Anna says: I never thought I’d be excited about this, but I’m giggling like a craft lord in Hobby Lobby. After starting this site with the intention of NEVER printing a DIY, I’ve recognized the error of my ways, particularly because I realized that our creative, smart Lindsey would do them for me! (And because I also realized that just because I don’t like something doesn’t mean that other people share the same opinion, especially if we created DIY projects that were very in keeping with our sleek style. We’re sorry, burlap.) As the saying goes: those who can’t do get others who like doing to do it for them. Or something.
With DIY, our goals are always the same: to provide you with a great idea, that’s interesting, cost-effective, and easy. BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT’S DIY SHOULD BE. So here’s what Lindsey came up with, and we think it’s really cool. So cool, in fact, that two girls asked her where she bought it as she carried it through her apartment complex to take photographs. And it’s very in keeping with our urban week; what’s more urban that a funked up bike?
If you have any questions, ask us in the comments!
Supplies and Tools:
– Bike Wheel (I found the bike wheel at a bike shop and was able to take an old rusty rim off of their hands for a whopping $5!)
– Battery Operated Lights (I got mine at Pottery Barn because I was in a bit of a jam. I paid $18.00 for mine, but you can find battery operated light packs online for much cheaper than that. )
– Gold Paint (or color of your choice)
– Leather Strips (I found mine at Hobby Lobby for $6.00)
– Waxed Thread (Hobby Lobby again, $4.00)
– Paint Brushes
– Chain to hang chandelier (I found it much easier to get a hanging garden basket ($7.00) and use that chain instead of creating my own.)
I paid a little under $50 for everything.
To get started, begin with painting the ends of the feathers. You can leave them plain, but I found that the extra shimmer made the finished piece look a little more sparkly, tied together, and less DIY.
While they are drying, you can move onto lighting the wheel. Attach the battery pack to the inside of the wheel. I used a strip of Velcro so that I could easily pull the pack off later for battery changes.
Next, string the lights around the spokes.
By now your feathers should be dry. Stack two feathers and strip of leather together. Tie a knot around their ends with the waxed thread to secure everything and then wrap the remaining thread as so.
Make one of these for each spoke on your wheel. Tie the tail of leather to each spoke and trim remaining leather once secured. This step is the bulk of the project. It isn’t that it is difficult to do, it just takes a while. I’d say it took me about 40 minutes to tie them all up.
Once you have all of your feathers tied up, unhook your chain from the garden basket and simply hook it up to your chandelier.
Now hang up and enjoy! The beauty of this chandelier is that it can be used anywhere: outdoor weddings, garden bridal showers. No plugs or outlets to worry about.