Check it out y’all! now I’ll have Mardi Gras in my living room all year round. Wahoo!
|Original Inspiration Chandelier from DSC|
A couple weeks ago I sent out the message I was hunting for ideas on ways to use old mardi gras beads….lo and behold you sure answered. Thank you for taking the time. I came away with not one, but several inspiring ideas. More on that in the days ahead…
The first idea that hit-me-in-the-face came from Kelly on facebook, and was soon echoed by LeeLu and Ann (clearly, all three of them knew a good thing when they saw it!)….who all suggested a variation on this chandelier from Heather at Dollar Store Crafts. Check out this sucker. Isn’t it amazing?
Just one problem. I have crazy low ceilings. My apartment is over 100 years old and they just didn’t make them tall enough to do a cool, tall, luxurious chandelier like this one. Sigh.
The compromise? A big-fat-yet-still-drippy-dippy ceiling light.
Yeah, well, it’s not as formal as Heather’s chandelier but golly-gee it sure is festive! I took her basic idea of using the hanging basket and I knew it was going to be festive but I had no idea how much I would love the sparkle and shadows it creates. It’s like a disco every time I turn on the light!
*Note: The project here is not for those seeking perfection. There are no patterns here. You just swag-n-twist and swag-n-twist like a big floppy flower arrangement. Embrace the chaos!
- One wire hanging basket
- 40+ Strands of beads
- Bolt of 32gage wire
I started out by wiring the edges of the basket with green beads –this helped keep it it looking a little more uniform or “on purpose”….then just went to town swagging and twisting wire around each strand where it hit the wire basket. Once the basket was fully loaded I wired the basket frame to the three holes in the original light fixture. Luckily this basket has a hole in the bottom, so changing the bulb won’t be a problem at all.
This project was free and easy –can’t beat that!
|I’m crazy about the star burst shadow it makes on the ceiling!|