My Homemade Orb Chandelier!

I am in love with these orb chandeliers.  I bet you are too.

When I keep focusing in on something, I realize that I really love it and would love to have it in my home...but always I want it the cheapest way possible...if I can find the space for it.
Initially, my deep kitchen window held a table lamp. Then I made this hanging basket light. We have ceiling can lights and this light is mainly ambient lighting. Then I remembered that I had this tiny orb from Hobby Lobby...That got the ball rolling!
I also knew I had a tiny three light chandelier. If I could marry the two, I could have my Orb Chandelier! Yeah!
Well here it is! I had to drill a hole in the orb for the wiring to come out the top and a tiny hole for the crystal at the bottom. I had to take apart the chandelier to be able to fit it into the orb. It was a challenge to put it back together with my short fingers, but I did it.
Who knew that I would use my 1970's macrame skills again. I used jute and tied the half knot that automatically twists over the cord. This orb hangs from a hook in the window ceiling and drapes across the side of the window...
This leads to a plug-in outlet that has a timer and it's the perfect ambient lighting at night.

After I put the chandelier inside the orb, I realized that I needed to paint the white fixture a gray color to better match the orb. I just used a small brush and dabbed on gray chalk paint. Then sealed it with spray on sealer.
I know it's small but it packs a punch and looks so cute!
Goes to show, if there is a WILL there is a WAY!
Since this posting, a valued follower of Forever Decorating! graciously brought to my attention that my stained glass window hanging behind the new orb light was competing.

I took it down and she was so right. Thanks for the fresh eyes and the guts to tell me.

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  1. This looks awesome.. Yes, I love those orb lights and for you to make your own... Kuddo's to you.. Awesome job!
    Please join me at my blog and my newest projects. Thanks again for sharing.

  2. I love your chandelier! You are so creative!

  3. GIRL !!! get a pen and paper and take down my address .. SO YOU can ship it to ME !!!! LOL love love love it. YOU did an amazing job. Sherry @ The Rusty Pearl

  4. How adorable! Kudos on using what you already had! Love it!

  5. How adorable! Kudos on using what you already had! Love it!

  6. Well…you were really determined and it paid off - very cute!!

  7. FABULOUS job! Love it!

    Judi in the UK

  8. Such a great idea, I love it! Thanks for sharing at the Vintage Inspiration Party this week.

  9. Loving it! Especially evening shot- so cozy!

  10. It looks like RH junior! I love it, and that you married two things you already had around. So glad you came to Revisionary Life Thrifty Life Thursday Linky! Have a great Thursday. :)

  11. It's perfect for the space and so creative! But, given your design, there is no reason you can't go larger whenever you want to, if you can find the right components. I so admire people with skills like yours -- you are so fearless too!

  12. This turned out great! I never get tired of the orb chandeliers! I made one, too.


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