DIY Chandelier……..tutorial

Glamour, bling, sparkle….those are a few words that come to mind when I look at this chandelier. And that is exactly the look I was going for. I needed to add a bit of glamour and sparkle to a corner of my daughter’s bedroom…..

And when you can’t thrift one to makeover, why not make one yourself! Can you guess what I used?……..Hanging flower baskets!!!! You can make one too!
DIY Chandelier
Materials:
4 – 10″ wire hanging baskets – (got mine at the $1 store!)
Wire (I used 19 gauge I had on hand)
Needle nose pliers/wire cutters
Hot Glue Gun
Spray Paint
Embellishments – crystals, beaded necklaces (I bought a pack of silver ones at the $1 store), round mirror pieces, colored beads, jump rings, etc – whatever you like!
**Share your finished project in the Brassy Apple Flickr Group!**
download the full tutorial to keep/print HERE
Let’s go!
Step1: Place 2 baskets together – rounded side up/flat side down. Connect them in the middle using wire. Wind tightly. Be sure to space the “loops” to the sides as shown in the photos below.
Step 2:  Take your 3rd basket and thread the hook and chains up through the middle hole and lay off to one side.
(threading up…)
(laying off to one side….)
Step 3: Place this 3rd basket in the middle of the other 2 that you connected – rounded up side/flat side down.

Connect the 4 points that touch (2 on each side. See photo below) with wire. To wrap these with wire easily, apply a small dot of hot glue and then wind the wire around.

Step 4: Turn the entire piece over…..

and place the 4th basket in the middle -flat side down (see photo below). Attached it with wire at the 4 points that are touching as before.

(a close up of how I connected the pieces together with wire)
Flip it back over. Using the top basket that you threaded the hook and chain through the center, the entire connected “chandelier” should now look like this:
Step 5: PAINT! (optional) Hang, spray paint and let dry. We used “berry pink” ultra cover by Rustoleum.
and came out with this beauty! (squeal! White would have been pretty too! just think of all the fun colors you could do!)
Step 6: Give your chandelier a bit of “shape” (this step is easiest to do if it is hanging). Take the 2 outside hooks and place on the inner rings on each side (see photos below). Secure the hook in place with a small dot of hot glue.
Now the chains that hang have some curves, shape and loop to them.
Step 7: EMBELLISH! now the fun really begins! If you have a supplies stash, you may have some gems you can use. If not, this step can be the “spendy” part. Be sure to look for sales or use coupons at your local craft stores if you can when shopping for crystal embellishments. Don’t forget – we picked up a pack of silver “mardi gras” style necklaces at the $1 store. 6 came in a pack too!

 There are soooo many hoops, ledges, chains and other surfaces to attach beads and jewels to on your new chandelier – so have fun! Here are a few ideas of places we attached our embellishments….

Detach the center bottom hanging hook and replaced it with a large crystal and jump ring.

I hung teardrop style crystals from the bottoms of each of the loops on the outside chains (pictured above) and also hung smaller round crystals on the chains above the teardrop crystals.
Dress up the center and outside rings….
Draped beaded necklaces on the center front and back. Just a dot of hot glue on each side….
  I also glued some beading to the frame on the sides and draped it into the middle….repeated on the opposite side……
Just have fun where and how your embellish, drape and dress up your chandelier!

I want to see how YOU crafted up this project! Share your own style – whether it be classic, boho chic, shabby, holiday themed, cottage, etc – post a photo in the Brassy Apple Flickr Group!

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I will be linking up here…..

 
Our project was awared “Jen’s PICK”  in the CSI paint challenge! thanks Jen!

New Nostalgia

This project did double duty! It was entered into the Dollar Store Craft challenge and made the top 10!

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Comments

  1. Megan this is sooo fabulous!! My daughter would LOVE this in her room! I’ll be linking!

  2. That’s so cool!!!
    Lucky kids to have such a creative mum!!!

  3. i freaking love this!…omg!…i can not wait to make my own!…i seriously squealed when i saw this!…fantabulous!…

  4. Pure Genius…never in a million years would I have dreamt this up.

  5. like “greenbean” i also squealed! I’m going to the $1 store as soon as I get off the computer! thanks!!

  6. this is seriously cool! what a great idea! simply brilliant!
    now, i’m assuming you made your daughter’s bedspread? any tips on how you made it, specifically what you used to make it nice and fluffy?

  7. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [25 May 02:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  8. What the heck?!? You are clearly a decorating genius! Love this and it came from ordinary beginnings. Whe knew?

