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How to Make an Awesome DIY Chandelier

Updated on April 1, 2012

Want a classy chandelier in your house or apartment, but don't want to spend the money to buy one? How about make your own? It's not that hard - you can start off with an old, ugly chandelier and turn it into a gorgeous, cheap chandelier that is sexy AND fits all your needs!

Supplies You'll Need

There are just a few things you'll need.

  • An old chandelier that works and has an acceptable basic shape. You can find this at a thrift store or garage sale, sometimes even craigslist. Any chandelier that has a shape that you like is good enough, even if there's nothing else about it that you like!
  • Spray paint. Unless you want that chandelier to remain brass (which I'm assuming it is, and I'm assuming it doesn't look too great..) you'll need some spray paint. The color you choose depends on the room you are going to put the chandelier in. As seen in the picture above, some people go with bold colors such as orange. Others stick to neutral colors like black and white. You can also choose if you'd like matte or shiny spraypaint. I go with shiny!
  • A hot glue gun. You can get these for pretty cheap at stores like Michael's and Jo-Ann's, or other craft stores. If you don't have a glue gun, you will need to come up with a different plan to attach your decorations to the chandelier.
  • Clear string. If you want to attach threaded beads to the chandelier, you will need some clear string. This is also pretty easy to find at any craft store.
  • Mardi gras beads. Any color will do - you can spray paint them!
  • Larger acrylic beads - usually clear. This is what gives the chandelier that extra "oomph" and makes it look like there's really some glass pieces!!

Once you have all these things ready to go, you are ready to get started on your pretty new chandelier!

Step by Step Instructions

If you're ready to put your chandelier together, here is what you need to do:

  1. Spray paint it to the desired color and finish. Also spray paint any mardi gras beads that need to be a different color.
  2. Let it all dry COMPLETELY!
  3. Start playing around with your beads, hanging them in different ways to decide exactly how you want them.
  4. Once you have come up with a final decision on your design, go ahead and whip your glue gun out, and glue those suckers to the chandelier!
  5. Now add some big, clear, acrylic beads. Hang them with a clear string and then either tie the string or glue it to the chandelier.
  6. Voila! You have a gorgeous new chandelier!!

Now you can see how easy it is to really customize any chandelier. Chandeliers in general can be a bit intimidating but all it is, is an upside down lamp with a bunch of foo-foo decorations on it. Have at it, girl, and go make a sexy chandelier with that crappy garage sale find you scored!


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      Hannah Monroe 5 years ago

      I totally agree! I think they end up looking a lot cooler - plus they usually have a story. :)

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      fyyonn 5 years ago

      This is an absolutely brilliant idea. Instead of rushing off to the store to get a new shiny one, the tips give a better way to revamp and old one. I think the old ugly ones turn out to be better antiques once they are redone.

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      Hannah Monroe 5 years ago

      totally! I just redid a chandelier that I wish I could use candles with but I can't because it's indoors - it'd be so pretty & romantic! :)

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      Healing Herbalist 5 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      Thanks. This would be cool for an outdoor one too. Actually, if you found one that couldn't be used with electric, I bet you could use candles.

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      Madeleine Salin 5 years ago from Finland

      Useful hub, thanks for the tips! :)