We’re big fans of the DIY beaded chandelier (as evidenced here, here, and here).  Here’s another take on the concept by Sarah at Lovely Home Life,whose design incorporates some nice details like the turquoise beads encircling the top edge.  I also like the casual feel of the draping, which gives the finished project an “I-don’t-take-myself-too-seriously” attitude; it eliminates any pretentiousness that might be implied by the very idea of a chandy!  [how to make a beaded chandelier]

Project estimate:

  • Mardi Gras beads, about $5
  • Embroidery hoop, $1 and up
  • Beads, on hand or $1 and up
  • Wire, on hand or $1

Total:  about $6 and up

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