Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Bling a chandelier in two minutes!

Here's what I blinged today:

My ugly dining room chandelier!  Here's the plain, everyday chandy:

Okay, maybe it's not truly hideously ugly.  Just overly ornate and faux.  And I can't wait for it to accidentally become chipped or damaged or stop working or somehow be stolen by thieves in the night.  Chandelier thieves, yeah, uh-huh.

But I came up with this two-minute blingification for the holidays, and I am almost charmed into thinking my chandelier looks cute.

Want to see how quick and easy this was?  Here goes!  My chandy has six arms.  So I found six glass bead necklaces:

I bought them online for less than a buck apiece.  You could also string them yourself from random beads of any size, shape or material.

Or popcorn!  Cranberries!  Anything!  Be as creative as you like.  Basically, you want continuous-loop necklaces of something pretty.  For my wide chandelier, I used 36-inch loops.  Adjust smaller or larger for the size of your fixture.

There are just two simple steps.

Loop the necklaces over the arms, like so:

Let's say that took a minute and a half.

Then take a piece of ribbon, and use it to gather all the necklaces together in the center.  Tie a knot.

Done!  Two minutes flat.

If you have a cute chandelier to start with, yours will look even nicer.

Bling away, my elves!  Bling away.

Postscript: Thank you SO MUCH to everybody who left such insightful comments on yesterday's post about a copyright issue.  A fascinating topic and a bit of a gray area.  You all helped me think it through and feel better!  I love you guys.


  1. Makes me wish I had a chandelier... I would so love a popcorn decorated chandy!! (:

  2. oooooo what a fantastic idea! i have an ugly chandelier too that i've been considering renovatin' in some way... this just might be the ticket... hmm...

  3. Coolness....I could do this to my chandelier that I love just to deck it out. :)

  4. Okay... where do you find the nifty necklaces for a buck?? I love all your inspiration, but finding beads can get expensive. :)

  5. Nice! I have some glass bead necklaces hanging around here somewhere, now I know what to do with them. Thanks for the great idea!

  6. This makes me sad we don't have a chandelier...perhaps my FIL's will get a cranberry draping for the holidays!

  7. Hi, thank you for passing by my blog:-)
    this chandelier is a very clever idea, I like it so much has a new face!!!

  8. Well that's just totes gorge! The possibilities are endless!

  9. Very cute and easy! I decorate my chandelier too. I feel like it is often overlooked in the decorating area.

    Thanks for linking up to my Holiday Open House.

  10. I don't think your chandelier looks ugly at all, even without the beads. You should see what's hanging in my dining room, some strange contemporary fixture. I wish stringing some beads onto it would help. Sadly, I've come to the conclusion that the only thing that will help my fixture is throwing it in the trash. ;)

  11. Thanks, you guys! I often buy beads from Fire Mountain, here are a couple of links to some pretty 35" glass bead strands for cheap.



  12. I love all the colorful beads, I'll bet they look so shiny bright when the lights are on. When you want to change it out, I'll be waitin' to see what ya do with those beads.
    Love FireMountain too.

  13. LOVE the copyright limerick!!!! I can never rhymne, so great job!!!! I think that gets the point across, and I just LOVE the ending...of course, I just have to say THAT outloud for the full effect.

    Anne in NC

  14. That is cute and very clever, love the added color. Came over from Allisons party. Nice to meet you!

  15. Yes, I love it so much better. Love it. and I love how you tied them up in the middle, clever girl..and good deal on those beads..Talk to you soon..

  16. You are so creative! I just read your blog for at least an hour. Love it!

    I just last July moved from Beverly Hills to Texas. We lived in CA for 6 months for DH's job. Anyway, we lived off Wilshire and La Cienega. Wilshire and Hamilton to be exact. I would drive through the Miracle Mile ALL.THE.TIME. to go to the grocery store and the 99¢ store. I can't believe I lived so close to you.
    My kids went to Horace Mann Elementary off Wilshire and Robertson. Where in the Miracle Mile area are you?

    ~Allison @ House of Hepworths

  17. This is looking superb...i want to see one more image if you can post...the image when it lights in dark...is the color of beads showing vividly or mixed with light???

  18. This looks so cool! I'll bet it's even more gorgeous in the dark when the chandy's lit up. Brilliant idea as always!

  19. That looks great!!! Thanks so much for linking up to gettin' crafty on hump day!! :)

  20. I love what you did to your chandelier! It looks so pretty..

    Also thank you for my earrings, they arrived, I so love the blue ones :)