DIY High-Style Chandeliers

DIY High-Style Chandeliers

Susie Nadler
Feb 2, 2010

An artful statement light fixture is often the single gorgeous element that pulls a room together. But high-design chandeliers and pendants can be prohibitively expensive, and so many talented folks have found ways to create versions of these stunners for less. Check out some favorites from around the web and from our own archives.


1 The steps for making this beautiful thread lamp remind us of third grade art class, but the result is so sophisticated and hip. The full tutorial, including photos, can be found on Pickles (and we spotted it on Bloesem).

2 Owner of the Brooklyn bar Abilene shared these instructions on Time Out for making a light fixture just like the one in the bar. We love the industrial look of this piece, and it sounds like a piece of cake to put together.

3 The Bubble Chandelier created by Jean Pelle for Readymade was a big hit all over the web, and with good reason. So elegant!

4 In a similar vein, Apartment Therapy reader Ed Winston created his own version of the $7000 Ilde Max chandelier out of Ikea lights. Check out the full story here.

5 Another reader, Jill Keto of Practical Chic, made a sleek lucite disc chandelier by updating an old thrift store find. Check out the instructions, along with a helpful video, here.


6 Lindsey Adelman's amazing DIY version of her iconic chandelier has made a big splash online (including here on Apartment Therapy). The one in the photo is the handiwork of Morgan from The Brick House.

7 Reader Kevin made a gorgeous tree branch chandelier from eucalyptus branches. Click here for the full post, including instructions.

8 Another take on the tree branch fixture involves an inexpensive paper lantern and some gorgeous arranging of natural materials. This comes from the home of musician Brittany Bosco, featured on Kneesees Pieces.

(Images: Pickles; Time Out New York; Readymade; Ed Winston; Jill Keto; The Brick House; Kneesees Pieces)

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