turquoise beaded chandelier

A few months ago, I posted a tutorial for a beaded chandelier made from a hanging basket and mardi gras beads (it sounds cheesy, but it looked great, and it’s been one of my most popular projects ever). Britt from A Penny Saved took the tutorial and ran with it and created a fabulous beaded chandelier that is also a working light fixture. To top it off, she painted the chandelier a fabulous blue and hung it in a beautiful room. Her upgrades to the project are so amazing, I have to share them with you. [how to make a turquoise beaded chandelier]

majorie skouras chandelier
Like Britt, I have been so inspired by these chandeliers by Marjorie Skouras, which are made with semiprecious stones. So beautiful. So, if anyone wants another jump off point for this chandelier, how about buying some bead strands and making one of these?

bead strands

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Fire Mountain Gems has promo bead strands as low as $.69 a strand which would be perfect for this project (and you could probably figure out how to make it work without unstringing the prestrung strands). These ones are peridot “jade” but there are tons of colors and styles to choose from.

bead chip strands

Promo chip beads are even less expensive (and the strands are much longer), and would be really interesting in chandelier form. These are mother of pearl.

Confession: I admit, I hesitated in giving you this idea because I want to do it myself and wow you. But, realistically, I probably don’t have time right now, so I hope one of you take my idea and run with it! If you do, you are morally obligated to send me pictures!

But back to Britt’s project. I’m not sure how much some of the hardware costs, but my guess is the mounting bracket and ceiling cap probably cost less than $10 total.

Project Estimate:

  • Hanging basket, $1
  • Spool of thin-gauge wire, $1
  • Mardi gras beads, 20+ strands, $2 and up
  • Spray paint, $3 and up
  • Wire cutters, on hand
  • Wire clothes hanger, on hand
  • Pendant light kit (cord & socket), $5
  • Metal chain to hang the fixture, $1 and up
  • Light fixture mounting bracket, bolt and loop, $1 and up
  • Light fixture ceiling cap, $1 and up

Total: $15 and up

If you go the semiprecious bead route, add $20 or more, but it will be well worth the cost to have a fabulous light fixture.

Nothing in this post is an ad or paid placement… I just thought these bead strands were so cool and cheap!