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Simple Hanging Fall Wreath Chandelier Tutorial

I am still getting our apartment decorated for fall (because it’s still not too late, it’s not December yet!) So today I’m sharing an easy tutorial for making a hanging fall wreath chandelier.

Check this beauty out!

Fall Wreath Chandelier

We’re not supposed to hang wreaths or any decorations on the front door of our apartment, but I still wanted a fall wreath. So I made one, turned it on it’s side, and hung it right above my desk!

It’s gorgeous, I love the colors and the candles, and it was fairly simple to make! Also, I’m hoping that, since I used floral wire to hold the leaves etc. on, it will be easy to change out the decorations when I start decorating for winter. :-p

Here’s what you need to make your own:

  • a grapevine wreath
  • flowers, leaves, and accessories
  • votive candles and candle holders
  • 18 gauge wire
  • floral wire
  • silicone glue
  • 4 s-hooks
  • gold chain
  • ceiling hook

Start with a wreath form as a base

I went to Michaels and found an 18″ grapevine wreath in their floral section. I also found a fall garland and some tiny circular wreaths on sale, perfect! Plus I still had some leaves left over from my fall decor for under $5 project, so I was set.

Fall Wreath Chandelier Supplies

I’m not going to give detailed instructions as to how I put this wreath together because every wreath can be different (I don’t want to stifle your creative spirit!) But here are the basics.

Adding leaves and accessories

I started by wrapping the fall leaves garland around the outer edges of the wreath. Knowing that this fall wreath chandelier would be suspended above my desk, I tried to make sure that most of the decorations were on the outside/underside of the wreath. No one we know is tall enough to see the very top anyway!

In about five or six places around the wreath, I used floral wire to attach the garland to the wreath. You can also use hot glue, but I went with the wire so that I can take the wreath apart and reuse the grapevine base whenever I start decorating for winter. :-)

I used the same floral wire to add a few extra leaves, some little autumn beads, and some tiny wreaths to encircle the candle holders.

Fall Wreath Chandelier - Floral wire to hold on accessories

Attaching the candle holders

The trickiest part of this project is that I wanted candles on my fall wreath chandelier. Candles. With live flames. I had to make sure I could securely attach the candle holders so that the candles wouldn’t tip over or fall out and burn the whole place down. :-)

I called my dad and his advice was to use silicone glue to attach wire to the glass candle holders. Brilliant! Silicone glue is very strong, but the bond is flexible. If something jostles the wire attached to the glass, it won’t put strain on the glass and possibly crack or shatter it. Yay!

Silicone glue looks a bit like hot glue (clear and thick) but it dries flexible. And hot glue won’t actually work for this because, at least in my experience, it doesn’t stick to glass very well…

I put a thin line of silicone glue around the bottom of the candle holder, and then I wrapped about two feet of the 18 gauge wire around each one. I pulled the wire tight and twisted it to hold it steady; you are supposed to hold the pieces together for at least 5 minutes while the silicone glue starts to dry. It takes 24 hours to fully cure, but after about 10-15 minutes the glue was dry enough to attach the candle holders to the wreath.

Fall Wreath Chandelier - Securing the candle holders

Once the glue was dry, I set the candle holders inside the tiny wreaths, wrapped the wires around the underside of the grapevine wreath, and twisted them to secure it.

Fall Wreath Chandelier - Candle Holder

Fall Wreath Chandelier

Everything may look a bit precariously perched on this wreath, but if you picked it up and shook it the only thing that would fall off is a bunch of glitter! (And maybe the candles themselves, since they aren’t glued into the holders…)

Hanging the chandelier

I wanted a really durable and secure way to hang the wreath, so I wrapped more of the 18 gauge wire around the grapevine wreath base a few times in between each of the candle holders.

Fall Wreath Chandelier - Hanging Wire

Then I took some gold chain and cut it into three sections of equal length. I used s-hooks to attach one end of the chains to the sections of wire wrapped around the wreath.

Fall Wreath Chandelier - Hanging Wire

Then I took the other ends of all three chains, put them together on one more s-hook, and hung the whole thing from a ceiling hook above my desk. Done!

Fall Wreath Chandelier

Fall Wreath Chandelier

Fall Wreath Chandelier

Fall Wreath Chandelier

What do you think? Have you ever turned a wreath sideways? I really love the way it looks, and now I have decorations on this side of the room as well!

This picture from Martha Stewart was my inspiration for this project. I didn’t make tiny pumpkins into candle holders, but I love my version just as much!

