If you’re visiting from Purple Hues and Me, welcome. Decorating a chandelier can be a great way to elevate your table. You can decorate a chandelier in so many different ways, and how you choose to do it will depend on your unique chandelier.
This DIY is meant more for chandeliers that are above dining tables vs those that hang in high places. It’s more difficult to decorate a chandelier that is hard to reach. I like to decorate the ones that hang above a table because it’s easier AND I don’t have to get on a tall ladder and bend backwards.
Today’s project is part of this month’s Craft DIY hop. Be sure to read to the bottom to see all of the other inspiring projects.
Ways to decorate a chandelier
There are lots of ways you can embellish your chandelier. You can add garland, flowers, berries, ribbon, ornaments, crystals or even small twinkle lights.
The one suggestion I have is that your decorations be in proportion to the chandelier. You don’t want them to be too over powering, just complementary. I say this because I originally put a very large garland around my chandelier. When I got back on the ground and stepped back it was clear that it was too big. So I started over with something a little less bulky.
I decided to use a few loose pieces of greenery, some wood berries and plaid tailored bows (tutorial below). You can see my light fixture is slender, so something really bulky felt to heavy.
How To Make a Tailored Bow
A tailored bow is one that lays flat. You can make it with three pieces of ribbon. If you are making them for something like a light fixture, you want them to be the same size.
It’s best to make one the size that you want and then copy the dimensions.
Step 1 – Cut three sizes of ribbon: the bottom/base piece, the loop piece and the tie/enclosure piece.
Step 2 – Cut small pieces of command strip to adhere the ribbon together.
Step 3 – I kept my sample bow right beside me while I made the other ones so I could be sure the were the same size. Fold the loop piece over and secure it closed with a piece of command strip.
Step 4 – Fold the Enclosure around the loop and seal with another piece of command strip.
Step 5 – Cut the triangle out of the ribbon edges of the base piece.
Ste 6 – Lay a piece of command strip in the center of the base ribbon and lay the loop on top.
I attached the bows the the shades with a piece of double stick tape so they can be easily removed.
Now it’s time to see some of the other inspiring DIY projects.
If you are looking for more ways to dress up a chandelier, you might want to read this post about updating an old chandelier. You can also learn how to tell what size chandelier you need for your table.