If you know me, I love touring chicken coops. One of my favorite things lately in chicken coops are chandeliers. Surely, my chickens would like to be fancy too! This chicken coop chandelier is just perfect for drying fresh herbs for the flock too.
A few weeks ago, I was inspired by my friend Sam’s creation over on HGTV Gardens
. With this in mind, I got to work creating a beautiful and functional chandelier for the chicken coop. I just so happened to find this amazing one at this past week’s Vintage Bazaar
. This chandelier that I created serves a couple of purposes. It makes a great herb drying rack to dry herbs for the chickens and a light.
First, you will need to make the hanger for the lampshade. It looks like this.
To make the hook through the lampshade, assemble them together like so, put washers on either side of the lampshade.
2 cup hooks
Screw another eye hook into the ceiling of the coop to hang the chandelier.
Be sure to test it out to be sure the door clears the chandelier like so.
It even looks pretty just like this!
Next we’ll move onto the mason jar. You will want to put a hook onto your mason jar.
Put it together like so.
Drill a hole into the lid of the mason jar.
Then attach a closed screw loop with a couple of washers and a nut.
Fill you mason jar with a bit of dry rice. This will help keep your flameless candle stable and also absorb any moisture that might come from having the mason jar closed.
You could finish your chandelier at this point, but if you are like me and in the process of drying herbs, why not decorate your chandelier with them? This way, they dry and then you can take them down and share them with your flock!
With small strings of garden twine, take several stems of your herb cuttings and tie them together with the twine. I used oregano, mint, lavender, and pineapple sage.
Now tie them onto the bottom of your chandelier!
There are many variations you can do with this project. If you have electricity, try wiring this lamp with a light bulb inside the mason jar instead of a candle and rice. I have included a complete supply list below so you can have it ready at the hardware store. I would strongly advise you to bring your lampshade with you to be sure your hardware fits perfectly.
You can adjust the size of your lampshade and the size of your mason jar based upon the size of your coop. The possibilities are endless.
Complete Supply List:
- 1 old lampshade
- 2 open eye hooks
- 1 closed eye hook
- 1 connector
- 4 washers
- 2 nuts
- 1 eye screw
- Half-gallon wide mouth mason jar
- Drill and Drill Bit
- Flameless candle
- Uncooked rice
- Freshly harvested herbs
- Garden twine
Photo Credits: Tilly’s Nest