How to Make a DIY Chandelier

Getting Started

Close up of wood bead chandelier.
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Sure, chandeliers can be fancy, but they can also be cute and casual. But we bet you didn't realize that you can actually make your own! While this DIY isn't for the faint of heart, if you take it step-by-step you'll be just fine. Just go slow and roll with the punches. To keep it from feeling stuffy, skip the crystals and opt for wooden beads instead! Also, by sizing it down just a bit it can fit into a casual corner, a kid's room, or a cozy reading nook.

Gather Your Supplies

Supplies for the beaded chandelier.
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This project will require from specialty supplies, but that's okay! If you take the time to plan ahead this project should only take about half a day. And if you have help it will take less time than that. Here's what you'll need:


  • A metal shade ring
  • A large embroidery hoop (the size or a little larger than the shade ring)
  • A small embroidery hoop (around five inches)
  • Pendant light kit
  • Decorative string
  • Crochet thread
  • Wooden beads
  • Wire


  • Scissors

Wrap the Lamp Shade Ring

Wrapping with decorative string.
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This offers you an extra option just in case you don't want to have a wood finish around the top edge. Wrap a pretty decorative string around the shade ring. It takes time, but less than you'd think. Keep the roll of string tight toward the metal piece you're wrapping it around. If you have too much excess it can get easily tangled up.

String on the Beads

Stringing on the woodent beads.
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Stringing the beads will be the longest part of the process. To keep things looking uniform it's really important that you pay attention to this step. Using a piece of crochet thread, tie the end to your smallest embroidery hoop. Here we opted to change the size of the beads as we moved to the top of the string. Whatever size or configuration of beads you go with, you'll want to repeat it over and over for each strand. By keeping each the same, you won't have to worry about one strand being longer than another and throwing off the final look of the chandelier. Rest the finished strings on the table; you can secure them with a piece of tape if you're worried about them coming undone. You're going to want to repeat until you feel like you have enough strands to make the chandelier look substantial.

Tie on the Bead Strings

Tying on the bead strings
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Once all of your strings are complete, you're going to want to space them evenly and tie them to the shade ring. Triple knotting the cord wouldn't be overdoing it. Trust us, it's better to be safe than sorry with this project. Take your time with this step. At the end of the process you should have bead strings the entire circumference of the shade ring and the small wooden embroidery hoop will be in the middle.

Wire the Bottom Hoop to the Shade Ring

Wiring on the embroidery hoop
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Take the smallest embroidery hoop and bring it up until it's touching the metal ring in the center of the shade ring. As you raise it, twist it slightly to give the beads a draped look. Using wire, wire the hoop to the shade ring. Be as thorough as possible, making sure to twist the wire so it's tight against the ring.

Place the Pendant Lamp Cord Set

Add pendant fixture to the shade wire
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Now you're just left with finishing touches. If you want a wooden border around the top, you're going to want to secure your large embroidery hoop around the outside edge. You can secure with hot glue or a wire in the back. This is the easiest part—you're going to attach your pendant lamp cord to the drum shade framework. All you have to do is screw the two pieces on. Once they're done you can insert the bulb into the chandelier and you're ready to hang it wherever you'd like!