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Practice What You Pin - DIY "Chandelier"

Last Updated on October 28, 2016 by Steve Brielmaier | 0 comments

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While searching for the next Practice What You Pin project, I realized that though I am not artistically inclined, I do enjoy making things, which led me to a DIY chandelier of sorts. For those in a rental living situation, this is a perfect solution to cover up ugly or boring apartment flush mounts.

I went to Hobby Lobby, walked around for about 45 minutes - there is just so much stuff! - before finally obtaining the FOUR things I went there for.

What the DIY Called For What I Actually Bought
12-inch-diameter hanging planter basket 12-inch decorative basket (I guess flower planters are out of season at the end of October?)
silver spray paint silver spray paint (I wanted to get some sparkly stuff, but decided the garland was sparkly enough)
crystal garland crystal-ish holiday garland (3 strands, 6 feet each)
3 picture hangers

3 picture hangers (comes in a pack of 4)


If you decide to make this chandelier any time after summer, good luck finding a hanging planter basket. I had to settle for a decorative basket, which I spray painted silver. However, if you are lucky enough to get one, remove the hanging chains and filler from the basket before painting. I really wanted to use a silver paint that had glitter in it, but once I found the garland, decided that would be overkill. I used a metallic silver spray paint instead. I painted the basket and let it dry overnight. Sorry, no pictures of that since I did it at night, outside, under some outdoor flood lights.

I could tell the garland was going to be a problem as soon as I started wrapping it around the basket. Once I started, I 100% regretted what I had chosen for my DIY. The original blog post called for wire garland. There was no wire garland at Hobby Lobby that I could find, so I grabbed some that was strung together with fishing line. It kept getting tangled and took about 5 minutes to wrap around once. I want to do this again, but I will not be buying this garland. When the cashier called it a “hot mess,” I knew it was going to be problematic, but it was between this $7 holiday garland and some $10 wedding garland that was shorter.


So the garland kept getting tangled, but once I got a system down to mostly keep it away from itself while I was weaving it through the basket, it became pretty easy. But that was only the first string, and it took about 45 minutes. After I developed a system, the second strand took only about 15 minutes. I didn’t use the third garland because there was enough hanging from the original strands to make it look OK (and the bottom of the basket was a star pattern anyway… festive).

The finishing touch was hooking the picture hangers on the sides. I used three of the four in the package, which is what the original project called for.

All in all, I was pretty skeptical of how it was going to turn out at first, given my frustration and the way the garland was, but I think it turned out pretty OK. I will probably hang on to it and take it with me the next time I move.


What did I learn? I would have put a coat of primer on before spray painting had I known that it was going to rub off as I was threading the garland. At least it's on the inside so you can’t see where paint came off. I would also try harder to find the correct kind of garland (wire instead of fishing line); it probably would have made my life easier. Unfortunately, there are no flush mounts in this office to give an illustration of the final feel. 

Final score: 8/10. I like the way it turned out.

You can see the original project here: If you want a less DIY chandelier for your home, check out our guide to buying an entryway chandelier.

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