I am so excited to share this DIY floral wreath chandelier project with you!
The back story
A few years ago I created a simple but beautiful butterfly mobile for over my (at the time) soon-to-be-born daughter’s crib. I loved it! Buuuuut for those of you that know me or are getting to know me, you’re aware that I get bored easily. I admit it! However; I will say that there was more to it this time. There really was! Let me explain.
I had designed the mobile with her particular room in mind. I had hand painted a focal point on the wall behind her crib, and in the center of it was another DIY Hack that I will share with you in a future post. The dainty butterfly mobile was subtle enough to hang next to it all, and it look just right. Fast forward a few years… and another move came.
THE NEW HOME: There was literally NOWHERE to put her crib that wouldn’t force the other furniture into odd placement… except… in front of the darn window. THE WINDOW?! Not my favorite placement. I like the crib to be a focal point in a room. Meaning, the wall behind it is where the ‘wow’ piece is placed – That ‘just right’ item that draws your eye to it. What would I do with a window? Curtains?? Eehh. I needed a wow factor. The butterfly mobile just wasn’t cutting it… Too small in too much open space.
It seemed my only attainable option was to have something hang from the ceiling in it’s place. A piece with more pizazz. I had seen some pretty fabulous floral wreath mobiles in the past on Etsy that I quickly convinced myself would be THE perfect piece. After stalking every Etsy site with the mention of ‘mobile’ or ‘wreath’, I was unable to find one in the color scheme that I wanted. Not to mention that most were in the $150+ price range. As my saying goes… “If you can’t find it, make it!” Hence, this project was born. I didn’t have a tutorial to follow, so I just winged it. At the time I had no intention of sharing this project, so there are no pictures along the way. However; I am happy to share with you what I can recall! I hope it all makes sense. Here is what I did:
What you will need:
- Styrofoam wreath similar to this. Just pick the size you like.
- Ribbon of choice. (I used satin). The amount will vary depending on the size foam wreath you want to cover. Just make sure you have enough to tightly wrap the entire wreath. You will probably use more than you think, so get plenty.
- Clear fishing wire Optional. One small spool is plenty… You will be using very little. This is only needed if you are going to use the crystals.
- Faux flowers of choice. Enough to cover the outer side of the wreath.
- Hot glue gun/Hot glue
- Quilting pins
- Fray Check optional but HIGHLY recommended
- Clear Glass Beaded Chandelier Lamp Chain optional. I believe I ordered 2 of these.
- Crystal Garland strands with prism pendant accent (optional)
Step 1: You will need to wrap the foam with your ribbon, securing with hot glue every 3rd or 4th wrap. You will know if you need it more often or not. You want it nicely fitted. Continue this until the foam wreath is completely covered. Secure the last of the ribbon with hot glue and cut any excess ribbon off, making sure that the cut will end up on the outer side of the foam – as that area will not be visible once covered. You should now have a plain foam wreath completely covered tightly with ribbon.
Step 2: You need to measure and cut the ribbon that it will be hanging from. Let’s get to measuring.
*DO NOT CUT UNTIL YOU ARE DONE WITH C!*
A. Wrap ribbon around one side of the foam twice. Mark with your finger how much ribbon was used. Unwrap & measure. Write down. This is measurement A.
B. Measure how low you want it to hang from the ceiling. Due to the angle from which the ribbon will hang, it will not be going straight down (Please refer to the main picture if confused). Accommodate for that when measuring. This is measurement B.
C. Decide how you want to secure it at the top. Do you want to tie it in a pretty bow? Tie it in a single knot? Do you want ribbon hanging down the sides after the knot? Play with it a bit to see what you like best. Accommodate for your decision by adding the inches needed for it. This is measurement C.
Add Measurements A+B+C to come up with your total inches of ribbon needed. You will need to cut 2-4 pieces of ribbon this length. If you want it to hang from ribbon on two sides, cut 2 strips. If you prefer it hanging from ribbon on 4 sides like I did, cut 4 strips.
Step 3: Add your side ribbons. From the outside of the foam attach the ribbon with hot glue. MAKE SURE you attach the ribbon at it’s end with the excess moving upward, as you will wrap it over top and around first, NOT from underneath. Remember, the outside will be covered with flowers, so you want any visible inside area to be clean and pretty! Wrap the ribbon tightly around once, secure with hot glue. Wrap around one more time (directly one top), and secure with hot glue again. Do this same step with ribbons #2-4, directly across from this one (you want it placed in a + shape if you are securing 4 sides). Now you should have your foam covered tightly in ribbon, and the strips in which it will hang from the ceiling. Apply Fray check to the top edges of the ribbon. This is to keep the ribbon edge from fraying! Though it is optional, I highly recommend it. You can now tie it off at the top how you have planned, or you can wait until the very end to do this step. It’s completely up to you and won’t make a difference. I went ahead and did it b/c it was easier to work with while hanging (I hung it from a hanger so I could work underneath it).
Step 4 (OPTIONAL):
If you’d like ribbon hanging down from each ribbon base area (As I do here), measure out & cut how long you would like each strip to be. Next, secure it to the outer side (mid level) of the foam. I cut a v-shape out of the bottom of each ribbon piece (the easiest way to do this is to fold the ribbon in half and cut upward in a diagonal line from the end. Once it’s unfolded it forms this ‘v’ shape). Lastly, apply Fray Check to the cut edges.
Step 5 (OPTIONAL): If you choose to omit the crystals and glass beads, skip to step 6. If you’d like to add a little bling, let’s keep moving in step 5. Here is where I took my glass bead chain and played with the lay-out until I liked the way it looked. In between each bead is a wire that you can open. I would open and close, attaching to different links to get the design that I wanted. If you have excess, just open the link and remove it. You really just have to play with it. It’s all personal taste. I had mine looped around the edges, and then one long one hanging down the center that gathered the loops inward and upward at the base. Once you have the crystal chain set in the design of your liking, you will attach it to the wreath by looping clear fishing wire through the links and tying it tightly around the wreath. Make sure to double or triple knot it. (If you have OCD like me, you may end up knotting it 6 times). The fishing wire will be covered in the next step, so don’t obsess about it.
Step 6: Gather your faux flowers and take the stems off. Decide how you want them placed and hot glue them around the outer perimeter. Mine were pretty heavy so I enforced them with quilting pins pushed through the very center of each flower and into the wreath. Depending on the type of flower you are using, the petals should cover the pins.
YOU ARE DONE!!! Great job! Now sit back and admire your work of art!
I fell absolutely in love with mine! The crystal/glass beads reflect beautifully from the light through the window. The placement couldn’t have been more perfect!
If you have any questions about any of the steps, PLEASE feel free to ask in the comment section here and on my facebook page (And don’t forget to ‘LIKE’ me while there)! If you use my tutorial to make one of your own, please share pictures! I love to see what my readers are up to!