DIY Fabric Chandelier

This morning I’m excited to welcome lovely Emilia of Sweet Emilia Jane (and part of the genius behind this gorgeous Inspired Creations Contest entry you all loved so much) to The Sweetest Occasion! Emilia is sharing a beautiful little DIY project from her recent wedding. Thanks for sharing, Emilia, and congratulations!

Fabric is playing a big part in our big day. Jamie of A Desert Fete designed an incredible, elaborate invitation suite for us that combined beige linen and blue and white striped (for a bit of a nautical touch) fabric. I bought a few extra yards and plan to incorporate it throughout the wedding decor as tablecloths, backdrops, etc. After seeing this baby shower from Lollipop Events and Design I knew I wanted to try my hand at a couple fabric chandeliers as well. I took a little bit of a different approach with mine as I wanted to create a more classic chandelier shape.

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Materials:
- One (1) Small and One (1) Large Embroidery Loop
- A variety of fabrics cut into strips of different size widths and a little longer than the preferred length of the chandelier {I used six (6) 1″ strips of the blue and white, ten (10) 1/2″ strips of the linen and five (5) pieces of sparkly lace}
- Ribbon
- String, twine or ribbon for hanging
- Fishing Wire
- Crimping bead (can be found in the jewelry supply section of a craft store)
- Pliers
- Hot glue gun and glue
- Scissors

I think this project would be easier with a buddy – maybe your fiance or someone in the wedding party. I definitely could have used some help making sure everything was even and holding things in place.

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1. To begin, heat up your hot glue gun. Unscrew the embroidery loops and carefully bend the metal pieces back flat against the wood loop to keep them out of the way. Glue the wood of the loop together so it stays in place.

2. Decide on the pattern in which you would like your fabric to be around the loops. Glue the ends of the fabric pieces to the inside of the small loop (remember…the glue is HOT!)

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3. Glue your ribbon or twine to the small loop in order to hang it making sure to keep each piece evenly spaced. I used six (6) pieces of 3′ pieces of twine.

4. I found it easiest to hang the chandelier from a hook in my kitchen in order to complete the next steps. Tie a knot in your twine or ribbon leaving about 6-8″ of length from the small loop to the knot.

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5. Have your project buddy hold the loop so you can decide how low you would like your middle portion to be. With your friend still holding the loop, hold the fabric strips straight down from the small loop and glue to the outside of the large loop. Continue all the way around until each fabric strip is firmly attached.

6. Next carefully glue your ribbon around the outside of both loops. Once you complete the loop, fold the end piece over and glue in place so that there is not a fraying or messy cut.

7. Cut a generous length of fishing line. Tie the line securely around the hanging fabric pieces a little lower than where you want your bottom portion to hang. You may have to untwist the fabric pieces so they hang straight and evenly. Carefully thread the line through the center of the knot you just made and then up through the top of the chandelier. Pull the line until the bottom of your chandelier makes a little bubble shape.

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8. This part is a little tricky. Thread the fishing line through the crimping bead. Holding onto the bead, wrap the line around the twine below your knot. Re-thread the end of the line through the crimping bead and pull the bead tight next to the twine. Make sure your bubble is still the shape you want it to be. Using your pliers, squeeze the bead so that it “crimps” around the line to keep it secure. Cut any extra line being careful not to cut the line that is holding your chandelier shape in place.

9. Carefully pull the fabric pieces on the bottom so that your bubble shape looks even all the way around.

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10. Cut any extra fishing line at your bottom knot and tie some ribbon around the line to hide it.

11. Cut the bottoms of the ribbon and fabric pieces so they all hang at the same length.

12. To hang my chandelier, I just took some more fishing line and, using my crimping beads and pliers again, tightly secured a line from the house to the fence. You may have to tie the chandelier to the line first (I just tied my twine in a bow) so that you can tell how heavy it will be on the fishing line.

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Notes: Though I like the shape very much, my chandelier came out a little on the long side. Again, having a project partner might have helped me see the length better while I was working but I think it will still look awesome hanging in the tent over the head tables. Now I just have to get to work on a 2nd one!

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Guest Post – Sweet Treats with Dog n Bird

By this point, my love for sweets and goodies is well documented so it seems to fitting to welcome the lovely Bird of Dog ‘n Bird Artful Wedding to share her picks for fun and unique wedding dessert ideas. Without further ado, I’ll turn it over to Bird…

Hello! I’m Bird. Cyd inspires me each day with her beauty and exquisite ideas. I’m delighted to be contributing to The Sweetest Occasion! Today I’m going to knock you a little sugar, serving up 11 high-impact treats to serve alone or create a memorable dessert buffet.

dessert-favori-ideas-pink-marshmallowsA modern take on the classics: Mini pink snowballs and pink meringue butterfly kisses. A fun update to the macaron, these sugar smooches are romantic served in rose petals. XOXO cookies would be adorable piled on vintage cake stands. Jello tarts with tiny strawberry kisses inside round out the love.

melon-balls-pistachiosMini melon balls are eco-friendly inside a lime; a colorful spray of tiny macarons.

smores-mustache-cupcakesBunnies make you feel happy when you see them. Mustache-topped chocolate cupcakes are a perfect compliment to the ‘stache trend. Keep it high-end with mini tiramisu. For a taste of summer, offer s’mores pops or strawberry shortcake shooters.

