Friday, July 19, 2013

bird.i.y: fringe chandelier

about a month ago i found about a million (okay, probably not that many) embroidery hoops at savers for $3.99. so, naturally, i bought all of them. no, no, i do not embroider. i wish i did! how cool would that be? alas, i have no idea how one actually uses an embroidery hoop for it's god-given purpose. but i figured i would find something fun to do with them, you know? and i did! i decided i needed a pair of fringe chandeliers for my dining room. i mean, really, who doesn't? am i right?

what you'll need:
embroidery hoops (i made two chandeliers, so i needed four hoops total.)
hot glue gun
fringe (i used two yards of 10" fringe for each chandelier.)
acrylic paint
fishing line

start by separating the inner and outer hoops. (you will only use the inner hoops for this project. and those outer hoops will be waiting around for another diy later on!). i then painted all the hoops the same color. i would have painted them the same colors as the fringe, but i didn't have paint in those colors. so i just painted them green. no biggie.

next, cut three pieces of fishing line about 20" long. tie each to the smaller hoop. make sure they are evenly spaced. this is important! please note, i didn't measure...just eyeballed it. and they looked evenly spaced to me! but my final product definitely did not come out perfectly!
next, you will want to place the smaller hoop above the larger hoop. if you have a tub of brown sugar, that works just fine. if you have a friend to hold both hoops, that might work a bit better. you will notice that i did not have a friend. tie the line to the larger hoop in order to connect the two hoops. once again, make sure they are evenly spaced. then, cut three more lengths of fishing line and tie these to the large hoop (for hanging the finished product.) does any of this make sense? i hope so...
this is what it will look like after all of the cutting and tying:
okay, hopefully yours will be a bit more even and less wonky. but it works.

next, add the fringe! i started with the smaller hoop. add a bead of hot glue to the hoop and press the fringe onto it until it dries.
continue around the hoop, lining up the edge of the fringe with the edge of the hoop and gluing as you go. then, repeat these steps on the larger hoop. i ended up going around the top hoop twice to make it a bit more full looking. another note, make sure not to get glue on the fishing line just in case adjustments need to be made later on!

finally, take the three pieces of fishing line for hanging and tie them into a knot a couple of times. make sure the knot is centered and the strings are all even! and now you can hang your new chandelier (or in my case, chandeliers) wherever you please!

what do you think? fun and easy. and pretty cute, too!

xoxo, nora bird


  1. What a clever idea! They look so fun hanging up :)

  2. I love these! I'm moving in September and excited to try some new decorations!

  3. so cute
    i wish i had girl to do that in her room
    the two man/child people that live here would not appreciate it lol

  4. That is cute! My daughter might like that in her bedroom!

  5. OH my gosh! HOW COOL! I love the way they turned out!

  6. Totally love how these came out! They are so cute and fun.

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  7. that is soooo cool! they look really easy and are so fun!

  8. Those came out awesome! Such a fun little decorating idea! Have a great weekend :)

    The Tiny Heart
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  9. Oh this looks so great, what a cute idea!

  10. those are FUN! i love them! they're really festive and cute. great job!

  11. Ok, the whole time I am reading, I'm thinking this Megan talking. Then by seeing recent pics posted by Nora on here and IG, I say, "Huh, Nora is doing this one?" YOU TWO are both just crafty little birds. (sorry, I don't have patients for crafts) But I will remake an outfit of something I got on a thrifty buy, so ...perhaps I can be a bit crafty. LOL

    Have a super weekend! THANK YOU for the compliments on the grandkids ~

  12. Nora what creative thinking, I would never look at those and think to create that. It looks great!

  13. That's super neat! this would be awesome in my kid's rooms!

  14. I love the Idea, what a cute created!



  15. Thank you for stopping by my blog and for the sweet comment.

    Looking forward to checking out your blog.

    Oh and this craft idea is pretty cool, I am not very crafty but this seems like something even I can do

  16. Amazing diy! I love it:)

  17. What an absolutely amazing DIY! I can't imagine the dining room without them:). Thank you for sharing your tutorial :) xo

  18. Oh wow so Mad Men!!

    Ali of

    Dressing Ken

  19. Wow! I LOVE it! Such a fabulous DIY!

  20. This is a great idea. It goes really well with the rest of your room.

    Corinne x

  21. I wanted to give you a shout out that I featured this amazing tutorial on Tile Lifestyle's DIY Trend: Fringe post! Featuring the best tutorials on adding fringe to anything!