  9. Thanks everyone! I squealed a few times too! :) Good luck and please share photos! I want to see them! :)

  10. I am constantly amazed by the creativity of bloggers. Seriously this is fabulous. Completely love it!

  11. Fantastic job! Love it!

  12. I absolutely am in love with this!! I’m heading to the dollar store RIGHT now, seriously hoping they have some of these baskets

  13. You are full of amazing crafts lately! I think this is BRILLIANT! I will be feature this today at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com

  14. holy crap.
    you are amazing. :)

  15. oh my goodness, this is such a unique and amazing idea!

  16. Oh I love it! My girls would love it!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog! Glad to have found yours!

  17. Awesome :) What a great idea! Thank you for sharing.

  18. I came over from Tip Junkie, and all I can say is Wow! What an amazing idea. The chandelier looks fantastic. Thanks for sharing how you made it!

  19. This is seriously cool!

    Great idea!

  20. I gasped for air when I saw this….so fun and creative! I immediatly emailed my sister about it!

  21. Absolutely Fabulous you clever person.

  22. I have been looking for something like this for my Nativity room I do each year at our church.

  23. wow so inventive!! Im def gonna have to do this for my daughters room!

  24. I love this, you are amazing!!

  25. I am love love LOVING this! Makes me wish I had a girly room to put one in! I’ve been following your blog for a while now, and love it. You are one crafty chica!

  26. Thanks Sarah! these are can crafted up for more than just a girly girly bedroom! :)

  27. Oh my goodness Megan I love this! I just need a daughter now. I wonder how my husband would feel about a pink chandelier in our bedroom?

  28. LOL! I love chandeliers in the bedroom! play around with a different color and different items to dress it up or down! :) if you try it – please share a picture!

  29. Hola Megan, me encanta tu ingenio, este candelabro te quedo espectacular, voy a poner un link de tu entrada en mi blog. Visitame http://inspiradapor.blogspot.com

  30. Genius! That is so stinkin cute! Theresa

  31. This is just too cute and very very clever!

  32. That is sooo cute Megan! I cannot get over how awesome it is.

    Do you want to link it up to the CSI Project’s paint challenge going on right now? The prize is two $30 gift certificates to The Rusted Chain :)

    http://www.thecsiproject.com

    Love it girlie!

    XOXO
    Jen

  33. quite possibly the most creative thing ever! I love this!!

  34. this is great! i am wanting to do a woodland type baby shower, and wouldn’t this look beautiful with all the greens and browns?

  35. Oh how perfect Carrie! I want to create a few more in different themes but how many chandeliers can one have in one house?! ;)

    If you create one, please share a photo. I’d love to see it!

  36. Hola!!!
    I’m your newest follower from Welcome Wednesday! I’d love it if you stopped by and followed me=0)

    I’m having a fun giveaway right now!

    Have a great Wednesday,
    xoxo,
    Carol

    http://www.cieloazuljewelry.blogspot.com

  37. So CREATIVE!
    What an outstanding idea.

    I would love if you could link this project to my link party

    http://simpsonizedcraftsandthensome.blogspot.com/2010/05/socialize-with-me-monday-til-sunday.html

  38. That is awesome!

  39. Found you through Welcome Wednesday and am i glad i did!!! Love your blog! That chandelier is incredible — i’m 28 and I want one! :)

    ♥fashionintheforest.blogspot.com

  40. Creative and thrifty! Great idea.
    Thanks for linking up with Sugar & Spice.

  41. Following you from Wonderful Wednesday. Pls follow me back when you get the chance.
    http://masalabowl.blogspot.com/

  42. This is so beautiful! I think most of us (grownup girls) secretly want it in this color for our own rooms. But true, any color could be gorgeous. Saw this on Dollar Store Crafts…

  43. Great project! I’m stoked that we both thought of the chandelier out of dollar store hanging baskets at the same time. :) Love the pink & bling!!

  44. What a cute project! I love how frugal it is and you have lots of great photosto go with it.

  45. What a wonderful idea and tutorial!

    Stopping by from welcome wednesday and following!

    Come by when you get a chance!

    http://waterwaif.blogspot.com

  46. I love it. Very unique and cool.

  47. Wow! What a neat idea!

  48. it’s a rare thing you create !!
    congratulation!!
    & i’ve been featured you on my site :
    http://childhood-obsessions.blogspot.com/p/other-d-i-y.html
    as first entry !! ^_^

  49. omg this is absolutely fabulous! what a great idea!!!!