I am loving all of these ideas! They are perfect for a wedding, but would be equally fabulous for a great birthday party, backyard bbq or shower, too. Thanks, Bird! I’m so thrilled to have you visit The Sweetest Occasion! xoxo

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Summer Inspiration Board with Postcards and Pretties

Our next guest post is from the immensely talented Chris of Postcards and Pretties. I love the gorgeous inspiration boards and post after post of inspiring details on Postcards and Pretties so it’s a pleasure to welcome Chris to The Sweetest Occasion. A huge thank you, Chris, for offering up this gorgeous inspiration board for us today!

Hi…I’m Chris from Postcards and Pretties and I’m so honored and excited to be a guest on The Sweetest Occasion. Today I would like to share with you fun inspiration board with a delicious palette of grapefruit and yellow banana ideal for a sweet summer backyard wedding.
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{season} summer
{colors} grapefruit, yellow & white
{photos} ribbon wand {project wedding} lanterns {a diary of lovely} favor box {instyle weddings} streamer background/couple {martha stewart weddings} smoothie pops {country living} cake {oh joy} centerpiece {martha stewart weddings} striped dress/lemonade {jordan ferney} bouquet {martha stewart weddings} bride {leo patrone}

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Guest Post – Summer Inspiration with Forget Me Knot Weddings

This afternoon it’s my pleasure to introduce Megan from Forget Me Knot Weddings where she shares gorgeous real weddings and beautifully inspiring wedding details and ideas. Today she’s sharing three incredible inspiration boards that have me in the mood for a bit of summer entertaining. I bet you’ll agree. Take it away, Megan, and thanks for sharing your beautiful inspiration with us!

Hi everyone! First off I want to thank Cyd for inviting me to guest blog while she is away celebrating her first anniversary! The Sweetest Occasion is one of my daily reads so I am thrilled to be contributing! I wanted to gather inspiration you can use for a wedding, event or really any celebration! With it being summer time and the outdoors being on my mind, I put together a few nature-inspired event boards.

Honey Bee Brunch
Color Palette: Honey, Birch, Vanilla, Cream
honey-bee-yellow-summer-wedding-ideasImage credits {dress, bee card, honeycomb, tea cup, shoes, honey jars, necklace}

Butterfly Garden Party
Color Palette: Olive, Gold, Turquoise, Pink
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Image credits {dress, escort cards, butterfly cards, dresser}

Owl’s Nest Celebration
Color Palette: Moss, Walnut, Forest Green
rustic-brown-white-owl-theme-weddingImage credits {bottles, barn, groom, invitation, centerpiece, bride, cake, birch flowers}

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Summery Inspiration Shoot with Marry You Me

This morning’s guest blogger, Annie Packman of Marry You Me, really needs no introduction. She’s an incredibly talented blogger with a great editorial eye and today I’m honored to have her share her very first styled inspiration shoot on The Sweetest Occasion!

I am so thrilled/honored/ecstatic to be guest posting here on The Sweetest Occasion today! When Cyd asked me to do a guest post, I promised her I would cook up something good. I’d been dying to do my own styled photo shoot for a while, and this seemed like the perfect place to make my debut!

I love inspiration boards. Love them to pieces. They can be an amazing tool in planning your wedding or event, a way to help you clarify your theme and show your vendors what you have in mind. That said, sometimes people struggle to translate them from a simple board into a cohesive event. Do you go super literal with them, or what?? With this in mind, I set out to show how you can take cues from an inspiration board without driving yourself mad trying to replicate every little detail in the board. Because who wants to do something that’s already been done? Exactly. Not you.

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I started with an inspiration board that jumped out at me the second I saw it, this country chic board by Sofia of Brancoprata. I loved the idea of a country chic theme – it was neither too farm-y nor too stuffy, but had a hint of elegance with a vintage twist. And the colors were my initial palette, but I wasn’t scared to deviate from them. I teamed up with some amazingly talented local Bend, Oregon vendors for the shoot – Nickol Hayden-Cady of Enlightened Patisserie made some amazing macarons, tarts, and a rustic meringue covered cake, and Benjamin Edwards of Benjamin Edwards Photography took the awesome pictures.

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I found these adorable honeycomb themed invites via Download and Print, an amazing resource for free invitation downloads. I thought that they fit a country theme perfectly, while still being elegant.

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Sticking with the country theme and playing off of the invitation, jars of fresh honey stacked on a cake plate served as yummy and sweet favors for guests. Some jars had fabric lids, some had twine ties, and some were plain for a little variety.

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For the guest book table, I wanted to do something a little different. I took an old wood shutter and painted it, then rubber stamped a sign that read ‘drop us a line’ and tucked it into a frame. Guests could write on some vintage (unused) postcards, then tuck them into the shutter. After the wedding you can use it at home for mail, pictures, or notes.

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The antique dessert table (actually my desk) held the beehive dispenser, silverware caddy, favors and yummy macarons, rhubarb tarts, and honey, peach and marscapone tarts made by Enlightened Patisserie.

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A meringue cake topped with some dogwood flowers picked from a nearby tree was the centerpiece, along with pots of dainty white flowers tucked into galvanized containers.

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For place cards, manila tags were rubber stamped and put into antique fork place card holders.  Vintage plates and silver mixed with new (but old looking) pressed glass goblets and colorful bowls to complete the place setting.

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Absolutely gorgeous, right? Thank you so much for sharing, Annie! I love seeing how you brought this beautiful inspiration to life.

Vendors:
Photography by Benjamin Edwards of Benjamin Edwards Photography
Event design/concept/flowers by Annie Packman of Marry You Me
Desserts by Nickol Hayden-Cady of Enlightened Patisserie
Invitations via Download and Print

{Photos by Benjamin Edwards Photography.}

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