Thursday, December 16, 2010

Tutorials: Turqoise Beaded Chandelier

Want to know how I made that fabulous robin's egg blue chandelier for the East Coast vs. West Coast Challenge?
Well, you'd never guess it was made out of Mardi Gras beads and a hanging floral basket!
It was NOT my original idea--I was inspired by two very lovely ladies:
Heather at  Dollar Store Crafts
Britt at A Penny Saved.

These brilliant ladies had two very informative tutorials, which you can find at the above links. (Britt actually wired hers for electricity!!!

Here's what you need:
■Hanging wire basket (you can get at any home improvement store)

 ■Jumbo package of Mardi Gras beads. I used over 100 strands in my version.
■Floral Wire
■Spray paint in any color of your choosing.

 ■Wire cutters or heavy duty scissors.
I modified their designs a little, and left the longer pieces at the bottom, which I thought gave it a slightly different look.
It was pretty time consuming, but totally and utterly worth it!
BIG thanks to these tutorials and the inspiration that they provided for our challenge!


  1. no way! its fabulous, great job!

  2. You make it sound so easy! And it looks fabulous!

  3. OMG, this was so genius!!! I loved it when I saw it and I love it even more now that I see how inexpensive it costs to make! Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. Wow! I don't even know if I could tackle that one! Way to go! It came out AMAZING!