DIY Bead Chandelier

Saturday, February 3, 2018

My fingers cannot type fast enough as I sit here ready to reveal my latest DIY project! I am beyond excited to share how I transformed an old 'boob light' into a bead chandelier for under $20!

If you've been following along for the past month then you'd know we recently transformed our old dining room into an office for the $100 Room Challenge! We were also busy on turning our old office into a playroom for the New Year New Room Refresh (is your head spinning yet?). Well, to save money we wanted to use the old light fixture from the old office (now playroom) in the dining room (now office). As were were putting the fixture in our new office (old dining room... okay, i'll stop) we had some trouble. For some reason we weren't able to get it up with the glass bowl in it. Enter DIY Goddess (remember her from blog posts past... she's back).

I have been wanting to try my hand at a DIY bead chandelier for almost 6 months now when I was looking at refreshing our entryway for under $100. Well, I have decided that 2018 is my year of 'get it done' so I decided to go for it. 

Let's get started!

What you will need:
When I first set out to complete this project I had no idea if it would work. And I did have a few trial and error issues come up but what DIY project is complete without a few fails?! This is the process that worked for me!

You will start by drilling holes in the metal of your light fixture. TIP: Drill 20 holes in both the top and bottom. I drilled 21 and that left me needing to get more beads. More on that in a bit.

Dont mind the holes in the middle! That was a FAIL! You are drilling the holes around the outer edge!
Once your nails are drilled in both the upper ring and lower metal rings you will start to string the beads. I chose to use 10 beads per strand (5 of each size). TIP: Start by stringing through the lower ring. It is much easier to work with only string around that piece versus the upper ring where you have more room between strands (I hope I am making sense here). It took me about 5 strands before I realized this.

Your first strand will look like this! 

You will then keep completing the strands until you have the whole things completed! Once all strands are tightly fasted it should look like this.

Now it is time to hang your new light fixture! My fixture is slightly more ornate than typical flushmount 'boob light' as it is hung from three different spots. So it was very simple to install!

And just like that for less than $15 I have myself a beautiful bead chandelier! I am so happy with how this turned out! Time to go do this on all the other boob lights in my house! 

Do you have any tips or tricks for how to makeover those awful boob lights? Please share them with me in the comments below!

As always, Thank you for visiting R&R at home!


  1. Oh my gosh, what an amazing idea!!! It turned out gorgeous!! I'm definitely adding this to my "to-do" list. Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. Hi Heather! Thank you! This was such a fun project to complete and relatively easy! So glad you stopped by the blog :)

  2. Love it. I think you have solved my light fixture delimma for the guest room.

  3. Great job on making your own! I probably would have piddled out with all the beads to be strung.


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