An Afternoon Creating In The Studio...Ribbon Work Chandelier


Art and creating pulls at my heartstrings and I have been feeling the need to get into my studio. I made the time to do just that for a blissful few hours recently and today I'm going to share how to make this...

how to make a ruffled lampshade

I have been making chandeliers, lamps and lamp shades for many years now. The one above was made (and sold) quite a few years back, but I recently found the image on Pinterest again and thought that I'd share.

vintage lampshade projects

I had an orphaned large lampshade in my studio that has been sitting around for a couple of years, waiting for a fluffing of some sort...so out came the supplies today with a design in my head.

seam binding ribbon

I began by wrapping the entire frame in green seam binding, as I wanted a garden theme.


pink silk

Taking some time, I hand painted the most beautiful antique silk ribbon that I found in France.


sari ribbon

You could also use silk sari ribbon that comes in a variety of shades and I love how the edges on these are tattered.

ribbon chandelier shabby chic

After the frame was wrapped in the seam binding, I wrapped additional layers of ribbon that have baby pink rose buds and also some ribbon with leaves attached.


vintage millinery chandelier diy

Then I worked with more hand dyed silk ribbons in lavenders...tying, twisting and twirling until it looked pleasing to my eye.


shabbyfufu lighting


Vintage millinery was added as the finishing touch.


vintage lampshade tutorial

I added the electrical component and it is now a working chandelier that is made to swag. The perfect end of day time to shoot it in the "golden hour" with some lovely light...

how to make a chandelier



Extra Tips

Once you are satisfied with the look of your lampshade chandelier, the final step would be to electrify it.  In this project I used a hanging lantern light kit with a plug at the end and put it through the center part of the top of the completed chandelier. The cord on these are pretty heavy duty, so you can simply wrap around a tree branch a couple of times to hang. If hanging outdoors, be sure to plug into a grounded outlet and remove when not in use.  

These are so pretty for a bridal shower, farmhouse style outdoor wedding, baby shower, etc! 





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26 comments

Heaven's Walk said...

I love love love love this, Janet! So whimsical and sweet! You are truly one talented artist, my friend. Love the way you create so much beauty from bits and bobs. ♥

xoxo laurie

lilalee at fou fou lulu's said...

I love your afternoon creations. Such a wonderful way to relax and unwind when your busy.

Pura Vida said...

I just love it, love your ring too

Shabby chic Sandy said...

This is awesome--would look awesome at my daughters wedding--now I want to make one :)

http://deezie-sunshinedeezines.blogspot.com/ said...

This is just beautiful and so creative. I just really love it. I agree with Sandy, it would look amazing for a wedding. What a fun afternoon project

Wanda Adamczyk said...

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Gigi Harlan said...

How cute! Isn't it cool when you find pictures of one of your projects on Pinterest? I am always so thrilled, lol.

June said...

Janet this is absolutely beautiful. You amaze me with the way you put just the right touch into your projects. Thank you for the great tutorial because I have got to try this! So pretty!!!
hugs...

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Such a gorgeous, gorgeous chandy!...I can see many people quickly gathering supplies to create one of their own...thanks for sharing!!!

Hadi Agustin said...

great pics
beautiful


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Bente said...

So beautiful. Love this one

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

So many beautiful elements here. So sweet!

Leena Milligan Lanteigne said...

This is so cute! I love the colors and the freshness that speaks spring. I need to get back to creating too. I feel lost without it! Glad you got some creativity time! Hugs, Leena

ladydi said...

So beautiful and creative. Love the hand dyed ribbons also.

Karen Marie Kedzuch said...

Janet,
Gorgeous! You are a talented woman.
Happy Creating,
Karen Marie

Leahy Beth said...

Might we see a "before" picture of the bare base? Thanks! It's beautiful!!!

Sister Patty said...

I just love this -- so pretty, so romantic!

Thank you, Janet!

Julia Nyanyo said...

This is just beautiful, just the right amount of pretty!

Laura Silva said...

Such a pretty chandelier! My daughter would love this in her room.

Audra @ Renewed Projects said...

This is so beautiful! Looks amazing in the sunlight!

thecuratorscollection.com said...

Janet! I am in love with your beautiful little ribbon work chandeliers! Soooooo pretty! Thank you for sharing! I have a few shades that are bare and could use something like this to pretty them up! I hope you have a great week!
Smiles!
Terry

Christine Graves said...

That is so pretty!! I am seeing one of those above a rustic barnwood table or in a bedroom.

Pinning this!

Dee M said...

This is darling, and I love how feminine and frilly it is! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday! :)

thepaintedapron.com said...

Simply adorable, I would love to try this!
Jenna

Ava's Alphabet said...

Gah! This is gorgeous! I just want to set up a tea party underneath it right now. Thanks for sharing!

Burlap Luxe said...

It's wonderful, my Neice is getting married in November and these would be great even done up in all whites and hanging about, even small mini shades on mini lamps as center pieces.
I am do warding it to her Mother now!

Xx
Dore

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