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How to Make Your Own Chandelier

Updated on August 12, 2011

Chandeliers add sparkle and beauty to any dining room or kitchen. And they can really be used of any room in your house if they are decorated accordingly. Which might make you ask yourself if it’s time to get a new chandelier? This can be costly though, is it possible to make your own? Yes it is, in fact it is actually quite simple. You can either buy yourself an old chandelier at a garage sale or second hand store or you can use your old existing chandelier and spice it up. This is also a great way to recycle your unwanted lighting into something that you will love to have. Here are a few steps to help you make a beautiful chandelier either from an old ceiling fan fixture or from an old chandelier that’s been kicking around your home.

What You Need:

  • Old chandelier or old ceiling fan fixture
  • Latex or acrylic paint
  • PVC Piping, if you want to make the chandelier from scratch
  • Plumber’s putty or all-surface adhesive
  • Sandpaper
  • Primer
  • Fabric or air dry clay
  • Light bulb shells and sockets
  • Chandelier chains-optional
  • Wiring and lighting kit-optional
  • Embellishments

Step 1: Plan

Plan where you are putting the chandelier that you are about to make. It could be for the dining room, living room, front entrance, children’s room, kitchen etc. Plan the colors that you will be using and purchase the materials needed from your local hardware store. Plan for any added embellishments as well. This may be dangling crystals or home made beaded flowers that can be bought at a craft store. Look for the appropriate looking pipe if you are using the light fixture.

Step 2: Affix the Piping

Join the piping to the light fixture using the plumber’s putty or all-surface adhesive. Try to be creative when gluing on the piping.

Step 3: Sand and Paint

Sand the piping and add a primer and allow time to dry. Or if you’d like to go for a different look you can glue on the desired fabric or you can also use air dry clay to paint, simply shape it over the pipes and allow time to air dry. Once the primer or clay has dried proceed to paint the chandelier with the desired color. Make sure that you leave the piping open for the wiring after you have painted.

Step 4: Thread the Wire

Thread the wire through the fixture; you can purchase this at any home improvement store. Pull the wire through the top of the fixture leaving extra wire to enable easier attachment to the ceiling.

Step 5: Attach Light Bulb Shells and Sockets

Attach light bulb shells and sockets at the end of each of the arms.

Step 6: Add Embellishments

You can now add any crystals, flowers, glass beads or anything else that may be an added characteristic of the room you are decorating for.

Step 7: Hang the Chandelier

Once you are finished decorating your chandelier, it is time to hang it up. You may need to use some chandelier chains, either existing ones that were with the chandelier to begin with or new ones that were purchased prior. These will be especially useful if the chandelier is heavy.

Always be sure to take care around any kind of wiring. To use an old chandelier will require the least work, but can not be as altered to what you may desire in your chandelier. Either route you decide, it will be a delight for you to look at when using your new chandelier.

Is it worth your time to recycle your old chandelier to redesign it and make it new again?

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    • Steph0596 profile image

      Steph0596 7 years ago from Ontario

      Thanks Lindsay,

      You can easily add your own crystals and that can not only add to the beauty of the chandelier but will add a nice energy to the room.

      Crystals can be bought or you could go the beach or your own back yard and collect some and then polish them up...

      Good luck to you!

    • lindsays5624 profile image

      lindsays5624 7 years ago

      Nice approach.

      Do you sometimes add some crystals, maybe second hand?

    • Steph0596 profile image

      Steph0596 7 years ago from Ontario

      Thanks, since recycling is on all of our minds, why not remake an old chandelier to what you would like and save not only your money but land fills too.

    • winegoddess55 profile image

      winegoddess55 7 years ago from Mount Forest

      Excellent idea. Recycling meets personal artistic creativity!