Saturday, May 1, 2010

DIY Chandelier



I really wanted a chandelier for my front entry. 

I was craving a little bit of girly glamour :) 

Here's the catch...I just really didn't want to spend the money on one. There are some beautiful ones out there, like really really gorgeous ones, but really, would they give me the same satisfaction as this little beauty that I threw together with my bare hands? ;) And sweat...and maybe a few tears. Well, glass teardrops, that is. 

There's something very satisfying about making things. Why is that? Maybe it's just me. I especially enjoy making things out of junk. (Does dollar store stuff qualify as junk?) :)

But seriously...Isn't she cute?





I wanted it to look a little eclectic and not too perfect. Besides, it makes it easier to put together if you're going for a sort of "rough" look!



























Ok....this is how it was done. 

I started with a somewhat cute, but way too small, glass light fixture that happened to be hanging there already. I removed all of the little glass teardrop/chandelier parts and got down to the bare bones.



Then I rigged up a hanging basket frame that I bought at the Dollar store for, you guessed it, $1.



These are the lovely glass pieces from the original light fixture.






And these are some beads that I found for $2.99 and strung onto some plastic wire. (Pain in the butt!)



I forgot to take some pictures of the vintage necklaces that I used, but you can imagine them....the kind you see in thrift shops and garage sales. I used all sorts of pearls, glass beads, etc.

I sort of just strung them up and wrapped them around, and attached them to the top glass piece of the old light fixture (it so happened to have little wire loops all around it). 

Then, I hung the original glass teardrops all around on the necklaces and there you have it....

all done.

(I'm still considering adding some wispy ribbon pieces to the inside of it, so that the light is more filtered, but that's for another day)

For now, it's a sparkly, twinkly little piece of vintage loveliness :)








As lovely as this little 'bundle of junk' turned out, if I'd known there were beautiful chandeliers like this one pictured below for such a crazy-cheap price, I might have saved myself the bother and just ordered one ;)











63 comments:

  1. absolutely beautiful. now that is creative.

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  2. THAT is genius! ....and Gorgeous!! thanks for sharing your creativity :)

    its super cute :)

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  3. Very lovely and twinkly. It looks so pretty with the light on.

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  4. How cool. I love the vintagey whimsical feel to it. So funny you just posted this project. I'm in the middle of making over my Mum's very outdated "good room" and was going to do a similar treatment with necklace beads to tizzy-up her old light fixtures.

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  5. Tracey this is BRILLIANT!! How clever are you my friend! I think it looks beautiful, especially with the bulb turned on:) Too clever for words my dear!! Re: the 'pain in the butt' bead stringing - you need to find yourself some 3 - 10 yr old girls, they love doing it!( I have some for hire if you like, hee hee). Enjoy your gorgeous new chandy ~ Tina xx

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  6. This chandi is so whimsical and charming, Tracey - lovely!! What a wonderful job you've done! You're so creative!
    Victoria

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  7. Right out of an Anthro catalog...it drips with character, charm and elegance. :)

    LOVE IT!

    Cheers~
    e

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  8. This is just so clever.. and FABULOUS!!!! Love it!!!

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  9. Personally, it's just beautiful! Design-wise, it's unexpected and whimsical...and totally yours; that's the best part! :) -shaunna

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  10. so beautiful i LOVE IT ..what a clever women you are ...thanks for sharing XX

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  11. Wow! So amazing, I love it!

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  12. Tracey..........absolutely beautiful.................


    Hugs from me........

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  13. it's THE perfect chandelier!!! I just LOVE it!!!! those projects are the best!!! I'm gonna keep in mind you'r online workshop!!!!!;)))))
    Beautiful!

    Greetings
    Lynda

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  14. Very, very clever and very, very beautiful!

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  15. OK are you kidding me here? This is spectacular! Serisouly I love it! This has my head spinning for my closet. I don't want to spend the money on one in there but I really want one! I may just have to give this a shot! Thanks for your inspiration, you are full of talent!
    XO
    Kristin

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  16. Great idea! It looks adorable. What fun using vintage jewelry too!

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  17. I'm seriously impressed. How cute would this be in my little girl's room? I'm totally copying! PS I'm still so glad I found your blog :)

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  18. So pretty and original.
    I almost made one myself - but broke down and bought a cute one I put in my office. The price was right. :)
    I love yours - I still want to make one of my own, so this inspired me!

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  19. This is THE answer to a problem that I've been having! Perfect and just genius! I Love, Love, Love it!! Thank you so much. When I do it I'll be sure to link back to you!

