So question: When you're shopping, do you ever see something and think, "Wow, I love that! I need to get it." AND THEN two seconds later you look at the price and think "uh. never mind."? Yeah, definitely happens to me all. the. time. Thankfully, soon after I have a thought along the lines of..."I bet I could make it." So this, my friends, is what came from one of those happenings.
My little family and I recently moved into a new apartment. I've seriously been loving every minute of it. That being said, I've finally been able to design a nursery for my little bit. I wasn't sure exactly what I was going for but I knew I wanted to incorporate lots of floral. I saw some pretty flower chandeliers and knew I just had to put one in her room! Without further ado, I'm going to show you how I made Georgie's chandelier. Sidenote: I like mine better than any of the ones I've seen. And that's the beauty of making something yourself - you can make it exactly how you want to!
First things first, here's what you need:
- A glue gun (& glue sticks obvi)
- Fishing line (or clear bracelet cord)
- Floral wire
- A wreath ring
Now remember, think of the colors you're wanting to go with, because like I said, you can literally make it look any way you want! I went with peaches and pinks because those were two of the colors I chose for Georgie's nursery.
Next, the ribbon...
Measure the ribbon from the cieling to the length you want your chandelier to hang. Cut the ribbon into four even pieces & place them evenly around the wreath ring in four different corners. To secure them, I wrapped them around the wreath and hot glued as I was wrapping.
Then, I started making the hanging flowers...
This is when your fishing line (or clear bracelet cord) comes into play. Cut your cord to the desired length that you are wanting the strands to hang. I measured mine and then just continued making them at random lengths, but stayed close to the same length as the first one I cut. After you cut the line, you are going to start to put your flowers on. Beginning with the flower that will be at the top, string the cord through the middle of that flower. Once you get it on the cord where you want it, place hot glue in the middle of the flower and on the cord to secure it and make sure it won't slide off. Continue doing this until you think you have enough flowers on the line. I put about 4 to 5 small flowers on each cord (alternating bigger and smaller ones.) Remember to keep them separated quite a bit because you want them to look like they are floating around and whimsical looking. I made about 12 strands of these, but of course, make as many as you would like!
Time to tie them on the wreath ring...
When you're done making the strands of hanging flowers, the next step would be to tie them to the wreath ring. As you may notice, there are 3 loops on the ring. I decided to tie my flower strands at random on the ring, alternating on different loops as I went. After you have them tied to where you want them, secure the knot with a little dab of hot glue to keep them from sliding around when working on your next steps. When your done, you'll have a bunch of pretty flowers just floatin' around in the wind.
Time to fill it with leaves...
Before we jump to the leaves, try to find a place where you will be able to hang the chandelier up from the ribbon. You won't wanna have to lay it down on the floor and get all of your hard work tangled up, trust me. Alright, moving on. Gather all of your leaves together (set aside a handful for the final touch-ups.) I just used the leaves from the stems of the flowers I had bought. Once you've got 'em, you're literally just going to start placing them all over the wreath ring. You want to make it look nice and full before you put your flowers on it. You can use your wreath wire and wrap the leaves on the loops, or you can use hot glue, or in my case, you can do both!
It's flower time...
You are basically going to do the same thing you just did with the leaves, except with the flowers this time. Strategically place them around the ring and secure them as you go along. You are going to want some to face angled down, some up, and some straight on. When you are finished placing the flowers on, go back and fill in any gaps with the extra leaves you had set aside earlier.
Good news: you have reached the end! Hang it up and gaze at that beauty.