This homemade chandelier is a definite labor of love for me! Seriously…whooweee! But I’m so HAPPY with how it came out. Isn’t it pretty???
I designed and made it for my “closet room”, the completion of which I will be showing you as soon as I can. You can see part of it in the background here
Anyhow, I wanted to show you the chandelier as soon as possible because I knew you’d love it as much as I do.
If you want to give one of these a go…here’s what you’ll need and how to make it.
Clear holiday ornaments
Silver & gold pre-holed sequins
Clear jewelry line or fishing line
Lamp shade frame; Or a wire plant basket; Or you can make your own shape from wire hangers…the possibilities are endless
Light colored, heavy duty thread
Needle & thread
First and foremost, you need to decide where you want your chandelier to hang. I wanted mine to hang from an existing ceiling light-base, so this tutorial is geared towards that. If you have a different situation, you will need to make adjustments accordingly.
PS…the stringing of the sequins is the most time consuming part of this project. But you can do it like I did over several nights while watching, (or rather, listening), to TV. Or you can do it all in one sitting…your choice.
STEP 1: With your needle and heavy duty thread, start stringing your sequins. The possibilities are endless with how you want to arrange the colors. I wanted to have more silver than gold, so I made more silver ones. But you can mix them or just do one or the other. I used 8 sequins pieces for each strand.
Basically you will be weaving your thread through the sequins.
Here’s a good shot to see how the thread is woven so it holds each sequins flat and in place.
STEP 2: Optional…spray paint your wire frame. I painted mine white.
STEP 3: Turn your lamp shade frame upside down so the widest part is at the top. String your clear ornaments in whatever shape you like from the bottom base ring and string your sequins from the top base ring.
STEP 4: Measure your ribbon to go around the top ring base of your chandelier. Basically you are covering the all the tied up sequins strings your just attached. I wanted a frilly ribbon, but I didn’t want to sew one so I glued this pretty light colored pink ribbon to this grayish silver ribbon and voila.
STEP 5: Take a needle and thread and attach your ribbon to the top ring base by pulling your needle through the ribbon, around the wire and back through the ribbon. Repeat this process all the way around the chandelier until your ribbon is fully attached.
STEP 6: Now that your chandelier is complete, it’s time to hang it. This part may be different for you if you have a different light base. Cut wire to fit inside existing light base. String at least 4 strands of clear line or fishing line from cut wire to the top wire underneath your ribbon on the chandelier. Unscrew your light base, just enough to slide the top wire you just attached inside the light base. Once your wire is inside, screw the plate back on and you’re done.
And presto….you now have a pretty handmade chandelier.
…and here’s another view of it…
Out of all the things I’ve made on this blog, I’m going to have to say I’m most proud of this. It really is puuuuudy
Hope you enjoyed this and as always, thanks for stopping by!