diy project: kate’s beaded chandelier

bead chandelier plain
i love the seventies feel of the colors on these giant wood beads, so i decided to embrace it and make a cozy little chandelier for over my small dining table. the softness of the yarn and the smooth beads makes this a very fun lamp, perfect for winter evenings. you could also spray paint the beads a color and go monochromatic (black perhaps?) for a more dramatic, modern look. this is a fun project to do with children as well (another good one for movie time), because it’s really just stringin’ beads! have fun! – kate

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bead chand supplies

1. wood beads (these come in large bags at craft stores)
2. yarn
3. metal hoops in two sizes, large and small (these are also available in craft stores. they come in packs of two or three, and i usually find them in the section with leather rope. i think their main purpose if to make dream catchers. you could also use embroidery hoops)
4. scissors
5. ruler
6. paper clip


1. Wrap one of each metal hoop with yarn. Tie the beginning and end with knots to secure.

2. Measure and cut 10-15pieces of yarn that are 24 inches long.

3. Tie and knot all pieces of yarn to the small hoop, spaced evenly around the hoop. Use 2″ of yarn to tie the knot so you have 22″ of yarn dangling from the hoop.

4. Bend the paper clip into a long needle with one hook at the end to catch the yarn. This is your threading needle for the beads.

5. Thread beads onto each piece of yarn, spacing and clumping beads as you wish. To space the beads, tie knots in the yarn so that the beads will not slide around. Stop on each yarn when you reach 8″. Measure to make sure all your strands are the same length.

bead chand process

6. Knot each piece of yarn at that 8″ mark around the larger hoop, spacing them evenly and keeping them in order. Check to see when you hold the chandelier up that both hoops are hanging level, and adjust your knots to level it out.

7. Thread beads onto the bottom strands of yarn below the large hoop the same way you beaded the top half.

8. When you reach 10″, stop beading on each piece. Gather all the beads strands underneath the big hoop and pinch them where the beads stop to see if it hangs cleanly. Since they are the same length, they should hang evenly and drape a little bit to create a basket shape.

9. Tie a giant knot with all the strands right at the point where the beads end. Ship the extra yarn off the bottom of the not, leaving about an inch or two of yarn.

10. You may now add a hanging bulb if you wish, or hang the chandelier with more yarn or invisible thread.


bead chandelier on

  1. Love funky chandeliers. Did you see the one on Man Travels Globe the other night? Very cool. I posted it here…

  2. caroline says:

    Such a cute project. I’d love to know where that amazing rainbow teardrop mug comes from!

  3. Nicole says:

    Very cool! Much like a mini version of the Pony bead chandelier hanging in the new Regent Street Anthropologie. Might have to take on this project to get a bit of the store at home!! Thanks for this!

  4. Alejandra says:

    Looks very nice! Definitely I’ll try to make one of those!

  5. chelsbells says:

    Bring back macrame! love it

  6. Love it!! I think I have to try to make one myself, it’s really cute.

  7. Unique! Loveliness! Reminds me of the 80’s macremae my mom used to braid and bead and hang from our front porch.

  8. Mish says:

    So cute! I especially love how it kind of matches the coffee cup :)

  9. vanessa says:

    Super cute, but be very careful of flammable yarn and heat (not for babys room)

  10. Molly Jean says:

    this is so adorable i can barely stand it!

  11. Jen says:

    I think I’m just paranoid – but I would be so scared of it melting/catching on fire??

    It’s so adorable, though!

  12. Hannah says:

    So cute! It does look like candy!

  13. kate says:

    hey everyone!
    i’m not sure if it is clear form the photos, but the bulb does not touch the lamp in any way. if you use a low wattage bulb (25 or lower) you’ll be fine!

  14. Jessica Tse says:

    This is really lovely!! It makes me think of the beach, the tropical ;)

  15. Maria says:

    Maybe if using a larger hoop for the middle part of the chandelier it will be better because the distance between the light and the beads/ yarn will be larger….. ?

  16. Suz says:

    So gorgeous! and even better because little fingers can manage to thread the beads to make their very own chandelier. Perfect!

  17. My daughter would love this in her room.

  18. What a cute project! It would indeed be ideal for a children’s room…

  19. Susana says:

    Una idea muy ingeniosa, moderna y creativa.

  20. Julie says:

    If anyone’s afraid of the light blulb being hot, use a CFL bulb, they barely get warm and it would be safe to use. Just an idea.
    Love the project.


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