Knockoff DIY Chandelier

See how you can do your own knock-off DIY chandelier inspired by Restoration Hardware.  All you need is some rope and glue to get started.  Read below to see how Jordin from I Love That pulled it off.

Rope Wrapped Chandelier Tutorial

Submitted By I Love That

Hi my name is Jordin from the blog I Love That! I am constantly thinking a new ways to redecorate my house on a budget and rearranging it has become a hobby. I throw in my obsession for fashion and hunting for bargains too.

Here are some other projects I’ve done: Buffet Makeover, Bathroom Makeover


Inspiration image

This has been the longest project ever. I mean normally my projects take along time but this was ridiculous. It really wasn’t all my fault, I underestimated how much jute cording this little project would take. Silly me thought 5 six foot spools from Wal-Mart would give me a good start, which it did. The problem was that Wal-Mart took their sweet time restocking the jute cord and when they did, it was two at a time. That was getting me no where, so I searched online for the Simplicity Jute Cord at other Wal-Mart’s and it turned up nothing. Finally, I found similar cord on in 10 yard spools. Four spools later, I was done!
So back to the chandelier, a long time ago I was in the sale room at Anthropologie and saw this awesome chandelier made of rope. I then saw some similar ones at Restoration Hardware.


Restoration Hardware


Existing Chandelier

So a light bulb went off (sorry), I can do that with my boring, came with the house, wrought iron chandelier in my dining room.

Materials that I used for my DIY chandelier

E6000 Glue
Jute Cording
Clips (to hold cord in place)
So I got to wrapping…


Here are a few tips for those of you wanting to give it a try

  • I tried not to cut the cord so I wasn’t piecing them together mid way.
  • Use clips or clothes pins to hold the end in place while the glue dries
  • You don’t need a ton of glue. I would line one side with glue then wrap the cord tight around the arm of the chandelier. The glue would spread itself around all sides of the arm.
  • Pace yourself. I thought this would be a quick and easy project. I ended up doing it in sections because I would get tired.


Here is how it turned out


Now I am thinking my dining room needs a new wall color. Grey or White, maybe?

See what other people did to their DIY chandeliers by just clicking the image.

diy chandelier 1diy chandelier painted white and pinkdiy chandelier wine glass

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I am the husband of the amazing Cassity of Remodelaholic. I love to problem solve and to design and build things inside and outside the house to make life better. I am a professional Landscape Architect by trade and love the outdoors.

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  1. You stole the idea right outta my head! haha…no joke, I have loved this RH light for so long and had a similar idea for my living room. I guess “you snooze, you loose”, lol. Amazing transformation – Love it Cassity! xo Jenna

  2. I love this idea! I HATE my brass chandelier and am looking for a non-paint makeover fix (we rent). I mentioned this link on my blog to remind me that I should try it.

    Thank you for posting!

  3. You have no idea how excited I am that I found your blog! I recently picked up a chandelier at a bargain price and was looking for some inspiration on what to do with it. I am a Rope-a-holic so this project is right up my alley. Yours turned out beautiful! Thank you for the inspiration!

  4. This is EXACTLY what my hideous chandelier needs!! You made my day!! I’ve been holding onto a circa 1974 (but not in a good way) punched tin chandelier – need I say more – mostly because of the sentimental value but this is going to give it new life. Thank you!! If I can make a tiny suggestion on your fabulous dining room…if you lower your chandelier about a foot it will really show it off and you’ll get lovelier light in the entire room. What colour did you end up doing on the walls?

    1. Hi Jean! Thanks for the comment — this is a post from a guest so you’ll have to click over there (linked up toward the top of the post) and see the finished room there. Thanks!

  5. This looks great! I am going to try it on a candlelabra that I think need helpl Might try a smaller gauge rope.

  6. Looks great! It’s been years since you originally posted thus, but do you know what size cord you used? It looks like you may have even used 2 sizes. Thank you!