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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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.


Comments (42):

  • Passport Photo on April 20, 2013

    Wonderful Chandeliers! they looks perfect for weddings.
  • Wedding Planner London on April 8, 2013

    This is a fantastic idea to add just a hint of DIY to your wedding day. Looks amazing too!!!
  • Liondragoncustom on November 29, 2012

    reat shoes!! I love the cake toppers. This wedding was simple yet wonderful.
  • Wedding friends blog on October 16, 2012

    These are really good!
  • Jan on August 29, 2012

    Does anyone know where I can purchase the navy and white striped paper lanterns?
  • Sunny on August 17, 2012

    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.
  • Maggie @ Best Wedding Destinations on June 11, 2012

    So simple. So elegant. Love the chandeliers!
  • Katie Jayne on May 10, 2012

    Love this, so inspirational!
  • Jewel on February 21, 2012

    An amazingly eye-catching centrepiece.
  • engagement rings on February 10, 2012

    Wow, this is brilliant:) I'm getting merriage soon so this is a big inspiration for me:)
  • JTH on January 26, 2012

    Fingers crossed - not sure I'll be able to pull this off, but it looks great!
  • JTH on January 26, 2012

    Can't wait to try this for our wedding!
  • Kathryn on January 12, 2012

    I am not able to find anyone who carries a drop in light kit? Any ideas?
  • KJDesignSolutions on August 16, 2011

    Very creative idea. I love how incredible it all looks!
  • Vina on May 18, 2011

    Supplying modern & classic indoor lighting fixtures including chandelier, ceiling lamp, floor lamp, table lamp, wall lamp etc.
  • Steph on April 1, 2011

    Beautiful. Just breathtaking. Nicer than anything I've seen in any shop or mag anywhere. What a clever woman!
  • Pat on October 15, 2010

    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...
  • JACKIE WONDERS on October 14, 2010

    Nicole is AAAAMMMMAAZING! She never ceases to amaze me with her creativity. hope you win girl!!!
  • maggie {sidebysideblog} on October 14, 2010

    absolutely beautiful! i hope you find somewhere to hang it in your new home :) it's just lovely!
  • Jen Rea on October 14, 2010

    Amazing project - and a stunning addition to the wedding.
  • Shirl Martin on October 14, 2010

    How clever, lovely, creative! I want one!
  • Erika on October 14, 2010

    this is totally cool!!!! I cant believe how beautiful!!
  • Matt on October 13, 2010

    epic for sure. What do you get if you win NicolE?
  • Lizzie [Ten Thou Bride] on October 13, 2010

    This is such an epic DIY tutorial! Good work! It looks brilliant!
  • Matt on October 13, 2010

    Really great work... Love the new ideas
  • Emily Heizer Photography on October 13, 2010

    SOOOOOOOOOOOOO neat and SOOOOOO worth it's own post!
  • JESSICA DEFINE on October 13, 2010

    This is an awesome DIY but it looks like it took forrreeevver. It's awesome though!
  • Christa Rose on October 13, 2010

    Love this! So beautiful and elegant and carries that vintage charm!
  • Donnette on October 13, 2010

    wow! so pretty and impressive! LOVE IT!
  • Marie McClanahan on October 13, 2010

    GORGEOUS! So unique, one of a kind, love it!
  • Kaitlyn on October 13, 2010

    How freaking creative are those girls!! Super jealous. Is that chandelier for sale?? How can I get one for my wedding in June!?
  • Matt on October 13, 2010

    Wow, this is amazing.. who hand made that chandelier?
  • Amanda Swann on October 13, 2010

    That is stunning. So simple, but so elegant.
  • Krystel on October 13, 2010

    I love it! Beautiful and elegant! AMAZING!!!
  • Rachel - theWeddingVine on October 13, 2010

    This is amazing!! I cant believe this was put together just glasses and vases! The lanterns really make it!
  • Weddings Down South on October 13, 2010

    This is so amazing.....and I love the entry tent!
  • lydia {ever ours} on October 13, 2010

    so neat!
  • Tonia on October 13, 2010

    these are what I call simple fabulousness. I am so amazed at how creative people are.
  • Jamie on October 13, 2010

    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?
  • Lemon on October 13, 2010

    Wow! What an amazing piece. That's just incredible.
  • Nikki on October 13, 2010

    Wow that is amazing! And something she can have forever to remind her of her special day. What a great idea!
  • claire Gallam on October 13, 2010

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


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