Hula Hoop Wedding Chandelier
We are getting married in September in a barn on our property. I wanted something extra special to hang from the wooden beams on the ceiling to give it a romantic feel. Many things came to mind but I was worried that everything was either to heavy or to expensive.
That's when the idea of making a chandelier from hula hoops hit me! I was able to find 2 different sized hula hoops (one from walmart and one from Dollar tree) that were PERFECT for this idea.
Since the hula hoops were rainbow, I decided to spray paint them gold. I absolutely love this rustoleum metallic gold spray paint. It seems to be the perfect finish!
I did two coats total after quickly sanding the plastic down.
Once the spray paint was dry, I gathered my supplies.
I am using eucalyptus garland (any garland you'd like would work), remote control curtain lights from Amazon, fishing line, jute, and a metal ring. I couldn't find anything on hand, so I used a metal curtain clip.
First thing I did, was cut 2 pieces of twine about 2 feet long each. I made sure they were the same length.
Then, I knotted them onto the metal ring and made sure they were extra secure. This will be how I hang this chandelier from the ceiling. I knotted the three ends onto the hoop evenly spaced out making sure they were the same length and the hoop was level.
I decided it was easiest to hang this from the ceiling to continue working. Luckily, I have swag hooks in my sunroom that I use to hang garland and plants from. That made this so much easier to make sure everything was hung level.
Once the hoop was attached to the hanging mechanism, I added he greenery garland. I simply looped it around loosely and used fishing wire to tighten any loose spots and ensure it was on there good.
Then, I started wrapping garland on the lower/smaller hoop. I decided to use the floral eucalyptus garland for the bottom section. I got all of my garlands right on Amazon (Plain Garland 5 pack) and (floral garland)
Again, I used fishing line to secure the garland to the hula hoop.
and then it was time to attach the upper larger hula hoop to the smaller one. I used 4 pieces of fishing line about 16 inches long. This part took a bit of trial and error but I simply folded the fishing line in half and cradled the bottom hoop. Then, I just knotted over the top hoop, loosely.
I had to work my way around the entire chandelier until I got all of the knots/fishing line to be level. Patience was definitely necessary for this part. Once they were level, I tightened the knots and then double knotted again for extra peace of mind.
Lastly, I added the curtain lights. I decided on these because they are simple but absolutely beautiful. I purchased them on Amazon as well. They have a remote control which really had me sold because I'm not sure how else we'd turn the lights on without taking the entire hanging chandelier down. Another thing that I like about these ones is the different modes they have! (linked here)
I simply used the plastic hooks they had and attached them around the lower hula hoop. This leaves them hanging naturally and I absolutely love the look!
I don't have the final shot of it in our barn on our wedding day just yet, but I think it is going to be absolutely beautiful!
Pictures didn't quite do it justice so I added this video as well.
I hope you enjoyed this DIY and if you wanna see many more home improvement projects and wedding DIY's, be sure to follow me on Instagram @lifeonwillowcreek
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Flipturn on Feb 21, 2022
To facilitate getting all the hanging lengths of string even:
- first measure and mark the knotting points at equal lengths on the cut pieces of string
- tie the string around the hoola hoop where the markers are
-cut off excess length of string
Post-it flags folded over work well, as they stay stuck, yet are easy to peel off when the project is finished.
I would also recommend marking the three points on the hoola hoop where the string will be tied on at equal distances apart. This will help the mobile to hang straight down.