DIY ribbon & fabric chandelier

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Okay all. Here we go with our projects. It’s so satisfying to have fun DIY things to post. We’ve been focusing so much spare time on our site, we haven’t had many of these as of late. You forgive us, don’t you?

Because Carrie requested the chandelier first, we’ll start there.

Isn’t it pretty? It’s so easy that it really doesn’t need much in the way of tutorial. But we’ll explain some of the key points.


Wooden dowel (you could even paint it first, if you plan ahead)
Fabric, ripped into long pieces (make sure you rip with the grain of the fabric)
Lace and/or anything else you want to include

First you need to choose your colors, your fabric, your ribbon and whatever else you want to include. We used fabric, ribbon, lace, and even little strips of neon leather.

We started with the fabric, because it’s the least expensive and you will most likely have the most of it. Which means you can set up the shape of your chandelier before you add the pretty details. We decided to give ours a slight triangluar shape, but you could easily just have all your pieces hang straight across.

Before you start adding the fabric, find a way to hang the dowel so you can accurately gauge the length of your pieces. We hung ours between the kitchen counter and the stove. Next tie your fabric strips to the dowel in whatever order you like.

Once you have all of your fabric attached, give your fabric strips a haircut! Trim the lower ends so they make whatever shape you choose. And give the upper ends a little snip so they look nice and neat, but still a bit loose.

And now you can add the pretty details. We added each type of ribbon and lace (we had at least three different styles of each), one at a time so we could space each style out across the length of the chandelier. With these, you can trim as you go, since the shape has already been determined by the fabric.

And voilá!

See? Easy! Creating the shape is the hardest part and it’s not that hard. To hang ours, we just tied together a bunch of our extra fabric strips to make long fabric strands. You can just tie the ends to whatever you’re hanging it from.

This would make such a great bit of decor over your dessert table, over the bar, maybe even to mark the ceremony space. If you decide to make one, let us know how it turns out!

(PS. you could of course use all ribbon or all lace, but that would be WAY more expensive.)

Photos by Scott Clark. Thanks Scotty!

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Hilary / Lovely and Gracious on Sep 29, 2010

This is so fun! What an exciting way to add some color to the outdoors. You could get a wire ring and do the same thing too, creating a true "chandelier" effect.

holly hatam on Sep 29, 2010

I made a ribbon chandelier for my own wedding 2 months ago! It looked absolutely beautiful! We hung it from a tree branch and we got married underneath it!

Lizzie [Ten Thou Bride] on Sep 29, 2010

Great tutorial, the end result is so adorable!

Joana Faria on Sep 29, 2010

What a beautiful idea. And so simple. Absolutely loved it. x

jenna on Sep 29, 2010

Oh, this makes me so very happy! I saw this and all it's loveliness in person at Hitched and fell in love. Took a bazillion photos of it at the event so I could recreate it and fancy that, you supplied me with a tutorial. Thanks for making my day!

paloma on Sep 29, 2010

i love this and it's the perfect party project to be recycled as home decor!

Carrie on Sep 30, 2010

Thank you!!! I love you guys - and I can't wait to make this on the weekend.

jonahliza on Sep 30, 2010

hey- i was just organizing my new ribbon box, and had a pile of one foot or shorter ribbons and twines... now, i think i know what i wanna do with it! thanks

Danielle Pasternak - the wedding coordinator on Oct 4, 2010

Creative, rustic and gorgeous!

Riata (the artist) on Oct 5, 2010

What a unique idea! It could even be kept and used as decorative curtains in a new home, or possibly even done with a spring loaded rod to fit door ways and windows.

Gabriela Murphy on Apr 21, 2011

Nice Collection . I think you will love so much to your guys. Outdoor Wall Lights

Katie on Apr 25, 2011

Stay Tuned! My dad and I are making one of these and more for my Chicago wedding on June 4. We have been making it for what seems like forever! I just came across this post though as I was trying to explain to someone else what we were doing. This is exactly it! Maybe Sarah Rhoads, our photographer, will submit pics! :)

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Annabella Merlin on Sep 12, 2011

I've been scrapbooking for years and one of my problem what to do with leftover ribbons and laces. I can't afford to throw them away. It is such a blessing to read this post, as I already have an idea on what to do with them. Sewing them together to have the desired length would make a colorful and crafty chandelier.

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