  50. This is so cute and so creative! I love me some chandeliers and now i love me some mock-chandeliers! Thanks for the inspiration and the how-to! stopping by from the csi project!

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  52. This is so, so cool, I love it! I’m going to try an upcycled version with some bits I have lying around the house. Thanks so much for such a great idea :)

  53. mine would not look like that. at all. but i looooove yours!

    shell

    gypsylemonade.blogspot.com

  54. Most excellent! You are a smart cookie! This is cheap enough that you could make several and even hang votive holders on it for a patio chandy! It is on my list for sure.

  55. Amazing!! I never in the world would have thought up something like that! Great job.
    Thanks for linking up to We Can Do It Cheaper @ The Virginia House!

  56. Oh my goodness! I think this is the most creative idea I’ve ever seen! It’s gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

  57. So fun and creative – well done – your daughter must love it.

  58. GIRL, that is SO FUN!!! How awesome is that?

  59. Wow. What inspired you to use hanging baskets that way? I mean, did having the baskets yield the chandelier, or were you looking for an inexpensive chandelier idea? GREAT, super, INSPIRING, enviable job, Megan!

  60. Thanks KatrinkaJane.

    I have always loved Chandys and I walked into the dollar store one day, say the hanging basket and immediately the idea clicked! I turned it upside down and saw what they could be! :)

  61. What a cool idea! =)

  62. Gah! This is fantastic!! You got skills!!! MUST follow…

    T.bird

  63. Did you make that quilt? So adorable! I would love to purchase the pattern if available!!

  64. Oh my! This is unbelievable..! Such a great idea. I LOVE it! I’m your newest follower!

  65. thanks for all the follows! :)

  66. LIndsey – I didn’t make the quilt but thank you for the compliment. we bought it online

  67. This is absolutely darling! i just love how you have come up with making this! Who would’ve thought of using those for this! Thanks so much for sharing your fab idea with Sweet Charli!~

  68. This is amazing! great job! :)

  69. So creative! I’d bet it’s super fabulous in the room! I smiled through the whole process. :)

    Thanks for linking up to SNS!
    FJ Donna

  70. This is incredibly creative! Love it!!

  71. This is just crazy creative! I love that you made a totally cute chandelier out of hanging baskets! Thanks for the inspiration and for linking up to Be Inspired last week.

    Chelsea

  72. OMG!! That idea is brilliant!!! Super fabulous!!

  73. Oh WOW! This is literally one of THE best things that I have seen in ages.
    Thank you for sharing!

    Felicity

  74. I want to make this for my daughters room! I LOVE it!

  75. I cant stop saying WOW… WOW! i want one for my room.

  76. Absolutely darling! Brilliant idea!

  77. I’ve been seeing your chandelier all over blogland lately and think it’s so great! I would have never thought of this!

    dropping by from the CSI project : )

  78. Fabulous!!! The raspberry color is perfect for your daughters room. I wish I had a daughter to make one for.

  79. So creative! My daughter would love something like this. I’ve just about giving up on searching for anything remotely like a chandelier because of the steep price I seem to find everywhere, but this is a GREAT substitute. Love it! Thanks for sharing.

  80. Such a great idea. Would go great in my daughters room.

  81. This is awesome!! Gonna make one for sure, appreciate the tutorial

  82. You have a beautiful blog, I like the way you describe the method of making chandelier.

  83. Flower chandeliers are baby gift baskets in beautiful disguise. Same structure, same way-and it is impossible not to be hooked in this art form.

  84. thanks for this great tutorial.
    what a very creative idea!

    i’m linking.

    best wishes, doro K.

  85. Super Cute!! Love the pink! I pinned this (: Thank you for sharing!

    Chrissy
    http://www.formamas.blogspot.com

  86. SO genius! I definitely want to try this after I move. Thanks for the inspiration!

    I included this in our Dollar Store Crafts Roundup on the FaveCrafts Blog: http://www.favecraftsblog.com/link-love-diy-dollar-store/

    Let me know if you’re ever interested in publishing tutorials with us! :)

  87. Wow, you have done such a great job on this chandelier and I really appreciate the photo illustrated tutorial..I love it.. Hope it’s okay, I’ve featured yoru pretty pink chandelier on my frugal home blog here:

    http://frugal-home-design.blogspot.com/2012/02/gorgeous-diy-and-refurbished.html

    Thank you for such an inspiring post…I am your newest follower :0)

  88. LOVE LOVE LOVE! It turned out fabulous!

  89. You, my friend are genious!!

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