No romantic home is complete without at least one chandelier to add the shimmer of crystal to your elegant space. While there’s no denying the appeal of a vintage piece, creating your own crystal chandelier to give your home a little personal charm and character. It’s not only a fun project, but it’s easy too! Keep reading to find out what you’ll need, and what to do.
DIY Chandelier: What You’ll Need
- 1 lampshade
- Gold spray paint
- Gold metallic cord – about 5 yards, depending on size of lampshade
- Variety of acrylic chandelier bead garlands
- 3 Acrylic candle bobeche
- 4 Glass votive holders
- Thin gold-toned wire
- Jewelry chain
- Hot glue or other adhesive
DIY Chandelier: What You’ll Do
- Cut the fabric cover from the lampshade and remove all the glue remnants. Spray with gold spray paint.
- Wrap gold cord around the bars of the lampshade frame, making sure it is evenly spaced. Secure using hot glue or other adhesive.
- Use the wire to attach the strands of crystal to the lampshade.
- Using hot glue or other heavy duty adhesive, attach the bobeche to the frame. Make sure they are secure, and then glue the votive holders on top of the bobeche. Glue the fourth votive holder inside the shade, where the light bulb would sit.
- Attach three equal lengths of jewelry chain to the top of the lampshade, joined together with a large jump ring for hanging.
If you like, you can leave off the bobeche and candle holders and use it on an electric lamp. We chose to add gold tea lights for an extra bit of bling.
You can also use vintage chandelier crystals (rock crystal or leaded glass) to create a unique, one-of-a-kind treasure for your home.