How to Make a Rope-Wrapped Chandelier

The DIY experts at HGTV Magazine recreated this flea market find. Here’s how you can, too.
By: Jodi Kahn
rope-wrapped chandelier

Blue Rope-Wrapped Chandelier

Rope: Twist cord 1/4" cotton-polyester-blend trim in turquoise, $4 for 5 yards, hobbylobby.com; Socket covers: Westinghouse 4"-tall plastic candelabra-base candle socket covers, $3.50 for a set of 2, homedepot.com; Paint: Gloss Seaside by Rust-Oleum

Photo by: Alison Gootee/Studio D

Alison Gootee/Studio D

Materials List

  • rope, about 40 yards
  • socket covers
  • painter's tape
  • hot glue gun and glue
  • spray paint, similar color as rope

Step 1

If your fixture doesn’t work, have it rewired at a lighting store. Remove any hanging glass or crystal pieces.

Step 2

Tape off the chain and sockets with painter’s tape. Spray-paint the chandelier with a color similar to the rope you’re using. Let dry.

Step 3

Hot-glue one end of the rope to the bottom of one of the cups, then wrap the rope around the cup until it’s covered. Cut the rope and hot-glue the end to the top of the cup. Repeat on all of the cups, as well as the chandelier’s arms, center column, and base. We used about 40 yards of rope.

Step 4

Go to hgtv.com/monkey-fist-knot to make a decorative knot for the bottom of each cup, and attach them with hot glue.

Step 5

Add white socket covers and bulbs, and hang.

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