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Try this Renter Friendly Fabric Chandelier (DIY of course!)


Learn how to create a stunning DIY fabric chandelier for your rental home or apartment with a step-by-step guide.

Hey there friend!

Are you looking for easy ways to update your rental? Today, I’m thrilled to share a fabulous tutorial to help you add a touch of charm and personality to your space with a DIY chandelier!

Whether you’re looking to brighten up your rental or simply craving a fun project to tackle, I’ve got you covered. Let’s dive in!

If you are new here, howdy! I’m a retired military spouse who moved back to Texas after being gone for 19 years.

I perfected the art of rental decorating and overcoming challenges in small spaces for over fifteen years but now am tackling homeownership with a new set of challenges!

Our family of four lived in some of the most beautiful coastal towns in the US and Japan which have influenced my colorful and global style with DIYs and furnishings in our one-story 60’s ranch-style home in Fort Worth.

How to Make a Renter Friendly Fabric Chandelier

Once, we had UFO-looking lights in our rental. Usually, I would just remove them and hang a different light fixture.  These lights, however, were stuck up there after the ceiling was painted before the paint finished curing, so they were a little more permanent. 🙂  

We were at least able to change the light bulbs.  So I thought of a way to hang a chandelier around the light fixture, spending less than 10 dollars, and temporary! Hurray!! 

So whether you have a pot light, boob light, or flying saucer light that needs a quick temporary update this easy DIY Fabric Chandelier will definitely make it more aesthetically pleasing.

A DIY fabric chandelier hanging from a ceiling fixture, adding charm to the room.
DIY Fabric Chandelier

Supplies for a DIY fabric chandelier:

  • Florist wire wreath
  • White fabric
  • White Spray Paint
  • Hot Glue
  • White Thread
  • Screw-in hooks
Steps for Fabric Chandelier

How to assemble fabric chandelier:

Paint the wire wreath white: Start by giving your wreath a fresh coat of paint to ensure it blends seamlessly with your fabric.

Tips for Spray Painting Anything!

  • Dust off the piece with a damp cloth and let dry.
  • Use a drop cloth and paint in a well-ventilated area (like outside!).
  • Always read the directions on the spray can.
  • Spray long and even strokes with the spray can holding it about 8-12 inches away.  A couple of light coats are better than full coverage all at once to prevent drips.
  • Sand drips and touch up if necessary.
  • Let dry. Wait a few days for the paint to fully cure before placing anything on it if it’s a surface that gets used a lot.

Cut fabric strips: Fold your fabric and cut strips about an inch wide for efficiency.

Wrap the fabric: Pull the ends of your fabric strips through the wire wreath, secure with hot glue, and fold the flap over to hold it in place. Repeat until your wreath is adorned with fabric.

Optional tiers: Feeling fancy? Take advantage of the different layers of wire to add depth to your chandelier.

Hang it up: Attach your fabric masterpiece to the ceiling around the existing light fixture using screw-in hooks.

Finishing touches: Gather the tail ends of your fabric and tie them off with white thread or a fabric scrap for a polished look.

A DIY fabric chandelier hanging from a ceiling fixture, adding charm to the room in coastal chic style.
Renter Friendly Temporary Chandelier

In conclusion, transforming your rental flush light into a stunning fabric chandelier is a fun and creative way to add personality and charm to your space. With just a few simple materials and some DIY know-how, you can easily cover up that unsightly fixture and create a beautiful focal point in any room.

Dear Renter,

If you're like me, you know that making a rental space feel like home sometimes requires a bit of creativity. One area you might overlook when sprucing up your place is the ceiling lights. But fear not! I've got you covered with these five renter-friendly ceiling light makeover ideas that will instantly brighten up your space without risking your security deposit.

1. Swap Out the Fixture Cover:
Start by replacing the standard fixture cover with something that reflects your style. Look for easy-to-install options like clip-on shades or magnetic covers. You can find a variety of designs, from classic to quirky, to suit any taste. Whether you prefer a sleek modern look or a vintage vibe, changing the cover can make a big difference in how your ceiling light complements your decor.

2. Add a Statement Pendant Light:
Elevate your space with a statement pendant light that hangs from the ceiling. Opt for styles that don't require hardwiring, like plug-in pendants or those with adhesive hooks. These lights come in various shapes, sizes, and materials, allowing you to personalize your space without drilling holes or dealing with complicated installations. Plus, when you move, you can take your stylish pendant light with you to your new place!

3. Install Removable Light Panels:
If you're craving a pop of color or pattern, consider installing removable light panels over your existing ceiling light. These panels come in peel-and-stick or magnetic options, making them easy to apply and remove without damaging the surface underneath. Choose from a range of designs, from geometric patterns to nature-inspired motifs, to add visual interest to your room's overhead lighting.

4. Hang a Decorative Mobile or Chandelier:
For a whimsical touch, hang a decorative mobile or mini chandelier from your ceiling light fixture. These lightweight accessories can be hung using removable adhesive hooks or temporary ceiling hooks, allowing you to create a focal point without making permanent changes to your rental. Whether you prefer boho chic or glam elegance, a dangling mobile or chandelier can add charm and personality to any room.

5. DIY Fabric Ceiling Light Cover:
Get crafty and make your own fabric ceiling light cover to customize your space on a budget. All you need is some fabric of your choice, a hoop or frame, and adhesive or clips to attach the fabric to the fixture. This DIY project is easy to customize to match your decor theme, whether you're going for a shabby chic look with lace fabric or a modern vibe with geometric patterns. Plus, it's easy to remove when it's time to move out.

There you have it, five renter-friendly ceiling light makeover ideas to brighten up your space and add a personal touch to your rental home. Remember, with a little creativity and resourcefulness, you can transform your ceiling lights without leaving a mark. Happy decorating!


Lamp Makeover Ideas

Explore a realm of endless possibilities when it comes to lamp makeovers. Whether you're looking to add a touch of vintage charm, embrace the cozy farmhouse aesthetic, go boho with vibrant patterns, or infuse a coastal vibe, there's a lamp makeover idea for every style.

Delve into a collection of creative lamp transformations and discover the perfect way to brighten up your space while adding a personal touch to your decor. Get ready to be inspired and unleash your inner decorator!

So why settle for boring when you can add some flair with this easy and budget-friendly project? Give it a try and watch as your space transforms from drab to fab in no time!

Try out this beautiful DIY wood bead chandelier or a gorgeous tassel chandelier. Looking for more rental-friendly ideas?  Check out these DIYs and decorating tips.

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  1. How amazing!! I love the way it accentuates your livingroom 🙂 Thank you for sharing!

    1. Thanks Nancy!! I think I’m going to add more fabric and make it fuller. I’m keeping my eye out for more scraps. lol

  2. This is lovely and there are so many possibilities with the type of fabric! I would add “screw-in hooks” to your supply list at the beginning.

    I really like your living room, my couch is a similar color. Could you please share where you got the rug and coffee table?

    Thanks for an inspiring tutorial!


    1. Thanks for the suggestion, I added hooks to my supply list. 🙂 If you are talking about our family room (with the fabric chandelier) the rug came from a daily deals web site like One Kings Lane and the coffee table was from walmart a million years ago and I upholstered and painted it. The living room rug (gray and white) came from Rugsusa.com and you can still find it there. The coffee table was a rescue piece of furniture from Habitat for Humanity. 😉 You can read about it here.

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