There’s an overlooked area in your home just begging for design attention and DIY fun: your lighting! Don’t settle for the overhead lights that were standard when you first moved in, and definitely don’t drop a whole bunch of money on expensive fixtures. Instead, make your own! It’s not only totally possible, it’s a simpler process than you might think, and when the project is this gorgeous Glass Orb Bubble Chandlier, it’s more glamorous and gorgeous, too. Kenneth Wingard from Home Made Simple stops by OWN to show us how it’s done. Watch to get an idea of this fun project, then read on for our step-by-step breakdown of the process.
GLASS BUBBLE CHANDELIER
- Pendant light kit
- Clear LED light bulb
- 2 – ½-inch split rings
- 12 – 4-inch hanging glass orbs, from a garden or craft store
- Fishing line thread
- Assemble the pendant light according to the kit’s instructions and insert the LED light bulb. Open up one of the split rings just enough to slide it around the core of the pendant light.
- Tie fishing line around the hooks of the glass orbs. To be safe, knot it 3 or 4 times.
- Thread the other end of the fishing line through the split ring. Pull the thread until the glass orbs reach the height and placement around the light bulb that you want. To be safe, knot it 3 or 4 times before cutting off any excess thread with your scissors.
- Repeat steps 2 and 3 to add more glass orbs around the bulb. Each split ring can bear the weight of about 6 glass orbs, and your average light kit can bear the weight of about 12 glass orbs and 2 split rings. So after you’ve added 5 more glass orbs to your first split ring, add the second and repeat steps 1 through 3 with that one.
- Hang and plug in your new light fixture, and enjoy!
Gorgeous and simple! This project is so easy to do, and once that light comes shining through those glass orbs, it’ll make an absolutely magical effect in whatever room you hang it.
A couple of things to remember:
- Be sure to read your lighting kit’s instructions thoroughly before attempting any project. Safety first!
- A split ring is very similar, and in some cases identical, to a typical key ring. Keep that in mind as you assemble your chandelier, and don’t try to hang more than six glass orbs from it.
- Could you add even more split rings and glass orbs? Potentially, but for safety’s sake, you don’t want to add too much weight to your overhead light. Two split rings with six glass orbs each should give you a great effect without being too overwhelming or heavy!
- You can find glass orbs like these in gardening stores. Because they will be near light and heat, be sure to get glass, not plastic or other flammable materials.
Do you think you’ll give this project a try? Have you ever made your own chandelier before? What about other lighting fixtures? If you give this one a try, be sure to let us know! You can find even more detailed instructions, too, over on Home Made Simple’s site. Have fun adding some glamour to your home!