Craft a Trendy Tassel Chandelier
Why splurge on a Bohemian pendant light when you can knot one up yourself.
3 skeins of poly-blend yarn, one in each color
12”, 10” and 8” gold macramé rings
3x5 photo frame
gold jump rings
gold jewelry chain
1” gold ring
From each of the 3 yarn colors, cut several 4-inch sections and set aside. Remove the glass and backing from a 3x5 frame. Holding the frame and section of yarn with one hand, wrap the yarn around the short end of the frame 20 times with the other hand (Image 1). Add a top loop by wrapping another 4-inch section around the middle of one side of the loops on the frame, tie a knot and slide it off the frame — this is the top of your tassel, keep it to later attach the tassel to the macramé rings. Secure the tassel by wrapping another 4-inch section around the looped yarn about an inch down from the top, then tying a knot. Cut the bottom of the tassel so the yarn no longer loops. Continue creating tassels till you have enough to fill all 3 rings (Image 2). Note: For our chandelier we made 45 dark blue tassels, 42 medium blue tassels and 36 light blue tassels.
Knot Tassels to Macramé Rings
Tie the top of each dark blue tassel to the 12” macramé ring (Image 1), then cut off the excess yarn after securing the knot. Continue adding tassels to fill the ring, sliding them close together as you go (Image 2). Knot the medium blue tassels onto the 10” ring (Image 3) and the light blue onto the 8” ring (Image 4).
Attach Small and Medium Rings Together
Open 18 gold jump rings using two sets of needle-nose pliers and set aside. Cut twelve 4” lengths of gold chain and set aside. Place the smallest ring on the table. Slide a jump ring over the macramé ring and add a chain before closing. Do this 4 times at equal distances apart and bring the chain into the middle of the ring. Place the medium ring on top of the small ring and add a jump ring above where a chain is located below. Attach the chain from below to the jump ring (Image 1) as well as another 4” chain prior to closing the jump ring. You’ll have 2 chains on each jump ring on the medium ring which attaches it to the smallest ring below and will attach to the larger ring above. Do this 4 times at equal distances apart right above chain on the smaller ring.
Add Large Macramé Ring
Follow the same technique on the largest ring by adding 4 jump rings with 2 chains on each. The length of the top chain can vary depending on how you choose to hang your pendant. When it's fully assembled, close the jump rings.
Prep for Hanging
Attach the 4 top chains to a 1” gold ring using jump rings. Hang the light and cut any tassels that might need trimming. The pendant can be hung over an existing lamp shade or with a low-wattage pendant light. You can also string battery-operated lights inside.