Y’all know I love me some bling and sparkle, and it is a truly easy DIY to add crystals to a chandelier. Now, I will preface this by saying that for my tutorial to work, your chandelier arms/parts have to be metal so that magnets will stick to it.
Go quickly grab a magnet and test it out…I’ll wait.
Adding Crystals to a Light Fixture
You might be thinking, “Wouldn’t a chandelier already have crystals?” and I guess you could technically be right, but some light fixtures are called chandeliers and don’t have crystals.
Confusing, I know. But what home decor item isn’t made better with a little bit of sparkle?
I love, love, LOVE my home office, and this was the one space I was adamant about getting a light fixture that had acrylic/lucite and gold…on a budget. Sacrifices had to be made to stick to my chic on the cheap lighting budget while building this house, and I chose this chandelier for a mere $189:
Honestly, I adore it, it was perfectly fine as it was, but I couldn’t resist trying to bling it out some more. This shouldn’t surprise you all if you’re longtime readers.
I started researching add-on crystals for chandeliers, and I came upon these magnetic chandelier prisms. Totally loved the concept; totally hated the price. I mean, $30 for three? I’d likely
need want at least three sets, which would put me at nearly $100. (For the record, that’s almost half the cost of what I paid for the light fixture in the first place!)
Not. Gonna. Happen.
Being the thrifty maven I am, I found a better, cheaper, more custom solution that came in at about $30 all in. I even had a TON of crystals left over to fully deck out my Christmas tree in my master bedroom, so this means you could feasibly deck out two chandeliers for $30.
This DIY does require a bit of trial and error to get the spacing right for the crystal strands, but it shouldn’t take you more than half an hour. The longest part will be waiting for your Amazon Prime order with your supplies to get in (but a few of the items qualify for free one-day shipping, so yay!)
Let’s bling it out.
And if you end up super tired of it, it’s easy to take it off. You can always use the crystals for Christmas or holiday decorations.
What I love about projects like this is that you can quickly make an impact on a whole space for not too much money. While I love my very involved, intricate DIY projects just as much, there’s immense satisfaction in getting something done fast so I can get back to cuddling with Pee Wee and watching Gilmore Girls.