Vintage Pulley Chandelier

July 19, 2011 |  by  |  Blog, DIY

My mother tongue being German, the word ‘Pulley’ did not exist in my English vocabulary until recently. Actually until we wanted to build a zipline in our backyard. Our neighbor gave me this huge old pulley to use, but at the end we settled for a smaller one. Since then I had it stored in the basement. I knew, I wanted to do something with it one day, it just didn’t know exactly what!

After we moved to the city, I found my pulley again, I needed a dining room chandelier, and that’s what I made out of it.

Unfortunately, I didn’t take any pictures for instructions, but it’s pretty easy to do anyway.

If you don’t find a vintage looking pulley, you can go to Home Depot and find pulleys there.


1. Attach two long wires (mine are about 1.20 meter) to the pulley , on the opposite site of each other.

2. Measure the distance of the wires and transfer that measurement to your sealing.

3. Drill holes and screw hooks in.

4. Attach wires to the hooks to hang chandelier.

5. Use more wire to attach your mason jars to the pulley.

6. Decorate with magnetic crystals. Attach them to the pulley.

7. Add tea lights to jars. *You can fill the jars half way with water and add a swimming candle*

More ideas for pulley DIY’s:

… A ceiling clothes dryer

… Another chandelier….

… Clever pulley closet

… Reading lamp

Total Cost: $0

I already had all the items, but if you would have to buy them it would be: Mason Jars 6x $1, Craft Wire $2.99, Pulley: about $1o, Crystals $6.99 = $26

Total Time: ca 1 hour.

There is something about DIY chandeliers these days;-) Here is my DIY for one made out of chicken wire.

Enjoy your day! Btw, I ♥ your comments!


Linked with TCB & Tip Junkie & Funky Junk & A Beach Cottage & Wow us Wednesday & Somewhat Simple& Tatertots and Jello & Funky Junk

//xoxo, Sibylle//

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  1. You are so cool and creative! What an eye catcher! Love the concept! You rock!!! :)

  2. I love this! I am going to check out your chicken wire chandelier now.

  3. That looks so cool. Great work.

  4. I would never have dreamed up this idea. Super cute!

  5. This is such a great idea, and with the right space it would definitely make a statement

  6. so love love LOVE this!
    onceinabluemoon recently blogged..seeing stars…

  7. The chandelier looks lovely, you did a wonderful job! Thanks for dropping by Beach Cottage and joining the party.

  8. This, my friend, is spectacular!!! What a great idea!

  9. Love it. Happy to have found you through FJI.
    Laura recently blogged..just sitting on the porch

  10. This is brilliant! I have made myself a chandelier from straws, but this idea with jars is really amazing! And also very simple!

  11. What a cute idea! Love the old pulley. Looks pretty simple to put together. Very creative!
    Anita @ GoingalittleCoastal recently blogged..Summer Garden

  12. Such a great use of recycling! Adore this. Just pinned it and would love to find a place in my house for a copy cat ;)
    Lolly Jane recently blogged..How to hang pictures with a pop tab

  13. I am in love with this chandelier! I’m going to make one for my patio.

  14. i would love to feature this on my blog or on our Facebook page


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