DIY Wire and Crystal Chandelier

Hello, sweet friends.

This DIY wire and crystal 5-arm chandie

is project #1 that I’ll share during Bling Week!

It might be the Charlie Brown Christmas tree version
of a real chandelier, but I love it’s whimsical look.




(my favorite combination)
…and so easy and inexpensive to make.

I thought I’d share a simple picture tutorial

just in case you want to make one.


2 (7ft) packages of 16 gauge wire
1 spool of 20 gauge wire
1 spool of jewelry monofiliment
1 container of Sparkly Jems vase filler
Gorilla Glue Epoxy
Wire cutters or scissors
Cost: $24
without craft store coupons.
My actual cost was $6.58 because I had 40% off coupons, already had the Gorilla Glue Epoxy,
and won a Target gift card giveaway to cover the $7.99 cost of the sparkly gems at Target.
Not bad, huh?

Total project time: less than an hour

I’m being serious.
Step 1
Cut two 66 inch pieces of 16 gauge wire
and one 331/4 inch piece.
Cut two 48 inch pieces of 20 gauge wire
and one 24 1/4 inch piece. 

Step 2

Step 3
Step 4
Step 5
(only put Gorilla Glue Epoxy at tip and about an inch down.)
Step 6
Step 7

Step 8
Repeat steps 5, 6, and 7
in two more places as shown.
Step 9
Use your hand to smooth and curl the arms. 
The 20 gauge arms should be on top.
Step 10
Add 1 crystal of your choice
to each of the five bottom, 16 gauge arms.
I chose the teardrop shape.  
add crystals of choice to the top, 20 gauge arms.
I chose three balls on each arm.
Step 11
Once your crystals are strung onto the arms,
wrap the end of the 20 gauge (thinner) wire
around the 16 gauge. Snip off excess.
Leave a 1/4 inch at the end of the thicker wire and curl it downward. 
You will be able to see this in the photo after this one. 
Step 12
Smooth and fix your chandie arms if necessary and done. 

I hung mine from a torn piece of white muslin
attached to a white ceiling hook.

What do you think?
With or without double ruffle ribbon?
I just can’t decide.
Have a sparkly weekend!

You’re invited to link up your 

sparkly projects on Sunday!

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  1. Megan says:

    its adorable!! you did a fabulous job!!

    the only problem- I didnt see those pretty sparkly gems at target today… the section where they were (where I *think* i saw them, anyway) was totally cleared out and had all new stuff… but I could just be in the wrong spot.

  2. Very sweet!

    If you get a moment, I would love for you to stop by and enter my fabulous fall and French GIVEAWAY.

  3. Michelle says:

    I have just discovered your blog – how could I have lived so long without it? I’m going to start on my own version of the faux zinc cabinet this very weekend but have not yet tracked down the paint – hmm, this could be a problem. I will be posting on my blog in case you want to check out the progress. I won’t be starting til Sunday or Monday though because I really do have to clean the house tomorrow – sad, I know.

  4. Allison says:

    I love it, Jami! So simple and chic! How clever you are! I appreciate your tutorial. Have a great weekend.

  5. Amber says:

    Jami, this is so darling! Love it, love it!

  6. I love it! I think this is very versatile too. I just had quick thought of it being in a nursery, or hanging outside over a table for a party, but I love Beth’s idea of it getting rusty too. Looks great Jami:)

  7. d. reyné says:

    I think it is total bling! How fun! I am thinking I need three of these for my tinker house!
    Thank you for another fabulous diy

  8. Stephanie says:

    Great tutorial! I like it with the double ribbon. Chic and sleek. Great job.

  9. Chris says:

    Lovely and simple.

  10. Very cute and so creative!!! I think I like it with the ribbon but it looks great without it too!! Adorable!!!

  11. Olde Tyme Marketplace says:

    Thanks for sharing your how to! This would look adorable in a garden and if it got all rusty~ who cares!! Love it!
    Great job!

  12. Nancy says:

    to cute! and I like it withOUT the ribbon :)

  13. So pretty Jami!! Hugs, Rachel

  14. Robin says:

    I like it with the ribbon! and it is absolutely gorg!!

