How to Make a Beaded Boho Chandelier

If you love the look of high-end beaded bohemian light fixtures but they're out of your budget, craft this DIY version that’s a temporary update to an existing fixture, instead.

August 12, 2019

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Materials Needed

  • hanging wire basket
  • wooden craft beads
  • needle
  • fishing line
  • spray paint in the same color as your ceiling
  • drop cloth
  • glue gun + sticks
  • white grosgrain ribbon
  • white cardboard
  • tassel
  • heavy-duty adhesive strips or hook-and-loop tape

Measure Basket

Take a measurement from the basket's lip to the center of the base to determine how long the bead strands need to be for your particular basket. Tip: Remove the hanging chains but don’t toss them out, they'll be handy later when you’re attaching beads.

Paint Basket

Remove any dust, then spray paint so the basket will blend in with your ceiling's color. Allow a few hours for the basket to thoroughly dry while you work on the next step.

String Beads

String the wooden beads onto pre-cut sections of fishing line, alternating different size beads. Knot the ends so the beads don't fall off but leave extra line at the end of each strand to attach to the basket later. Make the strands long enough so they’ll hang loosely from the basket.

Attach Strands to Basket's Top

Temporarily re-attach the chains and hang the basket, then knot beaded strands to the the basket's top. Use a drop of hot glue to prevent the knotted strands from shifting.

Knot Strands to Base

Knot the lower end of each strand to the center of the basket's base.

Edge Fixture's Top

Use fishing line to stitch a 1-inch-wide, white cardboard ring around the top of the basket. Hot-glue a piece of grosgrain ribbon around the top to hide the cardboard and give the fixture a more finished look.

Add Adhesive Strips

Attach temporary, heavy-duty adhesive strips along the side of the cardboard where it’ll meet the ceiling.

Secure to Ceiling

Remove the paper backing each adhesive strip, then attach basket by pressing the cardboard frame firmly against the ceiling, covering your existing light fixture. Note: You can also use heavy-duty hook and loop tape to secure it to the ceiling.

Add Tassel

Finally, knot on a tassel in a coordinating color. Tie it to the base, then secure with a bead or two of hot glue.

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