DIY Bead Chandelier

DIY Bead Chandelier

We’ve got a Pottery Barn hack for you guys to try! You’ve probably seen this amazing bead chandelier making its way around the social media network (others found here and here). The layers of cascading beads have such a graceful look, but the natural wood keeps it fresh and easy to incorporate into any setting. We love it but with the $800 price tag, it’s a big dent in the monthly budget! Save where you can so you can splurge where you can, right? Of course, we automatically started to think of how we could replicate this beauty. A box of wooden beads, a handful of embroidery hoops, and a season of Friends later (yes, this one’s a bit time-consuming folks), we got just what we wanted! This chandelier could easily pass for an original. If you’ve got pennies to pinch and time to spare, this is the project for you! Total cost of supplies, $170! Score! See here how to make it!

Learn how to get the DIY below!

DIY Bead Chandelier

DIY Bead Chandelier

DIY Bead Chandelier

You can find the DIY Bead Chandelier tutorial in our shop!

DIY Bead Chandelier

 

DIY Bead Chandelier

DIY Bead Chandelier

The DIY Bead Chandelier tutorial is available for purchase here.

Photography by Clara Sumsion | Crafting by Betsy Croft

28 COMMENTS

  1. Your comment is awaiting moderation

    Hi there, I’m in the UK. I’ve managed to source the beads at a decent price but the quilting hoops are a bit more. Wondering where you got yours and whether it would be cheaper to import. I can’t see any links to sources in the tutorial I downloaded. Cheers, Georgina

  2. This absolutely stunning. I pinned this a little while back, I ordered materials and now the tutorial is gone 🙁

  3. Your comment is awaiting moderation

    Love this thank you for sharing. Currently in the process of making. Any tips/tricks to keep the twine from fraying? Maybe I’m using something too think but thought it’s the same as what you linked. Please let me know. Thanks!

  4. Vi seu trabalho e fiquei encantada, moro em Itu, SP. Brasil e gostaria de saber se você tem o endereço onde comprar esse material, ai no seu país, para eu pedir pela internet.

    Obrigada!!!

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    Hi! This is amazing! Question on the quilting hoops since I’ve never worked on a project with those. The ones you linked to on Amazon have those little knobs with the metal screw/adjuster. Did you just brake those off? Thanks!

  6. Your comment is awaiting moderation

    Hi! This is amazing! Question on the quilting hoops since I’ve never worked on a project with those. The ones you linked to on Amazon have those little knobs with the metal screw/adjuster. Did you just brake those off? Thanks!

  7. I’m in love with this project — can’t wait to get started on it. Thank you so much for sharing your amazing, detailed instructions!!

  8. We linked to where we bough our beads in the materials list. Total it was less than $200. The chandelier we were inspired by is over $800.

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      I’m so sorry but I’m not seeing the links in the material list. I am struggling with amazon as well … and would be forever grateful for some links. Thank you!

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      Hi! just purchased the tutorial, cant seem to find the link to where you bought the beads. please help!

  9. Your comment is awaiting moderation

    Hello! I am so excited about this project but stuck in the closing the hoops instructions.

    On one hand, materials indicate 2 closed hoops and one open. Then we tie the strings of beads to one of the closed hoops. But this contradicts the schema since it shows the strings being attached to an open hoop and that we actually need two open hoops that snuggle into one closed hoop. There is additional confusion with the embroidery set. Mine sits on the open hoop. and I basically need to remove it from both open hoops in order to fit them one into the other but the instructions mention to just remove one of them. Could you please clarify ? Where do I need to place the strings of swags, open or closed hoops ?

    Thanks a lot!
    Kelly

  10. Your comment is awaiting moderation

    Beautiful job! What is the height of this chandelier? If you could also include the height of the hanging chain separately, that would be great! Thank you!

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    So I fell in love with this and ordered ALL of the necessary beeds… and long story short, it took forever to receive them from the out of country location I ordered them from and I got impatient waiting and bought a similar chandelier and paidbway too much. Soooo if anyone wants to buy all of the beeds off of me for $120 I will happily ship them to you! (949)923-9295 or lovelaurenmarie5@gmail.com

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    Where did you get the large quilting hoops from? All the ones I can find have two large blocks of wood where the closer is. I’m worried that I won’t be able to remove them without damaging the hoop!

  13. I can’t thank you enough for sharing your knowledge in such great detail. This is by far the most gratifying project I have ever done! (You made it so easy!!)
    The chandelier looks absolutely perfect above the stairs (which can also be seen from the window outside) of my new beach house.
    I used brass rods and brass chain. 😉

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    Can I please ask how heavy this is once assembled? I am wanting to make this up as a light and I want to make sure the fittings I get are going to be suitable. Thanks 🙂

  15. Your comment is awaiting moderation

    Hi, just came across this and love it! I was wondering if you had an idea of how heavy the finished chandelier is? I’d love to make it but I’m not sure the ceilings in my old flat would support it!

  16. Your comment is awaiting moderation

    Love this tutorial thank you! I am really excited to make this. So I can tell if it fits my space, do you have finished dimensions (full height, height of beaded area and width) please? 🙂

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    Can you put the links to the online vendor’s please. It’s very time consuming trying to find them.
    Thanks!

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    Where can you purchase a lighting kit for this type of project? Any specific kind of kit that you may recommend ? I don’t know anything about lighting, but I was hoping to use your tutorial to create a lighting piece for my sons nursery! I am so in love with your finished product.

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    Hi there, this is really fabulous. Just a question, How would one connect a light fitting in the centre or is this just ornamental? Many thanks

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    My mom and I are tackling this project and I’m excited for some mother/daughter DYI bonding time! We could use some advice on the natural twine. 1) did you develop a trick for stringing the smaller beads with the smaller holes? 2) did you have an estimate on how much twine you used?
    PS – did the natural twine hold up the weight without stretching? Or would you use something else if you had it to do over? Thanks!

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    Hi, are you able to tell me the length from the top of the hoops to the bottom of the beads once assembled? Just want to check if i should get the same amount of beads or less. Thank you!

  23. Your comment is awaiting moderation

    How heavy is this? I’m looking to make a flush mount version using a ceiling medallion and a pendant light source.

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    I’m tackling this beautiful monstrosity with a few customizations and I can’t wait for the finished product! Just one quick question. How did you remove the embroidery tightening device on the hoops in step 2? Help please – trying not to break my hoops. Thanks!

  25. Your comment is awaiting moderation

    What lighting kit would you recommend? I don’t see any links for it. Thanks!

  26. Hello! GREAT instructional – thank you for putting it together. I am going to go for it and tackle this but I am struggling to find this quantity of beads under $500.00. Any suggestions?

  27. Your comment is awaiting moderation

    Hi! Did you buy from the bead site that you linked to? (Doreen beads)? How was your experience?

    Also, amazing tutorial! I’m extremely into DIY and can’t imagine paying $500-$800 for a chandelier that I can make!

  28. I soooo love your blog! This is literally “THE BEST AND MOST DETAILED TUTORIAL” I have ever seen! Gorgeous photos, detailed instructions, and good links! I’ll be following you for sure! Thank you for sharing!

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    This is gorgeous! Can you please tell me what the final dimensions were for this?

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