DIY Waterfall Chandelier

3 Materials
4 Hours

I took my dated light fixture and stripped it down for a $40 transformation. The upgrade took it from the early 2000s to trendy now!

How it all began.

I couldn’t look at this fixture another day it had to be upgraded.

Bare bones

First it took off all of the old glass and ... well, tossed it. I found these cylinders on FB marketplace for $10. Kind of lucky here but you can also find them on amazon.

Creating the bottom shade

I got a wreath form from the dollar tree and snipped it down With wire snips to just a circle to use as a frame.

The spool of chain is from amazon and you can basically get any color that you want.

Now the tedious part. I cut each chain the length I wanted as it drapes over the wreath frame.

Chain length

Drape the chain over to make sure it’s the length you want and use this chain as a guide as you cut the rest.

Secure the chain

I worked in sections after I had a bunch of chain cut. Slide hot glue in about 1-2 inch sections and hang the chain on the wet glue... works pretty quick at this point.

I held it up to the light fixture to make sure it’s the length I want and it was all even.

Paint the skeleton

clean and scuff up the frame of the fixture. I used 80 grit sand paper to scuff it. Then prime and paint the color that you want! I used Rust O leum in dark bronze spray paint.

Secure the shade

I’m using floral wire from the dollar tree. Wrap the wire through the frame a couple of times and twist and tie to secure it in place nice and tight.

For the initial attachment point I used a soup can to prop up the frame so I could work with two hands.

I added some paint touch ups because the wire was blue.

Final look!

All lit up and fabulous!

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  • Teg Teg on Aug 31, 2020

    How did you spray paint your chandelier without getting paint everywhere?

  • Anna Anna on Sep 20, 2020

    I love what you did to it!! It is outstanding!! So many of the projects look cheap & tacky when completed, but this looks very high end!! Great job!! Where did you get the idea for the chain for the "water fall" ? it looks stunning!!


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  • Jannel Jannel on Sep 02, 2021

    Wow. What a gorgeous transformation. So creative.

    I am not a "glam" or modern style decorator. This feels a touch of me, so my preference would be to add white frosted shades and a frosted larger one (yeah, would have to think on that one) for the bottom light.

    You defeinitely worked magic on that light.

  • Shellie Turner Shellie Turner on Sep 16, 2021

    Gorgeous! Makes me want to find a cast off at Habitat Re-Store and try this. Thanks for sharing your vision.