    Manuela

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  20. SO pretty! I never could have thought of that. :)

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  21. awesome! i actually kinda like the fruit basket alone too...but i can just hear the questions..."is that a ...?" yes, yes it is (for the kabillionth time) but the necklace that really caught my eye? the amber glass...naturally, right!? well done my dear, you never cease to inspire further!

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  22. He is just perfect...
    how creative..
    greetings Kari

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  23. That is such a great idea and it turned out beautifully.

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  24. It turned out fantastic, Tracey!! And I agree with you: doing things with your hand is a real satisfaction...and I think it's relaxing too!!!!
    Your chandelier is absolutely stunning!

    Hugs!
    Mara

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  25. She is stunning, great job!!!

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  26. Hello sweet Tracey - this chandelier is absolutely fabulous! I love it. Love the way you've swagged the beads. So pretty.

    Thank you for sharing!

    Blessings,
    Marie
    http://emmacallsmemama.com

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  27. Your chandelier is unique, whimsical and beautiful. Plus cheap! It's the perfect combination! So cute and clever.

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  28. Very cute - you must have had so much fun with this!

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  29. This is just awesome Tracey! How do you think of making things like this - you're so creative! Love everything about it...its really unique!

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  30. Wow, that is amazing! How did you ever think it up? I just love the shadow it casts on the ceiling too!

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  31. Really lovely. :) But, the tree picture stole my heart! Where did you get that artwork from? LOVE it!

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  32. I love that you made something special and unique to greet guests. Nice job!

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  33. Looks so darling! I love it when the bulb is switched on...so clever of you to come up with this simplistic yet elegant beauty!

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  34. You amaze me my friend...I love it! I just may do one for my daughters room....thank you so so much for this idea. xoxoxo

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  35. i. love. this. it's just so fun but yet classy and spectacular.

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  36. That is creative vintage awesomeness! LOVE!

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  37. I love it! I'm definitely going to have to add this to my "to make" list!

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  38. Great idea. I love it... I will make it for one of my little girl.
    Thank you

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  39. That is such a great idea! I love it!

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  40. Ohhhh I love me some chandeliers!! This one is gorgeous all lit up! Thanks for sharing!

    Love the painting in the background btw! ;)

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  41. You are so talented! It turned out so pretty! I would love one for my house.

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  42. GREAT idea! I love anything beaded and sparkly, especially chandeliers!

    You did an amazing job, I think I'm gonna have to follow you...

    Ann Marie

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  43. I LOVE this idea, I only wish I could do it. I don't think my husband or house full of boys would approve. Maybe I'll just do it anyway!

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  44. That's crazy crafty and beautiful!

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  45. ooooohh, pretty! love how you took something and made way more of it. :)

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  46. This is beautiful!

    I'm hosting a blog party on Saturday and I'd love it if you linked up! http://www.iamalongfortheride.blogspot.com

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  47. That looks so cool - especially with the lights on! I never would have thought to make it like that!

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  48. TERRIFIC! I MUST follow your blog!
    rosie

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  49. What a fun and shabby look! Thanks for sharing!

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  50. Please see my blog for a link and a mention xx Gypsy Purple

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  51. You are so awesome! I'll have to give this a try!

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  52. Wow! This is gorgeous. I just sent a link to my sister. We may be replicating this!

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  53. OK, your chandy is GORGEOUS! I've linked your chandelier to my project post here today too, well done!

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  54. thanks much! I plan on copying this for my bedroom!

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  55. Your chandelier came out amazing.. love, love, LOVE it!!! I just couldn't help but feature it on my new home decor blog here:

    http://frugal-home-design.blogspot.com/2012/02/gorgeous-diy-and-refurbished.html

    Thank you for such an inspirational post.

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  56. Hi there -- Just stopping by to tell you that I too featured your chandelier on my blog & I can't wait to try it out! Thanks again for sharing it. It's somehow made its way out there to Pinterest & I'm sure you're inspiring quite a few people now. :-)

    http://rainintorainbows.com/2012/02/10/pink-closet-redesign/

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  57. Thank you so much for this idea! Im super excited to try this in my bathroom. Redecorating in a shabby glam sort of way. I think this will be so perfect.

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  58. Oh my, I loooove this idea. Linked you up on my blog:

    http://loverlyshe.com/2012/04/20/five-great-diy-projects/

    Thanks so much for sharing! :)

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  59. ı love it, it is cheap and special!

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