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close up Christmas Chandelier hanging over dining room table

Overview

Take your outdoor styling up a notch with this step-by-step guide to making a bespoke chandelier. This easy D.I.Y. project will turn heads and transform any gazebo or marquee into a show-stopping space. Unlock your creativity and make it your own, with foliage foraged from your own garden or neighbourhood.
 

Steps

1Gather your tools and materials

Below are all of the tools and materials you'll need to complete this project.
Tools and materials flat lay on deck including timber, green foliage, rope and paint

2Paint the timber

First, paint the piece of timber. This will form the structure of the chandelier. The colour is completely up to you - (we've opted for white). Put your safety equipment on and lay down a drop sheet. Use a steady side-to-side motion for an even spray. Leave to dry.
spray painting timber in white paint

3Assemble foliage

While the timber is drying, assemble the foliage. Start with the larger pieces first, grouping them together with the smaller ones. Get creative!
assembling foliage to make a christmas chandelier

4Attach arrangements

Attach your arrangements to the timber with the nylon fishing line. Wrap the fishing line around the timber and knot when the foliage is secure. Repeat this step until you reach the other end of the timber, or until you’re happy with the foliage coverage. You may need to use glue to secure longer pieces of foliage to the wood.

attaching your green foliage around timber

5Hang chandelier 

Loop rope around the timber and over the beam of your marquee or gazebo. You will need to secure both ends, as well as the centre of the chandelier. The length of the rope will depend on how high or low you want your chandelier to hang.
rope being tied  around timber

6Feeling creative ?

Design and decorate your chandelier with our wide range of foliage.
Christmas Chandelier hanging over dining room table

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.