Can I just say that I am loving my bedroom makeover so far! This whole JANUARY CHALLENGE has really kept me accountable for my goals for this month. I am just a few projects away from finishing this bedroom that I used to be indifferent about.
If you haven’t seen my recent posts,
I must say, this project that I am teaching you how to make today completely came from my imagination. It is my favorite bedroom project this month by far!
The issue I had was that I have zero light near my closet. I could never see what I was putting on in the morning. Now that I have my large wall mirror in my bedroom instead of my living room, I wanted to create a dressing room/vanity space with lighting! I wanted to make my morning routine a little more exciting and easy.
Of course, I did a little research and found some great inspiration on pinterest, but the idea behind the construction of this chandelier was all me. I had to get creative and like always I try to be a thrifty as possible with my supplies. Mostly, because I want anyone on any budget to be able to complete it!
I have also been reluctant to buy a chandelier since I moved into my apartment knowing that I could make one instead and share here at A & C. The only problem was that I didn’t quite know how I would construct it.
That’s where a little imagination came in. This is my favorite part of these types of projects. My friends and family give me the weirdest looks sometimes when I tell them an idea I have for a project, solely because they cannot imagine it in their minds. The reason I love this is because of their reactions once I have completed the project! Polar opposite response.
The BEFORE image of this project is just a bunch of supplies I needed.
Here is the AFTER image!
If you love this project as much as I do and you want to try to make it. I will tell you, it took about 2.5 (part-time) days to make, but yet again cost me nothing but my time.
List of supplies needed:
- 2 coat hangers – get these from your local dry cleaners. They usually will give them to you for free if you go in and ask.
- 1 outer cap from a mason jar
- needle nose pliers
- wire cutters
- hot glue gun
- glue sticks
- Mardi gras beads and other beads (I had some in my office) but I head the dollar store has some great options.
- spray paint
- hanging plant chain
- tacky glue
- light bulb – 60watt
- lighting kit (cord with socket and wall plug attached)
- christmas ornament (wire) hangers
On to the tutorial.
I took my mason jar topper with tacky glue and twine and wrapped up the entire thing. I let this dry completely before doing anything with it.
I also had to spray paint my Mardi gras beads gold before using them. Make sure to get the colors right before beginning with this project.
I stripped my hangers of their paper.
Next, I will cut the top curved hanging part off and will shape 1 circular shape (make sure to secure it in a circle) I bent both ends and connected them to make it one. (needle-nose pliers recommended)
The next coat hanger I did the same, but instead of shaping it into a circle, folded it in half and cut it. You will now have 2 even smaller wire pieces. I bent these piece in half and connected the ends to the circular piece while connecting them at the same time.
Once the wire pieces are connected you will try to create a dome like shape to help when you attach your beads.
I attached the hanging plant chain hanger to the dome piece I created and the twine wrapped mason jar topper.
I took my bead strands and hot glue in the order that I preferred on the interior of the topper.
I connected the topper with hanging beads to the hanging planter connected to the dome shape. I needed to suspend this project while I was working on it.
I used a long piece of moulding and supported it between my kitchen counter and a wine rack project I have for the future. (the height was just right it worked splendidly)
I proceeded to connect the hanging beads to the first tier (aka the larger circle). I secured each strand with a christmas ornament hanger. My needle-nose pliers were super helpful with this part of the project. I continued doing this all the way around the circumference.
Once I connected all the strands to the top-tier, I took the remainder of the strand and swagged it under the coat hanger dome shape. Thus, connecting and securing it to the opposite side of the fixture to achieve a typical waterfall chandelier effect. I used more ornament hangers to secure the beads to the fixture.
I realized that I have a couple of candle sticks that were given to me by a friend that had these lovely little hanging glass decorative pieces. I decided to remove them from the candle sticks, spray paint them black and attach them to the sides of the chandelier.
I added a swagged bunting effect with beads on the sides of the chandelier.
I decided to wrap the top and the middle of the fixture with a pretty black ribbon to finish it off and mask off the coat and ornament hanger unfinished look.
I inserted the wire and socket through the top of the mason jar topper and added a leftover piece from the wire hanger into the underside of the topper.
Why you ask?
A) to secure the wire in place.
B) To add additional support when hanging the chandelier from my ceiling.
Once secure, I installed a my lamp swag kit hooks from the ceiling. I hung my lamp at my desired height and used a decorative ribbon to add a little extra elegance to cover the black electrical wire.
I plugged it in and had a cocktail to celebrate my creation!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and found it helpful for your DIY-ing future!
I am so in love with this chandelier! I can’t stop looking at it. I have so much pride because I made it and it is exactly whats I was wanting in my room to achieve the vintage glam feel.