can cut the chain yourself or any hardware store will be able to make those cuts for you.
We also went with Enbrighten Color Changing Lights for the lights on this chandelier. I was drawn to them because of the vintage feel of the lights and all of the different light settings, but what sold me on them was the Lifetime LED Shatterproof Bulbs and the awesome digital timer that lets me set exactly how long I want my outdoor lights to run.
We picked up everything except the lights at our local hardware store. You can find Jasco’s Enbrighten color changing lights here.
You will need:
- A hula hoop
- Metallic spray paint
- Zip ties
- 4- 2 ft sections of chain
- 1- 2.5 ft section of chain
- 4 medium-heavy load carabiners
- 1 locking clip
- Enbrighten Seasons Color Changing Café Lights
- myTouchSmart Timer
Spray paint your hula hoop whatever color you want. I went with a fun metallic silver, but black would work well too. Wrap the Enbrighten Color Changing Lights around the edge of the hoop, using a zip tie to secure it to the hoop about every 5 inches or so until the lights feel secure. Wrap the lights around the hoop a second time, securing with zip ties.
In order to make the lights offset on the second time around, I made a small loop of cord then flattened it and zip tied it to the hoop. Trim all of the tails off the zip ties.
Zip tie four medium to heavy load carabiners equally spaced around the edge of the hoop.
Clip a 2ft chain into each of the carabiners.
Bring all of the the chains together and put the locking clip through the last link on each of the four chains. Slide the longer chain into the clip too and then secure. Hang the chandelier by the longer chain.
We hang our lights right next to our pool for swimming long after the sun has set!
My kids are absolutely obsessed with these lights! They love how you can not only change the lights to a different color, but you can change them to do two different colors simultaneously. It also has holiday modes such as red, white and blue for the 4th of July. If you don’t have a particular color scheme in mind you can set the lights to fade into the different colors.
You control the lights with a simple remote, making it really easy to get the look you want.
You can change color to any of the colors on the remote or even dim the lights if you want to set the mood. Plug the chandelier into the myTouchSmart Timer, set the current time and then select the time you want the lights to turn off. That way you don’t have to worry about if you remembered to turn them off!
We loved our outdoor space before and now we can love it long after the sun sets. We have a couple of these set up and can’t wait to make enough for every column by our pool! What would you use these chandeliers for?
For more amazing ideas on how to customize your space inside or out, check out this Pinterest Board.
Alli Smith says
I’ve always wanted to make an outdoor chandelier with a hula hoop. Yours is the prettiest I’ve seen and I appreciate the step-by-step instructions. Love it!
robin RUe says
Wow, I am really impressed. That came out awesome and now I totally want to ask my husband to make one for us 🙂
Jaime Nicole says
I just love this! This would be perfect for a seating area under the trees in my backyard. I’m not super handy but I think I could give it a try!
That is a really good idea! I was trying to find creative ways to make the house look good. I really like this idea even to put it on my porch.
Franc Ramon says
This is a more durable version of the chandelier and also much affordable since its DIY and made from readily available items. The chandelier also looks really beautiful especially at night.
Jacqui S says
How fun is this! I don’t have an outdoor area any longer, unfortunately. I moved into an apt. But, hoping when I move into an RV in a few years, I’ll have that option again when I stop at a location. This would be a great addition to my outdoor space.
Amber Myers says
This is so pretty! What an awesome idea. I might have to make one!
Thanks for this inspiration. Made one for my front porch using a rectangle old metal floor grate instead of the hola hoop. Also liked that I could create and hang this without any help.
Pam Wattenbarger says
This turned out so cute! What a fun way to change the look of an outdoor space. Lighting can really make or break the ambience.
Katie Kinsley says
That is such a cute DIY idea for the patio! I’m not allow to hang anything into the ceiling of my rental, but it is a great idea.
Maurene Cab says
Awesome job! Now, I don’t have to spend a lot of money just to have a chandelier.
valmg @ Mom Knows It All says
That is a really creative idea for adding some light! Hubby isn’t great with wiring but he could handle assemble something like this.
I love that you can change the colors of the lights! Looks like a fun project, and your results were great! Outdoor lighting is so nice, it really adds a lot to outdoor living spaces.
Jenn @ EngineerMommy says
I have been wantin to make something like this. I really love the way yours came out. So cute!
I love this so much, it is so cute! Something like this would look great on my patio, and I love how easy it seems to be to make.
Rebecca Swenor says
I love to do DIY projects and this outdoor chandelier is a great idea. These Enbrighten color changing lights are awesome and I love the different colors you can change them too with the remote. Thanks for sharing this awesome finished project and the tutorial.
Annemarie LeBlanc says
I like this DIY idea. The outdoor chandelier would be a nice addition to our outdoor space. I love how it will set the mood for late afternoon cookouts or just chillaxing at night. Those light bulbs are amazing! I like that they can change color! Nothing sets the mood better than that!
That looks cute. I would love a chandelier for our deck but probably not this time.
My Teen Guide says
What a pretty DIY chandelier! I love these Jasco’s Enbrighten color changing lights. That is so convenient, being able to change the colors of the light bulbs simply by pressing a button on the remote control. I will ask my husband to make this for me.
Shelley Plummer says
Great idea! So wish we had room for something like this otherwise I’d try it!