Lighting is one of the best ways to create ambiance or set the mood in any room. It’s also one of the ways that homeowners can showcase their own style. When you go to add new lighting to the rooms of your home, however, it’s easy to get sticker shock when shopping retail to find that perfect piece.
Enter the beauty of DIY. Making chandeliers of all kinds is surprisingly simple and only a fraction of the cost. It’s easier than you may think it is to work with the electrical elements, too.
When it comes to DIY chandeliers, you don’t need to look much further than second-hand stores and recycled materials you may already have in order to craft a chandelier you’ll be proud of. From farmhouse to modern, rustic to high-glam, there is something for everyone. Depending on what you tackle, most projects only require a day or so to complete.
For some of the best DIY chandelier projects to try, keep reading (and watching) for our list of those we think you’re going to love.
Farmhouse-Style DIY Chandelier
We can’t ignore how hot farmhouse style is right now.
This chandelier is clean, minimalist, and very on-trend. Perfect for main living spaces.
DIY Brass Chandelier Makeover
While brass is making a comeback, there are some old brass finishes that could use an upgrade. This is an excellent way to upcycle a piece wherein you like the “bones” and style, but the exterior just needs a bit of polish.
Recycled Glass Bottle Chandelier
Making your own lighting shouldn’t have to cost a fortune. It also doesn’t necessarily require all new parts when there are so many opportunities to use recycled materials. For example, check out this chandelier crafted of recycled glass bottles.
Upcycled Straw Chandelier
Yes, you read that correctly. Those geometric shapes don’t come cheap at the big-box stores!
Mason Jar Chandelier
If you’re a fan of the farmhouse style and are on board with the thousands of things that can be done with recycled Mason jars, this chandelier may be for you. The bonus of going with this option is that it’s also made with reclaimed barn wood.
Outdoor Mason Jar Chandelier With Succulents
Why not bring your chandelier outdoors? Dress up your patio or porch with a combination of Mason jars and succulent plants that’s simple to craft, inexpensive, and can be made in a couple of hours.
Large Beaded Chandelier
Buying a chandelier such as this from a high-end retailer would cost upwards of several hundred dollars. With some simple materials and a weekend, you can create this beauty for yourself.
Small Beaded Chandelier
Similar to the large beaded chandelier, this version is made in roughly the same way but takes just a bit less material.
Small Crystal DIY Chandelier
Crystal chandeliers never go out of style because they’re visually stunning and always make a statement. There is also an investment piece that most people wouldn’t part with.
However, you can make one yourself for a mere fraction of the price of traditional crystal lighting. This piece, for example, will run you roughly $20 in materials and comes together in a couple of hours.
Tassel DIY Chandelier
We’re seeing tassels popping up everywhere right now, such as in this tassel chandelier. The overall effect of this lighting is fun and warm, just be ready to spend several hours crafting it as this piece requires 100 tassels. Pop on your favorite podcast and make a day of it; the final results are worth the time.
Glass Beaded DIY Chandelier
Believe it or not, this chandelier is crafted from glass beads and other materials you can find at a dollar store. No one would believe you only spent a few bucks and a couple of hours on it. Perfect for any room that could use some extra glam.
Faux Capiz Shell Chandelier
If you’re particularly crafty, you may like this project. Plan on having a couple of days free to complete it as you will need a fair amount of time to cut the circles and wait for the base to dry after painting.
Caged Orb DIY Chandelier
You’ve likely seen lighting like this in retailers and in magazines or decorating sites. They’re clean and modern and making a splash at the moment. Surprisingly enough, they’re simpler to DIY than it looks. This version retains a rustic finish, but you could paint it as well.
Fringe DIY Chandelier
This might be a fun project to do with a child, especially someone who’d like one for their own room. The materials are simple and inexpensive to buy and putting the whole project together should only take a few hours. The overall look is whimsical and fresh.
Simple Paper DIY Chandelier
Another fun project to try with kids is this paper chandelier. It requires only paper, scissors, a paper lantern base, and craft glue. The end result is a classy and unique piece.
Wooden DIY Chandelier
Give yourself a beautiful wooden chandelier that looks like you spent a whole lot more.
Make it your own by selecting wood sizes and stains based upon the look you’re going for and the space you’re working with.
Industrial Hemp Rope Chandelier
If the industrial look is more your style, check out this option. The combination of clean lines and hemp rope make this chandelier both modern and comfortable.
Wooden Half Lap Joints Chandelier
For those of you handy with saws and who love woodworking, this project may be ideal for your skills and your taste.
DIY Ring Chandelier
No one will ever guess that you made this yourself. This ring chandelier is the perfect addition to your home if you’re looking for some modern glam.
Wine Bottle DIY Chandelier
Another fantastic opportunity to recycle and ideal for the wine lover in the home, this piece makes a great addition to a kitchen or dining room.
Edison Bulb And Reclaimed Beam Chandelier
For something with a bit more substance and a masculine feel, consider this chandelier made of a reclaimed beam and Edison bulbs.
Wagon Wheel Chandelier
If the look of your room or your home overall is rustic or ranch- inspired, consider recycling a wagon wheel and turning it into a chandelier.
Scrap Wood Chandelier
Fancy something vintage? Don’t know what to do with all that scrap wood? Make some art. Check out this chandelier; the possibilities are endless!