The Steps to Making an Easy DIY Chandelier

The Steps to Making an Easy DIY Chandelier

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There's one simple element that can transform any room from drab to fab, and it often gets overlooked. Decorators often find themselves fussing with wall hangings and artwork or fancy rugs, when what the room really needed gets completely ignored. There's no doubt about it, light fixtures are capable of amazing things. Why do doctors' offices feel so sterile while your bedroom is so cozy? If we'd have to guess, we could say that you've put a little more effort into the light in your bedroom than slapping up some fluorescent lights. If you're worried that the ideal light fixture is too expensive, worry no more! With a DIY chandelier, your dream light is just a few steps away, and can be made out of everyday objects.

DIY is a craze that will never go away. Not only does it allow your creative side to shine, it also gives you the opportunity to personalize your home or space. DIY is famous for being affordable, so there's no need to worry about cost. It also can transform everyday objects into beautiful and original pieces of art that can't be found anywhere else. With millions of projects to choose from, each with a different requirement for artistic skill and supplies needed, you will truly be able to find a design that fits your wants and needs.

You're just a few steps away from having a beautiful DIY chandelier!

What You'll Need


There's a new craze going around that involves using balloons to create circular objects, and we've decided to use that trend to create a DIY chandelier. Don't worry--the balloon goes away once the shape is achieved. To create this DIY chandelier, the supplies you'll need are minimal--you'll need a good amount of wood sticks, (size and style are totally up to you, but you'll need enough to cover the surface of a blown-up balloon), a strong glue, a balloon and a plant pot (or anything it can sit in while you work), a piece of tape, and a light to go inside. If you want the light hung from your ceiling, you'll need to install a hook and get a chain or device of your choosing the chandelier can hang from (though we think it looks just as nice on a side table or as a centerpiece). You also have the option of covering the balloon in some form of plastic wrap, like a plastic bag. This may help keep it from popping as you work.

What You'll Do


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Ok. Here comes the fun part. Gather your materials and head to a place where you'll have space to work. It will be relatively time consuming, so plan ahead whether or not you'll want to be sitting while you work.

Step 1

First things first. Blow up the balloon. However big the balloon is is how big the lamp will be, as all the sticks will be glued together around it. So, if you want a big lamp, make sure the balloon is large. If you want a smaller one, don't blow it up as much. Just make sure it's a size that won't pop while you're working! Once it's the size you want, set it in the plant pot (or whatever you have). If you're going to wrap it in plastic, now is the time to do so.

Step 2

Make sure your sticks are broken up into relatively small sizes. You don't want any awkward pieces sticking out as they go over the curves of the balloon, so keeping them to no more than 3 or 4 inches is probably best, but again, that's up to your artistic discretion. Take the first stick and tape it to the balloon. From there, you'll start gluing. Make sure the glue only goes onto the sticks, and not the balloon. Put glue the ends of the first stick and attach two more. Repeat. You'll work your way around the balloon-like this, making it as thick or thin as you'd like.

Try adding layers for different effects around the lamp—remember that a light is going to be in the middle, and will refract in neat ways around the sticks. If you're planning on hanging the light from the ceiling, make sure the bottom (the part that is now the top, since the actual top is in the pot), is dense enough to hold a light. You may need to add more sticks in this area to give it a sort of flat surface. Make sure to leave the part of the balloon that is in the pot stick-free so that you'll have a place to slip in the light. We'll come back to this later.

Step 3

Once you're happy with the coverage, let your DIY chandelier dry. The amount of time it needs depends on the type of glue you used, but it should definitely be given a few hours. The longer you wait, the more sturdy your new DIY chandelier will be. The last thing you want is the project you've just worked so hard on to come tumbling down, so it's probably best to lean on the safe side and give at least a couple of hours, if not overnight.

Step 4

Time to pop the balloon! Take the tape off your first stick, grab a needle or other sharp object, and pop away. The sticks will hold the circular shape once the balloon is gone, held together by the glue. Take the DIY chandelier out of the pot. You're ready for the final steps.

Step 5

Once your DIY chandelier is out of the pot, it's time to work on the top. If you're planning on resting the chandelier on a side table, great! You're done! Simply place the light on the table, turn it on, and put the chandelier on top. The space that was left open will act as a nice stand, and the light will cause neat refractions from the inside. If you plan to hang it from the ceiling, slide your desired light in and rest it on the area that you've made dense. Then, take a stick that is long enough to reach from one side of the top to the other and glue it in place. This is where you can attach it to a chain or a hook, and you'll still be able to access the light.

Step 6

This step only applies to those who wish to hang their lamp. Choose your preferred hanging method, and install it to your ceiling. Attach the chandelier, and voila! You're good to go! If you opted for this method, it might be a good idea to find a light that can be operated by remote, so you can turn it off and on with ease.

Other Creative DIY Chandelier Ideas

Sound too complicated for your taste? No problem! There are tons of ideas for DIY chandeliers out there, and there is bound to be one that suits you. A popular option is connecting old spoons or teacups to create interesting lights, or using light bulbs hung together to make one light. You'll be able to choose a DIY chandelier that suits your personal tastes and the style of your home. Often the best DIY chandeliers and projects come out of everyday objects that hardly anyone pays attention to. Because they are so common, when they are used in a unique and interesting way they are sure to draw attention.


For example, the mason jar trend seems like it will never die out. By simply purchasing a fixture, attaching mason jars, and slapping it on a stained piece of wood, you immediately have a beautiful and eye-catching light fixture that will look lovely in any room.


Doilies have also become a trend, and are used in a similar way as the one outlined above. By blowing up a balloon, using mod podge to attach the doilies, waiting for it to dry, and popping the balloon, you'll have a beautiful chandelier.


Attaching a wreath-like object to your ceiling and hanging string lights from it will instantly bring an earthy feel to your home, and make you feel connected with nature. This is an extremely simple yet beautiful project, and can be completed without much work involved.

Conclusion

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The world is filled with projects just waiting to be tackled, and the world of DIY is even bigger. WIth a little bit of creativity and patience, you can create anything, and foster an environment that is unique, captivating, and you. DIY chandeliers are one way to bring a spark of joy and individuality into your home or space. They can be created by using even the most mundane, everyday objects, and, by doing so, make those objects unique and special.

No matter your style, there is the perfect DIY chandelier out there for you. The best part? If you find an overall outline of something you like, you can make modifications as you see fit, ensuring your home will be filled with your own personal and creative touch.

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