Lighting projects can instantly up the style and feel of a space. Oftentimes it gives the space the extra detail it needs to put it over the top! We were dying to make a wooden bead chandelier, and we love how it all came together. The raw wood beads are my favorite! I love the organic feel of them.
-1 hanging basket
-white spray paint
-approximately 700 5/8″ wood beads
-approximately 130 1/2″ wood beads
-white cotton string
–hack saw or Dremel tool (optional)
Start by stringing one small (1/2″) bead on about 12-18″ of string. We tied the small bead to one end of the string and then added eight of the larger (5/8″) beads to make one strand of beads. Set aside and repeat, repeat, repeat.
Spray paint your basket any color you choose. Once you have several dozen strands made and your basket is completely dry, you will begin attaching the strands to your basket using a double (or triple!) knot. Trim excess string with scissors.
We used about 85 strands of beads. This is when a Netflix binge is totally acceptable. Oh, FYI: when we had 80 something strands tied, we decided we didn’t want our chandelier to be 4 tiers and quite as big, so we removed the top chains, removed the top tier of the basket with a hack saw and reattached the chains. This is totally optional, and if you want an even larger chandelier, by all means keep the top tier. You will need more wood beads if you choose to keep the top tier.
This project is super simple but pretty time consuming. It took two full evenings of making the strands. I love it as an accent piece, but it would also be easy and functional to add a plugin light to it. We absolutely love how it turned out and now we want to add wooden beads to everything! Aren’t they so fun? –Mallory & Savannah
Credits//Author and Photography: Mallory and Savannah. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.
These a beautiful! I love them!! I have not been able to find a metal basket with 2 rows like this. In order to make it look tiered I feel like it needs both. Would you mind sharing a link where you purchased them?
Where did you purchase so many beads? Did you find a bulk site?
Very Nicely Done.
hi, can i ask where you got the basket?
Can I ask how much you spent on beads and where you got them? Just debating if I should go through Amazon or a craft store. Thanks!
Did anyone find out where we can find beads?
You can buy them on Etsy Studio. xx!
Such a stunningly simple project!
Looks amazing! Do you have a good source for that many beads? I’ve been looking online and haven’t had great luck with the bulk amounts needed! Thanks!
So cool! I’m really curious though how it looks in the dark. Does the light come through it? Is it possible to tell or make a photo?
How fabulous! i love this – so talented ladies x
wow this looks so amazing <3
I love it so cool and such an amazing idea!!!
so simple and easy but pretty
Ohh, I love it. Really nice result.
This is simply stunning! I love the juxtaposition between the fancy chandelier vibe & the laid back natural wood beads.
Where did you purchase the beads? What was the total cost of the project?
This is so beautiful! I love your DIYs! Quick question: where did you source the wooden beads? I assume you would need to buy in bulk. Thanks!
This chandelier is gorgeous! I love it!
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This looks awesome! Very nice job. Where did you find the wooden beads? I’ve had trouble locating wooden beads in different sizes at places, like Michaels lately. Thanks!
Seriously cool! You must have a lot of patience though x
So pretty!!!! But can we talk wood beads for a sec… CRAZY $$$ for large ones (even for the non pre-drilled ones). ugh.
I love the raw wood look!
It feels so natural and warm. And it looks like great fun to do such things 🙂