Project Make-My-Bedroom-Nicer is in full swing now and over last weekend I made my biggest project so far:

A chandelier!

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I’ve wanted a chandelier since I was a little kid ^_^ The bedroom is taking a kind of romantic silver/gold/black damask theme to it so I figured that this would be the perfect accompaniment.

What you need:

  • Clothes hanger thing
  • Crystals (mine were old Christmas decorations on sale at borders)
  • Damask wrapping paper or paper and pens to draw your own
  • Hot glue
  • Paint
  • Chain
  • Black yarn
  • Fishing line or thin light thread

When we first moved in here I bought this clothes airer thing and it’s legs broke almost right away >_< I didn’t keep the receipt though so I was stuck with the damn thing. So I thought long and hard about what I could do with it and the only thing I thought of was chandelier! Let’s get to work ^_^

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From the top you can see it has 8 arms and is the perfect shape for a project like this.

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First thing to do is to remove all the pegs and plastic chains.

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Next it’s time to paint it. I decided to aim for silver and black and I wanted the main colour to be silver. I didn’t have any paint spare so I used some nail polish the lovely BGDino sent me 😀

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It took 2 coats to get it looking silvery which amounted to around 1/4 of the bottle. Totally worth it 😀

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Make sure to let it dry completely between coats no matter what kind of paint you’re using. You might want to undercoat it for a perfect finish but I figure that it’s very high up so it’s not going to have much wear and tear and also no one is going to see it closely XD

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Don’t forget the bottom too!

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Now lay out the jewels you have. I used large clear ones and smaller pink ones as well as a couple of little star beads.

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The large clear ones were old Christmas decorations I got on sale from Borders and already had fishing line threaded through to hang them with.

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The pink ones I bought from a closing down bead shop so I threaded them with matching blue/silver cotton to hang them.

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Each ring will have the same jewels hanging at the same lengths so make sure to cut the threads evenly.

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Each arm has 4 threads of jewels hanging at different lengths. This is the order of jewels I used for each arm:

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Hang the jewels from the hooks and you should start to see everything taking shape!

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At this point I hung mine up from a clothes rack so I could work on it more easily. To hold it up I just hooked some of the chain through the top and looped it around the rack.

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At this point I thought it needed something to make it more impressive.

So time for damask!

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Cut out sections of damask which at tall like this, they are going to take the place of candles ^_^

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Fold in half…

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And cut out the insides!

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Glue each of the “candles” to the ends of the arm parts.

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To make a center piece I cut out 4 of these little butterfly shapes from the paper and glued them so there was damask on both sides of two pieces.

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Then cut half the way down the top middle on one of them and half way up the bottom of the other and slot together!

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From the top it should look like a cross like this:

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Glue in some chain or matching ribbon in the middle for the whole thing to hang from.

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This is how it looks hanging so far:

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Now add in the center piece on a thread from the middle with a big jewel from the bottom.

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Add drapes of chain to the first hanging points…

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And drapes of yarn knotted at each loop around the outside…

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Snip off any loose ends of the threads…

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Hang that sucker up because you are done!

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Now it’s probably not fit to hang in my imaginary multimillion dollar Swiss chalet but it sure cheers up my current bedroom ^_^

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Once I can get some more supplies I’m planning to add more jewels and more dangly chains so it looks absolutely awesome. This is still a pretty good start though I think ^_^

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Hard to photograph clear jewels and get in the epic sparkle of the silver but so pretty in person!

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And so there you have it!

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I hope you all enjoyed this tutorial as much as I enjoy watching the jewels spin around at night ^_^