Seven years ago when my husband and I built our house,
I was in love with this chandelier.
It is a Kathy Ireland entry chandelier from Lamps Plus. Well, seven years is a long time in my design eyes and the love has faded. Even my husband was ready for a change. I decided that what I really wanted was a barrel shade over a chandelier. Maybe I could buy a shade and slip it over the existing chandelier. I searched the internet high and low but the largest shade I could find was 18″ in diameter. My chandelier is 30″! That was not going to work. Even if there was one that was large enough, with the standard top X it would be too high to expose a little iron above and below the shade like I had imagined.
I’d have to make my own, a DIY barrel shade for my chandelier. What would I use for my stiff circle for the top and bottom? I drug my sweetie to the local Lowe’s but nothing was big enough. I did see a wreath and thought, what about a
We headed on over to JoAnn’s. Nothing even close to the right size. But what about an embroydery hoop?
Still not large enough. I thought about having one custom made by a metal shop, or possibly cutting up a trashcan lid, well scratch all of that. Brilliance struck! A HULA HOOP!
A quick trip to Wal-Mart yielded the perfect circle. They had many sizes, but the smallest was perfect. It was 32″ in diameter, just 2″ larger than my chandelier. It was flat on the outside and rounded on the inside! Wrapping a tape measure around the outside gave me the measurement of 109″ or a little over 3 yards.
So I purchased 2 yards of medium toned burlap from Walmart.
A hot iron to the burlap smothes everything out, you know how tricky burlap can be when it’s wrinkled.
Lay out the burlap on a table or flat surface. Fold it over lengthwise and cut along the fold.
Pin the two ends together and stitch them up to make one
long strip of burlap.
Sew up the seams.
Trim any excess burlap from seams.
Iron the seams flat on themselves.
Insert the hoola hoop inside the burlap tube and pin the top edge over the hoola hoop.
Carefully sew along the pins making sure your needle is set as close to the hoop as possible. Don’t worry if it isn’t perfect,
it will be hidden later.
Take some picture hanging wire and fish it around the hula hoop. I did this 6 times since I have a 6 light chandelier. Be sure to measure them equal distances apart. I took 109″ and divided it by 6. Then spaced them about 18″ apart. Twist the wire making a solid ring and trim the extra wire.
The blue hula hoop is still visable through the burlap, but don’t worry yet. (I could have spray painted it, but I had another plan)
Because the top still looked unfinished, I bought 3″ brown satin ribbon from a great shop called Tai Pan. It’s 10 yards for $6.95.
I chose brown because it was a nod to the dark finish of my chandelier. You could do any color you want! I also liked the sheen next to the dull burlap. Unfortunately, this would turn out to be the most difficult choice yet. In order for it to look clean and tidy I couldn’t glue or iron it on, they would look too messy. So I had to hand stitch it on.
I’m not much of a hand seamstress, I did a sloppy straight stitch tight along the bottom of the ribbon on both sides.
Cut a slit in the ribbon on the back side of the hula hoop for each wire ring. Slip fishing line under the ring and tie a square knot.
Measure each fishing line 18″ and trim.
Time to hang this masterpiece! Tie each of the 6 fishing lines to a corisponding curly cue. Measure the fishing line from the hula hoop to the chandelier, mine ended up at 11″. This made the shade high enough to expose some of the chandelier on top and bottom of the barrel. Be sure each fishing line measures the same so that the shade will hang level. The fishing line is so translucent, its dificult to see in this photo. And from the ground, you can’t see it at all, not even a shimmer when the light is on!
Now, stand back and admire your new barrel chandelier!
I love that the bottom is raw unfinished burlap. It creates an airy romantic feel.
A dimmer is a must with this light fixture. It changes the lighting with your mood. See the peekaboo top and bottom?
The light burlap glows when the chandelier is on, gorgeous.
- Quick; took only a few hours, less without the hand stitching
- Cheap; $3.30 hula hoop, $5.94 burlap, $6.95 ribbon (and used less than 1/3), fishing line, thread, wire=around $12!!!
- Easy; no expert sewing, ironing, or crafting skills necessary