Make a Unique Embroidery Hoop Chandelier in Just Five Steps
Sick of staring at a bare bulb? I can help! This embroidery hoop chandelier is an easy project that can get that light covered in no time. Create a bunch of tassels, attach them to the hoops, and hang, it’s as simple as that! I’ve gone with a neutral palette for my embroidery hoop chandelier as it lends a soft glow to my home office, but feel free to match your yarn to your aesthetic. Use bright colors for your teenager’s bedroom, or go with soft pastels for a nursery, it’s entirely up to you! All of the materials needed for this project can be found at your local craft store so what are you waiting for? Get started now with my step-by-step tutorial below!
Tools and Materials:
- 3 embroidery hoops
- Yarn (I used a thin white baby yarn)
- Rectangular piece of plastic (I used a drawer divider)
- White thread
- Hot glue
- Hot glue gun
- Staple gun
I started by cutting a piece of yarn that was around 8-10 inches.
The width of the piece of plastic you have will determine how long your tassels will be. Mine is just around 3” wide. I held my cut piece of yarn to the top of the piece of plastic.
Then I took the ball of yarn and started wrapping it around the piece of plastic, while continuing to hold the cut piece on top.
Once I had done a couple passes I let go of the top piece of yarn. I continued to do around 25-30 passes of yarn around the plastic. The number of passes you do will determine the thickness of the tassel.
When I was happy with the number of passes I had done I took the cut piece on the top of the plastic and tied it in a knot. This would hold the other pieces of yarn together. Don’t pull too tight as you may break the yarn. Don’t worry about the knot being perfectly tight against the yarn, it’s more important that the knot itself is tight.
Then I slid the yarn off the plastic and trimmed it.
I cut another small piece of yarn and lay it on the table. Where you place this small piece of yarn will determine the size of the head of the tassel. I lay my tassel over it and then tied the cut piece of yarn around it.
I picked up the tassel and cut open the loops at the bottom.
And then I gave the end of the tassel a little trim to make sure that everything was the same length.
I made quite a few tassels for this project. The amount you’ll need will be determined by the size of your embroidery hoops, so make a bunch and keep enough yarn on hand to make more if needed later on.
Wrap the Embroidery Hoops
With all of my tassels wrapped and ready, I could finally move on to prepping the embroidery hoops. For this project we’ll only be using the inner hoop so I removed the outer hoop and set it to the side.
My hoops were quite bright, and this certainly did not fit the neutral theme I was going for. You can paint your hoops, but I chose to wrap mine with twine to cover up the color. I tied a knot around the hoop and then started wrapping the twine around the hoop. I like to leave my twine connected to the spool as I wasn’t sure just how much I would need and I didn’t want to waste any by cutting off too much. This also makes it easier to pass the twine through the hoop.
I wrapped a few times and then pushed it together to make sure that it completely covered up the bright orange embroidery hoop. This part can be a bit meticulous but I just love the rustic look it lends.
Once I had completely covered up the hoop, I added a bead of hot glue to the end and wrapped the twine around it a few times, holding it until it set. Then I trimmed the end of the twine and repeated the process with one of the other hoops. The last hoop was a light color already and was going to sit inside of the larger hoop and not be seen, so I chose to leave it as it was.
Attach the Tassels
I started attaching the tassels to the hoop using the long ends I left when I tied the tassel together. I tied the ends of the yarn together, lay the tassel under the hoop, and fed the tassel through the loop of yarn. This attaches the tassels in a clean and even way.
Make sure that the knots at the top of the tassels sit inside the embroidery hoops so that they are hidden. I repeated this process on all of the hoops and then I was ready to pull everything together to make my embroidery hoop chandelier.
Connect the Embroidery Hoops
Using some white thread, I tied the medium sized embroidery hoop to the larger hoop. When tying yours, make sure to leave a nice length of thread between the hoops so that the smaller one hangs. It’s important to keep all of the threads the same length so that the hoop hangs level.
Add a Light
If you want to use this as a light fixture you have a few options. You can hang it on a pendant light for a hanging embroidery hoop chandelier.
I actually had a pot light in my home office and I loved the look of it up against that light. I secured mine directly to the ceiling with a staple gun. It gives off a nice glow and I love how it looks.
This embroidery hoop chandelier would also look nice as decor in a nursery without a light. What colors would you use for your embroidery hoop chandelier? Let me know in the comments below!