A DIY Fabric Chandelier Made to (Almost Literally) Raise the Roof
One of the key ingredients for a party decor is a killer piece of eye candy. I know what you are thinking… if it’s awesome it must take tons of time and tons of skill. Nope! This chandelier-esque decoration is simply made out of strips of fabric tied and stapled onto a wooden rod. Hello! Super easy and quick to make.
– two wooden rods
– strips of fabric
– large screw eyes
– spray paint
1. Screw in the large screw eyes into the wooden rod. Place one at each end.
2. Spray paint the rod — we picked gold.
3. Start to assemble the chandelier. There are two techniques to attaching the fabric, the basic knot and stapling. Interchange the techniques as you make the chandelier to create more texture.
4. Hang and enjoy!
Time to talk about fabric. We used tons of brightly colored jersey fabric. Each strip was about 5 inches wide and 8 feet long. Don’t worry, you do not need that much. You can just create a smaller fabric chandelier. If you are on a budget, try cutting strips of old t-shirts to hang on your chandelier. A bucket of dye can turn those babies into beautiful brightly colored strips.
Screw in your hooks into opposite ends of the wooden rod and then spray paint to make it uniform. We chose gold! (Duh!)
Method 1: The knot. This will keep the fabric hanging in a thin strip.
Method 2: Stapling. Fold the fabric over the rod and staple both sides. This will allow the fabric to hang at its full width. Varying the two techniques will create depth in your chandelier.
Whatever technique you do on one rod, repeat on the other side on the opposite rod.
We used fishing line to hang the chandelier from the ceiling.
Colors galore! We love it!
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!