  15. I can’t wait to try this out! It’s gorgeous!

  16. Jami, This is so cute and chic! Love it.
    I hope you can drop by and enter my giveaway.
    Hugs, Sherry

  17. That is awesome. I want to try. Great invention, and original.

  18. Nutbird says:

    This is great because you don’t need electricity. It is also very light, so you don’t need much of a hook. Maybe in a month or so people will send in their variations of this look. I would like one with beach glass on it. You rock or should I say, You shine. Ann PS I’m working on my faux zinc table. I am the worst painter. I painted it outside, but it was windy and I got a lot of lint and dog hair? on it. Then I have lots of hammer dents from when I missed the nail. Then also it had a roaring grizzly bear painted on it first and I couldn’t sand it down enough.

  19. It’s so cute, Jami! I love the simplicity of it. It’d make a great baby mobile (out of reach, of course.)

    Your photos and tutorials are wonderful!

  20. Sarah at myyellowhouse says:

    You are definately the queen of tutorials!
    This is so charming ~ you always have such wonderful ideas. :)

  21. Beckie says: this simple yet classy chandelier…giving you an award over at my blog…check it out!

  22. Tara says:

    How sweet is this,I might just have to give this a go..xx

  23. Deb says:

    Super cute Jami! You definitely give the best tutorials and I love everything you create! Deb

  24. Jami
    What a cute shabby chic chandy. You could create a whole new name for these–wireliers.


  25. Who else would figure out this cool idea? You could really go nuts with all kind of shapes with the wire and the baubles couldn’t you? I find all colors and types of crystals on if anyone wants more ideas on crystal types…nice job Jami!

  26. kim c says:

    this is so clever and classic. love this idea, thanks for sharing

  27. Thank you, ladies. I’ve reached out to most of you through email but I don’t have an email for you my sweet Ann (Nutbird). Thank you for you always kind and motivating words. A chandie with beach glass would be lovely. No beach glass here in NY though! Also, I responded in the comment section of the other post to your question about the Anthropologie Copper clad furniture. I agree, it is more bronze. I will hopefully be tackling that faux copper technique this month if I find the right piece of furniture. I will definitely be doing it eventually. I just learned a new technique that I’m dying to try. Are you doing the zinc technique on an actual dining table? If so, I would love to see it, Ann!

  28. Jenni says:

    Jami, it is so SO cute! I think one would look perfect in our hall bathroom! We don’t have a place for one to be hardwired in, but this wouldn’t need it! I will definitely be trying this out! Thank you for sharing this. :)

    I am so happy to hear you found the color of grayish white! The right color can be so hard to find! It sounds really pretty, too! I can’t wait to see what it looks like!

    About your response to my email~ I haven’t checked my email yet (we just got back from our weekend vacation) but I will tomorrow! Thanks so much for writing back about my question, I really appreciate it! :) Oh, and about the window…I used vinyl paint on it. If I did it over again, I might use exterior paint, just for extra durability. I used paint in Benjamin Moore’s satin sheen, because their satin is comparable to a semi-gloss in other paint brands. I never thought to use a metal paint, but that is a great idea! :)

    I sure hope you had a good weekend! :)


  29. Holly says:

    You never cease to amaze me…a gorgeous chandy! A little bling is always good!

  30. Jessica says:

    I’m in LOVE!!!! I found this through It’s so Very Cheri. What a great idea! And I already have everything I’d need! I knew those pink gems I cought would come in handy for something!!! :)


  31. Pam says:

    Jami, this is simple, elegant AND sparkly. Plus you made it so inexpensively; yeah! Personally, I prefer sans ribbons….let the wire and gems sparkle away. :)

  32. Leanne says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! You are so creative. I’m making one or 2 of these. Thanks for sharing a tutorial.

  33. Love this! I had to share it on my FB page! Such a great idea!

  34. Clever and beautiful…as always! Thanks for linking up to the DIY Project Party monthly contest again! :)


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  37. It’s so pretty! I love the sparkle and I do love the ruffle ribbon too! Great job!


  38. Jami – This is so precious! I love the dainty touches of the crystals. Very pretty! Thanks so much for linking up. Hope you have a wonderful week. ~ Stephanie Lynn

  39. crystal says:

    I am going to make one of these for my bedroom. What is so nice about this chandelier is that it is light weight and can hang in my ceiling.
    Thank you for sharing such an idea.

  40. Beautiful chandelier! You’ve inspired me to do something similar, thanks, I linked it to my “lamps and lights” post too!

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