20 Jul

We’re feeling extra bubbly today (pun intended)! Remember Kara and Andrew’s wedding? Well, we fell in love with their glass bubble ceiling so much that we scoured the interweb for more bubbly goodness. Which brings us to this chandelier on Alison’s ever-so-sultry boudoir blog, Frou Frou Fashionista.  We’re huge fans of how the final piece came out and adore that both Alison and her mom made it for only $300! Now, it’s your turn.

diy chandelier

diy chandelier

Supplies:
•   2′x4′ white wire grid panel (though you can do any shape or size) (about $15-$23)
•   CB2 Bubble Balls (50 small & 40 large) ($1.95 ea small, $3.95 ea large)
•   Silver Christmas ball ornaments (80 small, 80 medium)
•   Fishing line (we bought high knot strength /30 lb.) $3
•   One spool of sterling silver wire (20-22 gauge). You can also do 22 gauge floral wire.
•   4 ceiling mounting hooks
•   white chain (about 10 feet, cut evenly into 4 pieces)
•   4 S-hooks
•   2 lamp cord kits from Urban Outfitters (white) $12 ea
•   2 half mirror light bulbs $9 ea

Tools you will need:
•   a 2″ nail
•   Pliers
•   one pair of wire cutters (or use scissors if you must)
•   Scissors

diy chandelier

Step 1: Insert your 4 chandelier hooks into the ceiling and attach about 2-3 feet of your white chain to each (make sure it is secured in the ceiling so as to carry the weight of the chandelier!). You need that extra amount of chain so that you can bring down the wire grid low enough to work on and install the lighting fixtures (and then raise up to the ceiling when you are done). Suspend the wire grid from the ceiling using your chains and s-hooks.

Step 2: At your work table, cut the silver wire into 2″ pieces (your quantity depends on the number of glass balls you are using). Loop each 2″ piece once around a nail to create the toggle. You can use pliers to adjust the size of the loop, particularly to make it small enough to fit inside the top of the glass bubble.

Step 3: Cut a piece of fishing line a few feet long. Knot one end to the silver toggle you just made. Slip the toggle inside the top of the glass CB2 ball. Then attach the other end of the fishing line to the wire grid. Hang each glass ball at varying lengths. We started from the center of the grid and worked our way out.

Step 4: In the very center of the grid we added our 2 light sockets. We wired both sockets close to the top of the grid and plugged in both cords to the ceiling fixture (or you can easily have an electrician wire the cords to a single ceiling outlet). Plug in your Half Mirror Light Bulbs.

Step 5: We added silver ball ornaments to the chandelier. We hung these balls extremely close together near the top of the grid so as to completely conceal it (the grid shouldn’t show when you’re done). For some of the balls we created toggles using our silver wire, and for some we simply used Christmas ornament hooks! Make sure that for each ball you hang directly on the grid that you twist the wire together so the hooks will not fall off if the chandelier is ever shaken (we live in California, so it’s a factor we need to consider!).

Step 6 (optional): We ended up creating a cover around the top of the chandelier so as to conceal the chains holding it up as well as the sides of the wire grid. We simply created a light-weight crate that could be hooked to the chains holding up the rest of the chandelier. It was painted a pale pink to match the color of the walls in our store. Another option is to create a framework around the chandelier and cover it in a semi-sheer fabric so as to let the light shine through, much like a lamp shade. If you hook the chandelier close enough to the ceiling, you don’t need any cover…we simply have high ceilings in our store and wanted something to finish the look of the piece.

Bookmark this post, print it out, do what cha got to do to save this baby for your next DIY project, and have fun with it. Imagine all the goodies you can put inside – glitter, confetti, succulents, flowers… And, please let us know (and send photos) if you end up making one of these for your wedding. We can’t get enough!

{top photo by Sarah Yates for Rue Magazine, multiple photo grouping by Alison, bottom photo by Aruna B. Photography}

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Comments

  1. I haven’t gotten crafty in quite some time, but I’m really tempted to make this beauty!!!

  2. That is unbelievable! I absoluetly love it and really want it for my wedding!

  3. OH no… I know a bride who is doing a round/bubble motif at her wedding… she is gonna flip!

  4. Amazingly gorgeous! I’d love to try making one!

  5. I also made one of these, but created it more as a cluster chandelier using the CB2 bubbles only.

    http://www.mintlovesocialclub.com/2011/03/bubble-chandelier.html

    It is an incredibly easy and impressive DIY!

  6. This is similar to the light feature we made for my wedding!

  7. Great idea! I will definitely have to make this!

  8. I’m so doing this for Christmas!!! Love it :-)

  9. I’ve LOVED FaireFrouFrou from the moment I laid eyes on their droolworthy blog…they have everything feminine and frilly that a girl could ever dream of! And their shop is SO flirty and fun (thanks in part to the GORGEOUS/ohSOcreative Bubble Chandelier)!!!

  10. I love this so much!!

  11. wow i want to make this for the house :)

  12. Wow! it’s really chic!

  13. Oh, wow, I never thought that something so cute would be so easy to make~! What a brilliant idea!

  14. Nice and effective wedding decoration .

  15. Wow, this is incredible! I would love to make something like this – I had no idea it would be fairly simple!

  16. We made one for less than 100.00 for a New Years Party. It was our centerpiece in the “champagne room!” It looked just like champagne bubbles floating down from the ceiling! Love that this was blogged about! They are BEAUTIFUL creations!

  17. GORGEOUSNESS! This is bananas…love it!

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  19. I’ve never had a corn dog, but it seems odd/nice. I think I like the sound the most. We don’t have huge fairs like your state fairs here chandeliers but I’m thinking more of the Christmas market fairs that come in November, there is one in Hyde Park and it’s huge, the sound of fun and people drinking just takes me to a happy place! The crowds are not so good though!

  20. Oh, wow, I never thought that something so cute would be so easy to make~! What a brilliant idea!

  21. Its really really amazing. Gorgeous wedding decoration. Its totally awesome.

  22. This is incredible! I’d love something like this in my office or for a shoot! Love it

  23. I am making one for my bathroom right now… So far so good :)

  24. Hi does anyone know who to clean them? There is dust inside the bubbles and I tried cleaning them but couldn’t get the dust inside out so I put in the bubbles inside boiling water, now there are water spots inside the bubbles. Anyone have recommendations?

  25. cynthia– i haven’t cleaned these but i heard this recently and it works awesome on glass. Try mixing peroxide and water 50/50 pour into bubbles than pour out.. it is the best not streaking wash i’ve ever used. hope that helps

  26. could use clear christmas tree ornement

  27. Ciao a tutti questo articolo è molto interessante grazie.

  28. Can you show what the toggle looks like?

  29. This is a gorgeous chandelier. I really love it.

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