DIY Serena & Lily Malibu Chandelier Tutorial

DIY Malibu Chandelier Tutorial BlogHave you been eying Serena & Lily’s Malibu Chandelier for your home? It is such a natural, simple colored piece. It is the different textures that really give it a great shabby chic, beachy type feel. At almost $900 it is a pretty serious lighting investment. But you can make it at home for 1/5 of that price, with premium materials, in whatever size and configuration you need. Here’s the full tutorial:

Building the Frame

Malibu Chandeleir Frame Tutorial

First you will need all the materials to build the frame of the chandelier. For a full parts list and where to buy each one check out my Beaded Chandelier – The Planning post from last year.

3 or 4″ lamp ring for bottom.

12″ lamp ring for top

1/8″ IP threaded rod

Lamp Wire and Copper Wire

2 or 3-lite cluster socket

Hex nuts


Chandelier Canopy

Wood Veneer Edging



Clothes Pins

Clothes Pins

Hemp Cording

Choosing the Beads

Malibu Chandelier Tutorial

Fire Mountain Gems has these wonderful natural veined beads that look just like those on Serena & Lily’ Malibu Chandelier. I choose the 6mm, 8mm, 10mm, and 12mm natural magnasite beads.  To get an idea of how many you’ll need, here’s how many beads for each band, and the total amount of strands you need to purchase for a chandelier 12″ in diameter and about 10″ tall.

63 strands

(11) 6mm beads each strand – buy 11 units

(9) 8mm beads – buy 12 units

(7) 10mm beads – buy 12 units

(5) 12mm beads – buy 10 units

Fire Mountain Gems also has the blue shade of magna     site.  I think it would make a gorgeous beach chandelier also.

Magnasite Turquoise

Building Your Chandelier

Once you have the beads and your structure built, you can start tying on the strands, one by one, around and around until you have the desired amount of strands. You can follow along with this Beaded Chandelier tutorial for the details of each step.

Tip – Instead of adding beads to each strand after it is tied on the chandy, go ahead and start beading the necessary beads on a spooled piece of mono-filament. For instance I would bead the (11)6mm beads, then (9)8mm beads, then (7)10mm beads, then (5)12mm beads, and then start all over again on the same strand. Once you have several of these strung together, you start tying them on the chandelier from that spool. This way you can get comfy for them majority of the beading. Hope that makes sense!

Adding Your Hemp Banding

For this project I used Oak Veneer Edging as the band of the chandelier. I didn’t paint it or anything before adding it to the chandelier, the light natural wood color blends great with the hemp wrapping.

Wood Banding

I use E6000 and clothes pins to attach the band to the top chandelier ring, just like in my other tutorial.

Clothes Pins and E6000

Once that dries you can remove the clothes pins and start wrapping the band with hemp. I used a big mess of hemp cording, and passed it through the beads, around and around until the entire band was covered.

Malibu Chandelier Tutorial DIY

Then I just tied off the end back to an original secure loop from where I started wrapping, apply a little E6000 to secure the knot, and cut off any extra.

Next you’ll want to wrap the bottom band also. Tie a small knot on the bottom ring, and start wrapping. Until you get the first few rounds done, you’ll want to hold your first knot in place so it doesn’t just spin around the bottom band as you pull.

Then continue wrapping the entire band, again tying a small knot to secure the other end.

Malibu Chandelier Tutorial

Making the Tassel

I am by no means a tassel expert, but here is how I made my simple hemp tassel for the bottom of the chandy.

Make a bunch of loops with hemp cord around your 4 fingers.  Pull the rings off you hand and pinch one end that is now the top.  Wrap the loose end of the hemp cord close to the top of your pinched end to secure and finally tie a little know with the loose end in that same area.

Last step is to trim the loops that are dangling to make a tassel like the one below.

Tassle Tutorial

Then I used the E6000 to glue the tassel into the open threaded rod on the bottom of my chandelier.

DIY Malibu Chandelier Tassel


Wrapping the Canopy and Down Rod

To make a down rod I used a 6″ long 1/8″ IP threaded rod attached to the top of the chandelier by a coupler. That threaded rod went through my chandelier canopy to hang.

Steel Nipples

First I wrapped the canopy. My canopy needed to have screw covers that also act as nuts exposed for install, so I took care not to wrap where those needed to go.

Then I wrapped the down rod, and continues wrapping all the exposed all-thread all through the structure of my chandelier. Make sure you leave enough of the rod exposed to fit though the canopy and into the coupler.

Hemp Wrapped Chandelier

Finished Malibu Knock-Off Chandelier

DIY Malibu Chandelier Tutorial Blog

And now enjoy your custom built with you hands to your custom size Natural Bliss Chandelier!

Serena & Lily Malibu Chandelier DIY

Serena & Lily Malibu Chandelier


32 Responses to DIY Serena & Lily Malibu Chandelier Tutorial

  1. Looks just like it – what a great knock off! Thanks for the instructions!

  2. Alyssa says:

    It’s gorgeous! great job!!!
    would you be interested in guest posting on my blog? i know my readers would love to see some of your great crafts! if so just email me ;)


  3. Tiffany says:

    Looks like a lot of work, but yours turned out awesome! I think the blue beads would make a gorgeous version :)

  4. aimee says:

    wow, this is great, thanks for the tutorial xxx

  5. Wow! Your chandelier is beautiful! Thanks for the tutorial.

  6. Great job! I love that chandelier! (found you at TT&J)

  7. Katie says:

    What an amazing knock-off! This is stellar and that’s why I featured it today on Sew Woodsy!

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  9. Cat says:

    This is AMAZING! Great job and thank you for posting this. I have been drooling over the Serena and Lily chandelier since last summer. I will be doing this for a home project and I can’t wait!

  10. Megan says:

    Thank you so much for posting this! After debating for months whether to spend $1300+ from Ro-Sham-Beaux (who makes the S&L versions) I stumbled onto this tutorial. I’m going to do it!

    One important question, I’ve read this and the related posts several times, and I’ve missed what you need the copper wire for. When and how in the build is it used? Thank you.

    • SimplySalvage says:

      The copper wire helps ground the chandelier in case of power surges, etc. and is requried by electrical code. Take this and attach it to a screw on the body of your light bulb housing and run it up with the power cord and attach it again to a screw holding your chandelier to the ceiling. Helps reduce the small risk of fire caused by electrical problems. Hope this helps!


  11. chitra sundaram says:

    Wow, i cant believe you did this. I am a little intimidated at how to create teh frame. How would i go about collecting the materials you list on your post?

    Thx Chitra

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  17. leah says:

    hi! has the malibu chandeleir stuff been compromised? i can’t seem to view any of the pics or load the tutorials! i have the malinu chandelier but lost woven cord. serena and lily won’t let me purchase it separately so i was hoping to get some ideas here about to make it myself!

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  25. Stephanie says:

    Can you please tell me the overall size (overall hanging height and width) the of knock off Serena and Lily chandelier.


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