DIY Eco-Friendly Chandelier

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Lauren collected old vases, wine glasses and other miscellaneous containers from thrift stores to make a chandelier for her tented wedding reception. The chandelier is a full fledged lighting appliance, if its final look wasn’t impressive enough. The light diffuses through layers of glass with different textures, giving a part twinkling, part modern art installation feel.

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What you’ll need:
– Triple tier metal Tomato support or staking (Home Depot or Nursery)
– Collection of Thrift store or floral mart vases, wine glasses or cups
– Clear or light metallic thin gauge wire (Home Depot)
– Wire cutters
– Drop in light kits (Ikea or Urban outfitters)
– Power drill
– Metal chain (Home Depot)

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Instructions:
Step 1: Go to all different thrift stores and scour shops for some plastic and glass vases, wine glasses, and other unique cups that add character. Tip: Make sure that you find light-weight items, that is why plastic is best. Also, if you find glass items, make sure that they have a lip or some way you can hang them with the wire.

Step 2: After you have collected enough glasses, start work on your chandelier. Clean all the glass and plastic. Wire all the vases or glasses with the thin wire so they hang nicely. Leave a lot of wire so that you can attach it at the very top of the tomato support and it hangs a few inches below below. With the plastic vases or cups you can drill a hole into the bottom and wire it that way.

Step 3: Next, take the tomato support and hang it from somewhere stable ( we used our the inside of our garage door). We also used the metal chains as a link from the three steaks at the top of the tomato support so that we could hang it later in the tent.

Step 4: Drop the light kits into the support and hang them at different heights for even lighting. In our large chandelier we used three kits. TIP: We forgot to do this step, but I still loved my amazing chandelier! If you want you can spray the tomato support white so that it won’t show when you hang the glasses on.

Step 5: Next, start layering the plastic and glass on the outside of the support. This is the hardest but most fun step! Start with the largest items first and then fill in as you go. Take time to step back and find holes or places that need more coverage. At the end we also added mini lantern lights into the mix to give more lighting to the chandelier because it was so large. We also did a mini chandelier for the entrance of the tent and it is the same process, just without the tomato support.



42 comments
  1. claire Gallam

    Wow, that is absolutely amazing!! Some people are so creative!

  2. Nikki

    Wow that is amazing! And something she can have forever to remind her of her special day. What a great idea!

  3. Lemon

    Wow! What an amazing piece. That’s just incredible.

  4. Jamie

    How awesome!!! Can we get a how-to on those beautiful blue patterned paper lanterns too?? The stripes are easy enough to figure out but how did you do the floral patterned ones?

  5. Tonia

    these are what I call simple fabulousness. I am so amazed at how creative people are.

  6. Weddings Down South

    This is so amazing…..and I love the entry tent!

  7. Rachel - theWeddingVine

    This is amazing!! I cant believe this was put together just glasses and vases! The lanterns really make it!

  8. Krystel

    I love it! Beautiful and elegant! AMAZING!!!

  9. Amanda Swann

    That is stunning. So simple, but so elegant.

  10. Matt

    Wow, this is amazing.. who hand made that chandelier?

  11. Kaitlyn

    How freaking creative are those girls!! Super jealous. Is that chandelier for sale?? How can I get one for my wedding in June!?

  12. Marie McClanahan

    GORGEOUS! So unique, one of a kind, love it!

  13. Donnette

    wow! so pretty and impressive! LOVE IT!

  14. Christa Rose

    Love this! So beautiful and elegant and carries that vintage charm!

  15. JESSICA DEFINE

    This is an awesome DIY but it looks like it took forrreeevver. It’s awesome though!

  16. Emily Heizer Photography

    SOOOOOOOOOOOOO neat and SOOOOOO worth it’s own post!

  17. Matt

    Really great work… Love the new ideas

  18. Lizzie [Ten Thou Bride]

    This is such an epic DIY tutorial! Good work! It looks brilliant!

  19. Matt

    epic for sure. What do you get if you win NicolE?

  20. Erika

    this is totally cool!!!! I cant believe how beautiful!!

  21. Shirl Martin

    How clever, lovely, creative! I want one!

  22. Jen Rea

    Amazing project – and a stunning addition to the wedding.

  23. maggie {sidebysideblog}

    absolutely beautiful! i hope you find somewhere to hang it in your new home :) it’s just lovely!

  24. JACKIE WONDERS

    Nicole is AAAAMMMMAAZING! She never ceases to amaze me with her creativity. hope you win girl!!!

  25. Pat

    I love this! I had always wanted to make something like this, but I’m just paranoid that the glass bottles will land on my head one day…

  26. Steph

    Beautiful. Just breathtaking. Nicer than anything I’ve seen in any shop or mag anywhere. What a clever woman!

  27. Vina

    Supplying modern & classic indoor lighting fixtures including chandelier, ceiling lamp, floor lamp, table lamp, wall lamp etc.

  28. KJDesignSolutions

    Very creative idea. I love how incredible it all looks!

  29. Kathryn

    I am not able to find anyone who carries a drop in light kit? Any ideas?

  30. JTH

    Can’t wait to try this for our wedding!

  31. JTH

    Fingers crossed – not sure I’ll be able to pull this off, but it looks great!

  32. engagement rings

    Wow, this is brilliant:) I’m getting merriage soon so this is a big inspiration for me:)

  33. Jewel

    An amazingly eye-catching centrepiece.

  34. Katie Jayne

    Love this, so inspirational!

  35. Maggie @ Best Wedding Destinations

    So simple. So elegant. Love the chandeliers!

  36. Sunny

    I have been seeing more and more of these unique style chandeliers in restaurants and bars. It’s a great talking piece. This is a great piece to have and not to mention the fun you get to have treasure hunting for all the pieces. Thanks for sharing the step by step instructions.

  37. Jan

    Does anyone know where I can purchase the navy and white striped paper lanterns?

  38. Wedding friends blog

    These are really good!

  39. Liondragoncustom

    reat shoes!! I love the cake toppers. This wedding was simple yet wonderful.

  40. Wedding Planner London

    This is a fantastic idea to add just a hint of DIY to your wedding day. Looks amazing too!!!

  41. Passport Photo

    Wonderful Chandeliers! they looks perfect for weddings.

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