Storybook-inspired Vintage Crystal Candelabra DIY (VIDEO)

Well met, everyone, and welcome back to the blog! I’m so excited today, because I’ve uploaded my first video on my YouTube channel! My video showed how I made over a crafts-store candle holder into a vintage-inspired crystal candelabra.

My inspiration for this DIY experiment came from Lulu Sapphire‘s videos on YouTube. Her style seems to be French Baroque inspired with a whimsical touch, with many of her videos inspired by Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Personally, I love the combination of bronze and crystal; the bronze gives an antique feel to it—like the piece has a long, fantastical history behind it—while the crystals give a bit of a glamorous touch. What I also love about this type of project is that you can really make it your own, using different colors or crystals to achieve the look you want. Here’s how I made over this candelabra into a piece that fit the aesthetic I was going for.

I bought my candelabra from Michaels (if this isn’t it, then it’s very similar to it), and because I like warmer metallics like copper or antique gold, I used bronze spray paint (I used this type) to make it the color I wanted. I then ordered crystal strands from Amazon, as well as 38mm (1.5 inch) teardrop pendants. A word of friendly warning: it can be a bit tricky working with the small crystal pieces and connectors, but be patient, and you’ll get to where you want.

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Those of you who follow my Instagram may find this similar to my sneak peek photo!

To keep everything from slipping off the candelabra, I took five links from the crystal strands and linked them together to form a ring. These rings would go around each of the candle holders to hold the strands and pendants in place.

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This picture is getting a little ahead, but it shows how the crystal rings work. It should be noted that at the very last minute, I changed the topmost ring from five crystals to four, but that was at the very last minute, so I didn’t get that on camera.

After I connected all the rings, I then worked on the strands. The strands I used come with connectors that remind me of staples, and the pendants come with jump rings, so I added the jump rings to the strands in order to thread the strands through the connectors. I left one connector open in between where the strands connected, because that’s where I’d connect the teardrop pendants.

 

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This picture shows the technique I had for the strands and the pendants.

After I finished all the strands, I then added one extra octagonal crystal to each of the teardrop pendants that would go on the arms of the candelabra (I left the teardrops that would go on the topmost ring as they were). Then, I attached the pendants to the rings in the same way as I did the strands.

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After I added the teardrop pendants to the topmost candle holder, I called the project complete! I’m so happy with how this turned out, and I’d love to see your take on this project! If you want to see the finished result, please check out my YouTube video!

Thank you so much for watching! Until next time, stay magical, everyone!

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