Chandelier Candle Cover Tutorial
Accessories for a chandelier?!
Why of course!! I’m constantly working on chandeliers every week in addition to my other fun projects. This week I sold this darling chandelier in my Etsy shop. I love it when clients think outside the normal offerings of my shop and allow me to create custom chandeliers just for them and their space.
This week’s chandy has been upcycled from a brass 5-light fixture which has been painted Green Apple and customized with turquoise seed bead candle covers. The glammed up candle covers cost all of $6 to complete and if you’ve already got a refinished chandelier in your home, it will definitely customize it to the next level!
First you’ll need to gather your supplies. Gather your the candle sleeves you already have on a chandelier or purchase new ones on the cheap from Amazon.com, Lowes, or HomeDepot. If new candle covers are longer than your exisitng sleeves use a power saw to chop to the correct length. You’ll also need some clear mono-filament, seed beads in your desired color, and hot glue gun.
Start placing your seed beads onto your mono-filament line. You’ll need a LOT of beads to cover your entire candle sleeve so keep on beading, and beading..and well I think you get it. The photo below shows how long you’ll need for about 1/2 of your candle sleeve…so it will take you awhile.
Once you have enough beads on your strand tie a double knot with the mono-filament to the last bead. This will be your starting point. I like to leave the other end attached to the spool. I never know if I’ll need a few more or a few less beads by the time I get to the end, so I wait to tie this last. Keeping it attached to the spool will keep your beads from flying off while you are working from the other end.
Apply a line of glue around the entire base of your candle sleeve and carefully start attaching the strand, making sure there are no “gaps” between beads, especially in the glued portions!
Once the first row is completely glued you can continue wrapping the strand around your candle cover. I add a small amount of hot glue a couple times throughout the sleeve to keep the beads in place as I go, but the majority of glue is on the ends and beginnings. Continue wrapping until you get to the other end of your candle sleeve. Finish it off by tying a knot at the other end and gluing all the way around the last row to hold the beads in place.
And that’s it! For a little money and a little time you can definitely jazz up any chandelier you find at the thrift store or flea market into a new shabby chic fixture. And don’t just stop with beads. I often use jute cording to white and cream chandeliers to maximize the shabby chic design of the chandelier.