D.I.Y. Oversized Fabric Garland Chandelier

 

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Make a statement piece in your home out of supplies you already have on hand! I designed my oversized fabric garland chandelier to fit over our table but you could also use it in a corner that needs a little more excitement, above a reading nook in a child's bedroom, or as the backdrop for your next holiday party.

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You'll need: 1 wire cooling rack, 2-3 yards of fabric in different shades, 1 strand of twinkle lights, 1 white extension cord, lace, chenille, embroidery thread, a needle, two hooks that screw into a wall, a drill.

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1. cut strips of fabric in varying widths (1/2" – 2") for depth. 2. create texture with strips by stitching loosely through them with embroidery thread and then bunching them up before tying a knot. Spread them out evenly along your thread and leave enough string at the end to tie it to the cooling rack.

53. Starting about 5 rows in from the outer edge, fold the short ends of each strip of fabric over and hand stitch a complete row of fabrics. Vary the shades and thicknesses but use more thick ones than skinny ones on the inside rows. They need to cover your lights and add density. Tie a knot at the end of your row and trim your thread. Repeat until the outer five rows on each side have been covered. Use more thin strips on the outer row. 4. Add three or four strips of fabric along the middle rows just at each end. You're going to leave a big hole in the middle for the lights to hang. Add some thin srip here as well. 6
5. Use a thin strip and wrap it around the edge of your sheet to cover the exposed metal. Stitch together at each end to secure. 6. It should like this. Repeat on the other side. 7
7. Carefully attach your twinkle lights. Start with the plug near the back left (or right) corner and tie it near the top with a thin strand of fabric. Continue to tie up your lights in three or four places. Let them hang down but not further than the fabric. 8. Cut four strips of fabric measuring about 2.5" apart and stitch them together at the end as shown. 8
9. Pull one strand through the corner and continue to braid the rest together. This will be one of the four strands that you hang your chandelier from. You can replace this with chain if you'd like but the fabric disguises the extension cord a bit. Attach your extension cord to the plug in from your twinkle lights and then braid it with the strand on that corner. 10. Draw all four strands up so that they are equal and tie them in a large knot.
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Drill a pilot hole in your ceiling and hang a strong hook where you'd like to hang your chandelier. I drilled another above the socket against the wall so that the extension cord could hook into that and not hang down aimlessly. Then I plugged it in and had some lovely lighting! Trim yours up to the height you'd like.

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During the day it works as a statement piece and softens up the dining area. After dark it adds drama and a soft glow, perfect for these long nights. Enjoy! xo, Rachel

 

  • Such a lovely idea. Normally, I don’t tackle a lot of DIY projects involving fabrics, but this is too gorgeous not to try. I also love that the color cream is used, which makes it very elegant. Thanks so much to all that participated!

  • BEYOND LOVE this beautiful creation!!!! I am going to make one, possibly adding tiny shells from my local beach or maybe some capiz shells since they are so light weight! ❤️

  • I Loved this… I would like to try to make it with irredesent fabrics… Maybe a few irredesent beads and baubles…
    Thank you Again for the idea… I want
    It to put in my RV…

  • I totally LOVED this. I stuck it quickly when I saw it on A Beautiful Mess and can hardly wait for the opportunity to make my own! Much obliged to you for sharing it!!!

  • great idea! I like the embroydey hoop idea as well. And you can find those in different shapes at the hoobby stores. Pretty cheep too. Tell me if you can, Why not use a long strip instead of cuting it so chort and sewing it at the top? If you usee a long strip and loop it over you would have twice as many. Would it be to thick? Im sure you thought of it but I am the curious type. Sorry.

  • WOW, I have to make this, too bad my nephews wedding was last week! where to put it when I am done??????

  • Just. Gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing how to make the fabulous and unique lighting fixture!

  • That is so cute. Very unique indeed. Definitely gotta try this also at home. Thank you for sharing.

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  • This is so incredibly beautiful! Wow! I’m so inspired, I’ll have to tell my readers about your blog!

