Homemade Lampshade Chandelier

I created these lampshade chandeliers for over the dessert table at my wedding. They were pretty simple!

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To make:

  • Lampshades – I found some old ones from Goodwill. They can’t be the paper type – must have metal running both horizontally and vertically.
  • Scissors/other tools for ripping all the fabric off the lampshade frame
  • Fabric to cover the thin pieces of metal that make up the lampshade frame
  • Pretty beads
  • String for beading
  • Twine to tie the beaded strings up (you can use ribbon or anything you want)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Something to attach it to the ceiling – I used fish line and tied it over a beam so this was easy

Step 1:

Remove the fabric from the lampshade. This was the hardest part for me! Remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect because you are going to cover this with fabric.

Step 2:

Cut your fabric into long, thin strips. About an inch wide. Hot glue these strips around the metal pieces of the lampshade frame. If you look at the pictures, you can see that I didn’t cover all the metal on the frame. The fabric came off well on one of the lampshades and I was short on time so I figured it looked okay.

Step 3:

String beads. I counted, I think it was something like 15 of the small beads, then 1 or 3 of the big beads. Then 30 small beads (15 + 15) then the big beads, then the small beads and so on. I think i alternated between 15 small beads and 17 small beads to give it a slightly different look. If your lampshade is greatly different than the ones I used, you may find it prettier to use different numbers of beads.

Step 4:

Tie the bead strand onto the chandelier. I tied them up with the twine and made little bows. Make sure to count out the 15 small beads (or however many you used) to make sure you are tying them up at the correct spot. I hot glued each of these bows in place to make sure nothing would shift.

Step 5:

Hang!

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