 

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  1. That is crazy! I really want to make an Advent wreath, but I planned to put it out on a table–you’re brave to hang the candles! I never thought of doing something similar (sideways wreath with candles) just to be decorative for fall, but it’s so pretty. At the very least, you’ve given me confidence that I could probably make the Advent wreath. ^_^

    • Yeah, brave, or stupid. I tried to make sure to hang it high enough that the cats won’t be interested in it. The wire and glue is definitely strong enough to hold the candles on by themselves, but probably not if a cat jumped up there… :-) And you can definitely make an Advent wreath!

      • Some cat people friends of ours hang their Christmas tree from the ceiling; they use a series of wreaths. But they don’t usually put much other than lights on them since the cats still jump up and climb all over them. At least they’re not knocking a tree over when they do it, though. They had a good picture one year of the cats perched on the wreaths, swaying back and forth. ^_^

  2. Such a good idea! Im still working on my fall wreath… But if Im a very good girl I might be done by christmas, lol!

  3. This is a lovely idea. Thank you for the tutorial. Although I’d have to go flame-less, I’m just to clumsy LOL xo
    Katherines Corner recently posted..Tea Time

    • Lol! I was a bit worried about the flames with these mischievous cats we have, but so far they seem completely uninterested in it, so that’s good.

  4. Love your wreath chandelier! I’d like to invite you to share it at my party, Twirl & Take a Bow at http://www.houseontheway.com. Found you at the CHQ blog hop. I’m your newest follower on twitter.
    Leslie
    Leslie Stewart recently posted..Twirl & Take a Bow Party ~ #10

  5. Really creative! And I have a grapevine wreath in the garage! I am a new follower. I hope I can persuade you to come share at my Blog Fest http://fresh-eggs-daily.blogspot.com/2012/10/farm-girl-blog-fest-4.html

  6. What a great creation! I loved stopping by:)
    Thanks for linking up To Whimsy Wednesday!

    Kelly,
    Smart! School {House}
    http://www.smartschoolhouse.com
    Kelly at Smart! School {House} recently posted..Whimsy Wednesday Oct 16th

  7. That is so pretty! I love the hanging candles. Beautiful job – can you make me one :)
    Raquel recently posted..Did My First Conference Meet My Expectations?

  8. Your wreath looks great! What a smart idea to hang it horizontally versus the standard vertical. Great job.
    Shannah @ Just Us Four recently posted..Halloween Tulle Wreath

  9. So pretty! I would never even think of using a wreath this way!

  10. Love it!! you’ve got my vote ;-)

  11. Beautiful job! Great idea!

  12. this is very lovely! such a great idea.
    thanks for this interesting and amazing tutorial.

    have a wonderful day!

    visiting via katherin’es corner.

  13. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop. xo P.S. Have you entered my latest giveaway?
    Katherines Corner recently posted..Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop 58

  14. This is so pretty! I love it! I’m going to pin this to give a try sometime!

    I would love to invite you to post this over at my link party on The Purple Pumpkin Blog! Hope to see you there :)

    Michelle xoxo
    Michelle recently posted..Mummy Candle Jars {Crafty October}

  15. Wow – so creative!! And so pretty!! Thanks for visiting and linking up at Romance on a dime. I’m pinning this.
    Betsy @ Romance on a Dime recently posted..Day 22: Wood Floor Cleaner – 2 recipes!

  16. Wow, this turned out lovely! Would love it if you linked up on my blog hop http://www.w-t-fab.com/search/label/bloghop. Also let me know if you’d like to follow each other!
    Elise recently posted..Homemade pumpkin spice lattes

  17. Thank you for your bloggy friendship and for sharing your wonderful blog at Thursday Favorite Things xo
    Katherines Corner recently posted..Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop 59

  18. What a great looking chandy you made. I’m loving it.
    Hope you visit me from Katie’s blog hop. I hopped on over from her post.
    Thanks, Helen
    Helen recently posted..Home Goods Really Has Christmas Decor –Helen’s Decor

  19. Kelli at Swing Shift Mama says:

    I just love this and it is WAY more budget-friendly than similar items for sale would be! I shared this and one of your other projects on my Some Kind of Wonderful Saturday Party! I hope you stop by and share more of your projects. They are just amazing! I know I will definitely be back. Not only do I love your projects, but they actually fit in my tiny craft budget!

  20. I love this! I wasn’t sure how to get the candles to stay on but now I know! I can’t wait to make one. Thank you for sharing this! :)
    Marti recently posted..Saturday SHOW-licious Craft Showcase #7

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