Romantic Outdoor Lighting: Garden Chandeliers

Could there be anything more enchanting than an evening garden party lit by an outdoor chandelier? It seems like sort of a fantastical idea, but there are several ways tackle this as a relatively easy DIY project, and then of course there are plenty of simple wire candle chandeliers intended for outdoor use.

As you prepare your outdoor space for the warmer weather, consider these options for romantic chandelier lighting in the garden:

• For a rustic look, try a wire chandelier meant to display candles. The one pictured in the second photo above is by Raymentwire.

• If you think you might get tired of this look by the end of the summer, why not just convert an old salvage chandelier into a candle chandelier for hanging outside. It'll rust, of course, and deteriorate eventually, but in the meantime you'll have a kind of vintage/elegant atmosphere.

• If you'd rather have electric light than candles, try winding some outdoor string lights around the wire frame of an old salvage chandelier (see third photo). Whimsical and festive!

• Use a pot rack, some chain link, and a bunch of glass jars to make a beautiful DIY candle chandelier. The fourth photo shows a version you can learn to make on iDIY.

• For a temporary solution for a party, consider stringing up an old chandelier as you would a pi├▒ata, with a rope suspended over a tree branch and tied around the tree trunk. The fifth photo (from Domino) is such a pretty example of this playful idea.

• Another DIY idea involves simply tucking a few jars with candles into a wire basket and decorating it with chandelier crystals (see last photo above). A fun project to do with kids! See Sunset for the tutorial.

Got any outdoor chandelier ideas? Please share.

(Images: Southern Living; Livingetc; Real Simple; iDIY; Domino; Country Living; City Sage; Sunset)