  • Oh my goodness, this is incredible! I’ve gotten a lot of DIY inspiration over here lately, but I think this project is the one with the most impact. I’m definitely contemplating about making it, I just have to figure out where I would put it to show it off proudly 😛
    Thank you for the continuous inspiration!

  • OMG! it’s so cute and original! I want to do one for me!

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  • what an absolutely magical idea for a chandelier! so simple and so lovely. i love projects that are born from materials already lying around my house, so i’ll definitely be giving this one a try!
    thanks for the inspiration!

    xo-
    Lo

    http://unapologeticallycute.wordpress.com/

  • What an adorable idea for over the kitchen table for my house! take that boring room from bland to sweet and soft. i love this!

  • how do you have time to do all of this! wow!

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  • Elsie you are so creative it’s ridiculous – what an incredible DIY project!

  • Oh my! Such a great idea. I might have to do something like this in my craft cove…thinking in the knitting chair corner.

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Wow what a fabulous diy project. This chandelier looks amazing. Thanks for sharing!

  • Wow! What an incredible idea! I am in love with this and may need one for my reading corner!

  • Love this, especially with the mini white pumpkins, I can’t help but buy a boatload of them every fall!

  • What an awesome DIY! I love it so much and I think I’ll try and make one too – if I find the time, heh.

    xx

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  • Gorgeous! This would look so great above my dining room table in a few orange shades.

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  • oooohhh my gosh! this is BEAUTIFUL! I’m redoing my room soon and I have been using your site SO OFTEN for inspiration. This is deff going on my list!
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  • Love the Chandelier!!! AMAZING!!
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  • What a cute DIY! This has Rachel’s name written all over it 🙂

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  • such a cute idea! it would also look cute in a baby room…maybe it’s just me? this definitely looks easy enough for me to try though!

  • This is my favorite DIY EVER! I love the way this looks. I want to try it in my bedroom (I HATE the lighting in there)! GORGEOUS, ethereal and perfect!

    Kacie

  • SUPER amazing!!!! I love the impact + the glamor of it!!
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  • Omg you’re killing me with these DIYs this is so beautiful!!!! So many useless bookshelf-induced nooks in my house can now be rejuvenated C:

    anastasia
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  • I love this! It’s soft and dreamy looking. I’m thinking how beautiful it would look in my daughters room.

  • oh wow, that is so pretty. and a wire cooling rack?! so clever. i wish i had some place to put something like that.

  • This is such a simple and amazing idea! great if your on a budget!!! Thanks for sharing!
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  • This site is the absolute best for D.I.Y’s. I love this tutorial. What a cheap and easy way to spruce up a home.

    Thanks!

  • I love this! A smaller sized one would be great too!

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  • Great idea!!! You can also do this by using and embroidery hoop if you would like to have a circle shape chandelier. I would have never thought of using an oven rack…I like it!

    • They make more than one shapes and sizes of wire racks. And many are available at your local $1 store. I have, or have seen round, square,rectangle, and even triangle!, in different sizes.

      I wonder how these would look in colors?

  • I just moved into a house that has a weird little ‘alcove’ recessed into the wall in the dining room. It’s got a spotlight above it, and it’s just tall enough that I couldn’t find ANYTHING that looked right… something like this could totally work. Thanks!

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  • THis is more than amazing! I love it so much! I wish I could drill into the ceiling here…I don’t think I’m allowed. Definitely a DIY to try in the future! THanks for sharing! 🙂 -Lo

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  • this is such a neat idea!! I love the look of it. How do you guys think of these ideas!?? 🙂 You are so amazingly creative!! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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    i´totally in love and i will make such one for our new home!!!
    thank you rachel for that great great idea…
    and thank you elsie for sharing it!

    have a wonderful autumn.day…

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  • Oh my goodness, I couldn’t love this any more!! I’m definitely going to have to try this. 🙂 Thanks for the great diy!

  • Wow! I love the two yellow chairs in the last picture. The chandelier is cute too!

  • that is such a sweet idea. and totally my level of difficulty – i.e. it looks simple enough for my clumsiness.

    Nice one Rachel!x

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