I've been drooling over these wooden bead chandeliers for a long time now. They're chunky, artsy, fun, and look great with a lot of different styles. Although my obsession runs deep, I was hesitant to pay for that price sticker! Most chandeliers I found were around £100. Naturally, this pushed me to go down the Pinterest rabbit hole and I started digging around for some DIY options to achieve wooden chandelier heaven!
One of my resolutions this years was to spend more time doing DIY's and creative projects that fulfilled me. The Fuzzy Bee is amazing but a lot of my time is spent doing admin and marketing so I love days when I get to do something for the home and share it with all of you at the same time. This project was awesome. Parts of it were out of my comfort zone and I had to problem solve how I was going to make it work. Other parts were just plain fun to assemble, like the pom poms! I hope you guys love the look and PLEASE let me know if you are thinking of taking the plunge. I am so glad I did.
So, let's get started, I was creating this piece for my ceiling studio lamp so I wanted the chandelier to be fairly close to the ceiling. As it's a small space I didn't want it to totally overwhelm the space. The whole piece is about 1.5 feet so I can easily walk under it but it looks super cute in the room as a little statement piece.
This was a pretty involved DIY timewise and I ended up spreading the work out over a couple of days (while I shamelessly watched Netflix!). So I totally recommend embracing this DIY and giving yourself plenty of time AND wine to complete it and have fun. Below I've outlined the steps one by one to complete the look!
Step One: Collect all of your supplies
I'm a fan of trying to buy all of my supplies from one place to minimize the amount to cardboard showing up at my house. I ended up using three suppliers to source all of the beads, string, yarn, and lampshade ring.
1. Wooden Beads:
I ordered all of the beads from Beads Unlimited as they had all the sizes I needed and they come in the following packs to create the lamp.
- Natural Wood Round 40mm-Pack of 10
- Natural Wood Round 35mm-Pack of 10
- Natural Wood Round 30mm-Pack of 10
- Natural Wood Round 25mm-Pack of 10
- Natural Wood Round 22mm-Pack of 20
- Natural Wood Round 20mm-Pack of 20
- Natural Wood Round 18mm-Pack of 20
- Natural Wood Round 15mm-Pack of 50
- Natural Wood Round 12mm-Pack of 100
- Natural Wood Round 10mm-Pack of 100
I also bought my waxed string from Beads Unlimited! They have a ton of different colors and types. I chose waxed it stayed tight when I made knots.
- Waxed Cotton Baby Pink 1mm
3. Gold Hoop and Lamp Attachment
4. Yarn for Pom Poms
- Multi Colors and Types - From Hobbycraft
Step Two: Attach String + Large Beads
In total, you will have 10 large strands with different bead sizes. Before I started I separated all of the beads into small plastic bags (you could also use bowls). This was to make sure I had everything counted out and that I knew each strand one match exactly. I've put a template below for the large and small bead strands so you can start separating.
I then attached a large piece of string about three feet long to the metal ring. I left about 8-9 inches of string at the top of the ring and the rest I used to string the large strand. Do this 10 times and clip off the ends with foldback clips!
Step Three: Tie Large Strands Together
I attached the strands together by pairs in the next step. This allowed me to make sure they were tight to the metal ring and it also allowed me to tie them off before creating/tying up the full chandelier. I've shown a picture below but my tip would be to lift up the two strands you intend to tie together and make sure the largest bead is super close and tight to the metal bar. Tie the two strands together at the end with a knot and again, make sure that knot is very tight.
You should end up with five groups of two strands all tied together, you should be able to see the shape starting to form for the chandelier.
Step Four: Tie Them All Together
Next, tie those five pairs together. I had to kind of play around with tying them in a way that the strands hung correctly so just play around with it. You can also tie it loosely and re-visit it later when it hanging up. Leave the extra string stands as you'll want those to attach your poms/tassel at the end.
Step Five: Tie The Small Strands + Tie Them
I used the extra 8-9 inches I left at the top of the metal bar to thread on the smaller bead strand. Again, you can use the template above to copy the number of beads I did.
I also used the fold back clips to tie them off. You'll also repeat the process of tying the beads together creating five sets of pairs.
Step Six: Attach the Lampshade Ring
I wanted to attach this to a pre-existing ceiling light so all I needed was a five-inch ring to connect the DIY chandelier to the light. I tied each of the five smaller strands to the five-inch light ring. Don't worry of the light is a bit off center when you are adding these on. I made sure the spacing of the beds was correct in the next couple steps.
Step Seven: Create Pom Poms
I then used up some extra yarn I had in the house to make some pom poms. I made five medium-large poms to attach to the metal frame. As you can see from the pictures, I tied them to go between each bead section. I just tied them straight onto the gold metal hoop. I also made one for the bottom of the chandelier and created the Pom Pom, tassel bit first and then attached the whole thing to the bottom strands of the chandelier.
I took some time to choose the colors I wanted. Make sure the color of the yarn is what fits the room! I picked a cream, yellow, pink, and green. I know, I know, Fuzzy Bee colors!
I also used the cream yarn to wrap the white lamp rim. It tied in the whole piece really nicely.
I've attached both the Pom Pom and Tassel DIY's I use here. P.S. I recommend just going for it and using a pom making kit. I have 5-6 different sizes at this point and use them ALL the time. They are totally worth it!
Step Eight: Attach to Ceiling Light
I attached the lamp to the ceiling lamp that already existed in my studio. I did take some time to arrange the beads evenly across the gold metal bar so that the lamp hung evenly. So take some time, plump it up!
Step back, relax, and YOU have made DIY AWESOME!
I am totally dying to see what amazing creations you guys make on your own! If you end up making one send me a pic! What I loved about this DIY is there are so many colors and combos you can do!
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