Wednesday, November 10, 2010

DIY Chandelier!

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Ok, not exactly a chandelier, but it sort of looks like one and beautifies any space!

Our house is pretty limited in light. There are a few large windows, but we're surrounded by trees so not much light comes through them. Almost all of our installed lights are recessed, which also doesn't produce much light. Unfortunately, husband I really like to see each other! 

So I started on a quest to add more lighting to our house and make it beautiful. Functional, personal, and beautiful. That's what we're about! (Sometimes husband has to remind me about the functional part.) I found a tutorial online for a DIY chandelier using glass balls, but it involved complex wiring and installation, and expensive glass balls. No way, Jose! 

It may not be perfect, but I can make that my own self! 


  • Christmas Balls
  • Fishing Line
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • White Thumbtacks

1. Separate the silver top from the glass ball

2. Separate the silver hook from the base

3. Using the hot glue gun, attach the silver hook to the opening of the glass ball

4. Attach fishing line to the silver hook at the desired length

5. Tie a loop in the free end of the fishing line and attach the hanging ball to the ceiling with a thumbtack
  • Tip: Make as many hanging balls as possible, and hang them at different lengths to create a full, chandelier effect. 

I bought a lightbulb attached to its own wire and plug to hang in the middle of my glass balls, but it didn't really work. Oh well, you try.... So this project didn't create a lot of extra light for me, but it did add a wonderful vertical art element to my dining room and reflects the natural light from the opposite windows!

Final say: I L.O.V.E. this easy project! 

Remember: The world is yours to personalize. Empower your inner decorator! 



  1. this is really cute. i really love it actually. like i want to put one up right now. time to bust out the Christmas decor box!! saw you on some linky, thanks for putting this idea up!
    PS: I'm hosting a giveaway right now... just in case you like winning free things:)

  2. I'm so glad, Meredith! Go make it right now. Right now! GO!

  3. I L.O.V.E. this project too! Super cool!
    You should come link this up to my weekly Thursday Making It With Allie Link Party! I think it would make a Fabulous addition!

  4. Great idea...but, I would want some portability. Wonder if a wire wreath frame could be used as a base so it wouldn't make but one hole in the ceiling? Anyway, super idea and thank you for sharing it!--Carol

  5. Great idea, Carol. Try it with the wreath and let me know how it looks!

  6. Cute idea. I might try something similar and hang them from my mantel. Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. I remember first seeing this in your home...I wonder if Ben could engineer something to make these into some type of light fixture...I really like this look. I would be neat if the balls could be interchange-able lights.