How To: $990 Glass Bubble Chandelier for $70?!

Credit: The Well Appointed House [http://www.wellappointedhouse.com/Products/155898-the-well-appointed-house-bubble-chrome-ceiling-fixture.aspx]

This designer contemporary chandelier with classically beautiful elements from The Well Appointed House is designed to reduce its carbon footprint. GREAT cause, but why not take it a step further by making it yourself, even further reducing its carbon footprint, as well as cutting costs!  

Credit: Small Notebook [http://smallnotebook.org/2010/02/17/diy-glass-bubble-chandelier/]


How about a glass bubble chandelier that YOU can make! Here's the lineup of the supplies we'll need to make one:

  • 18 4-inch glass bubble balls from CB2 ($2 each)
  • 4 cord sets from IKEA ($4 each)
  • 20 gauge floral wire ($1)
  • fishing line ($1)
  • galvanized electrical conduit and fittings ($12)
  • 4 25-watt clear bulbs ($1 each)

Follow this link to see how it's done!

And, of course, you could always buy a copy of our very own Make It! Hardware Store Decor eBook, which includes detailed instructions on how to create your own "Exposed Bulb Chandelier":

DIY Exposed-Bulb Chandelier

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DesigningMom on Dec 17, 2010:

Hi Elsea Jane,

   I just looked and your not too far from me. Much closer to the closest Ikea yet still quite far. I actually live north of Omaha out in the country. Though Omaha has lots of shopping they seem not to rate so many of the "cool" places. They do have at least three Hobby Lobbys.

And yes, clear Christmas bulbs would lower the price.

Christmas lights Becky <><

elseajane on Dec 17, 2010:

Hey Mom, I know what you mean. I have come to love my lo0cal Hobby Lobby, and it's 45 miles to the west. Forget an Ikea or the like, it's either Chicago or Minnapolis. My daughter really likes these lights and she too had thought of the clear christmas ornaments, That should take this DIY project budget even lower.

DesigningMom on Dec 16, 2010:

I love living in the Midwest, but it does have it drawbacks when it comes to shopping some of the bigger name big box stores. You learn to think outside the box. giggle

Jill W on Dec 16, 2010:

oh thats a good idea!!

DesigningMom on Dec 16, 2010:

I finally made it to an Ikea and I didn't buy anything but some wooden train tracks for our grandson and a couple long drawer pulls. Can you believe it? I'm sure even in our daughter's packed vehicle (she was bringing home things to store while she was in S.Korea) I could have found space for these supplies.

I bet this time of year you could buy clear Christmas ornaments any place that sells crafts to replace the CB2 Bubble Balls. We don't have one of them around here either.

elseajane on Dec 16, 2010:

Again ideas, ideas, ideas! Where do I start...

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