Your Weekend Project Is Here: 9 DIY Chandeliers You Can Make in an Afternoon
Published May 9, 2019 7:00 AM
When it comes to decorating your home to make it accurately reflect your style, we always love getting in on some DIY action. That might mean painting your walls yourself, or even getting crafty with some embroidery. But here’s a project you might not have considered before: Why not make your own chandelier?
Now, of course, the chandeliers we’re referring to aren’t the fancy versions you’d find in Phantom of the Opera or the kind that Sia proverbially would like to swing from. No, no. These chandeliers are delightfully colorful and made of materials you can easily find at your craft store. Think fringe and beads—not crystals and brass.
If you want to make a chandelier that can actually light up your space, well, you’ll have to buy a lighting kit and get it rigged up. If your aim is more purely decorative, then no worries—hang your homemade creation wherever you’d like.
That’s not to say that these DIY chandeliers don’t look perfectly refined. No matter what your style, there’s surely one that will make your space feel just a bit more festive. And better yet: it can be made in just an afternoon. Pick your perfect match below.
If the word “whimsical” accurately describes your style
This charming fringed chandelier by In Honor of Design is deceptively easy to make at home, thanks to the help of embroidery hoops. The yellow tassels make it look extra-cheerful.
If you want to make a major statement
Get beading! This option from The House That Lars Built gives off serious boho-glam vibes. Pick up a DIY lighting kit if you want it to work as a statement lamp—but it’ll also look perfectly cool as a non-functional accent, too.
If you think simple is chic
Whether your space is bohemian or minimalist, a fringe chandelier is the perfect option to bring a bit of texture into the pic. The Jungalow’s DIY is easy enough for a beginner to put together (and totally affordable, too).
If spring is your favorite season of all
Whether you’re planning a special fête or you just want to make your home feel a bit more like a mystical grotto, consider The Merrythought’s floral chandelier. Fresh florals are great if you’re entertaining, but realistic faux flowers can also work.
If you’re running out of room to store your plants
The House That Lars Built’s take on a Polish pajaki is perfect for green thumbs: it’s a chandelier planter! Go all out with jewel tones to make this project look as festive as possible.
If you live for beach vibes
Yes, macrame does make the perfect casual-cool chandelier. A Pair and a Spare’s easy-to-make fixture is a great addition for a porch or sunroom.
If you’re looking for a touch of retro flair
Studio DIY’s fringe chandelier lends Art Deco appeal to any room. The choice of flamingo pink fringe makes it perfectly bold—consider it the pop of color your interior needs.
If you’re all about balance
Looking for a project that balances classic style with pure whimsy? Rebecca Propes’s wood bead chandelier is just that. When it comes to the pom-poms, you’d better go big or go home.
If you’re really into nature
Okay, okay: if you’re all about greenery, go all out with Step Inside My Handbag’s massive floral DIY. Go for artificial foliage for this one—then you’ll end up with a massive piece that will actually last.