DIY Glass Bubble Chandelier

Here is the inspiration picture that I came across online one day.  My immediate reaction was, “I MUST MAKE THIS!”  It’s unique and an immediate conversation starter.  I absolutely love how mine turned out.

My inspiration picture is from the Frou Frou Fashionista.  I based a lot of my supplies from her list too, but I knew mine was going to be smaller.

Here are the supplies:

  • A grilling grate (mine is about 12″ in diameter, I got it at Goodwill) COST: $1.99

  • Chain to attach the grill (I bought about 4′ from Home Depot) COST: $2.28

  • Canopy Kit to attach everything to the ceiling COST: $4.99

  • Fishing line (I borrowed some from my dad, but pick something that can handle some weight) COST: FREE
  • Craft (or floral) wire (18-22 gauge, something strong enough to hold the glass, but not too tough to bend) COST: about $4.00

  • Pliers, wire cutter, a large nail, and scissors

TOTAL COST: $75.98

Here’s what I did:

1. I laid out the light kits from Ikea and decided how long the needed to be from the ceiling.  I cut cords shorter (and cut off the plug) and stripped some of the plastic off the end to expose the wires.  We then wound all 3 of the white wires together and all 3 of the black wires together.

2. I measured the distance from the ceiling that I wanted the grilling grate to hang down.  I decided on about 13″.  I cut the chain accordingly and attached the chain to the grill in 3 even spots.  I joined all the wires into one chain at the top.

3. I strung the light kits through the grate and attached the top of the chains to the canopy kit hook.

4. We turned off the power and then we held everything up to the ceiling and wired the light kits into the ceiling and attached the canopy kit completely.  Make sure to flip the power back on and check that the lights work before you move forward.

5. I cut about 3″ sections of wire, folded them in half tightly, and then wrapped the wire around a large nail to create a loop in the middle.

6. Tie the end of the fishing line to the loop. (Use several knots to make sure it’s secure.)

7. Push the wire through the hole in a glass ball. **Once you string the wire into the ball it’s really hard to get it back out.

8. Hold the string (with the glass ball on the end) up to the grate and decide how long you want it to be.  I hung all the larger ones first and then filled in spaces with the smaller balls.

9. Cut the fishing line and tie securely to the grate.

10. Continue tying the glass balls on.  And you’re done!

I LOVE the pattern this light creates on the ceiling!

Everyone loves this light–and I’ll admit, i like being able to tell people that I made it myself!

I’m linking up to Home Stories A to Z Tutorials & Tips Link Party today.  Check out all the other tutorial posted there!


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