DIY – Pompom Chandelier

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Just before Christmas, I posted about making a DIY Pompom Wreath. That’s when I realised how fun pompoms are – it’s in the name! They are fun, easy and quick to make, and look so playful! I did make pompoms previously for all sorts of other purposes, but when I had to make couple dozen for the Christmas wreath, I fell in love with the idea of a pile of pompoms. It was so cool to have many pompoms, that I’ve decided to make something else, using a pile of pompoms. This wonderful chandelier was the result!

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As usual, when making something for my kids’ room, I have the challenge of creating it in unisex colours, as my boy and girl share a room. I often go for neutral colours, greys, whites, beige… But when I went to Fasouliotis (local yarn shop), yarn was available in so many vibrant colours, it would a pity to forgo such an opportunity. So I went for loud yellow, raspberry pink, soft blue and quieter tones of grey and white.
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For a chandelier like this, you will need 6 larger sized pompoms, 18 medium sized ones and 18 little pompoms. Colours varied for different sizes.

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From one ball of yarn, you can get approximately one or two large pompoms, three or four medium ones, and five to six small pompoms. I used 6 balls of yarn, just like the one in the picture above.  As it is not for wearing, the quality of wool is of no consequence, so I bought mostly acrylic yarn for 1.20 euro each (for some odd reason, grey was on 20% sale on top of that).

The pompoms then have to be arranged as shown below:

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I had a cheap lampshade that I bought from IKEA’s discounted section and stripped it of whatever was on it. Additionally I made a wire ring, which both served as a skeleton for my pompoms to go on.
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This is how the pompoms were arranged. Each “leg” was made by stringing pompons and rings together.  Starting with a small pompom, followed by two medium and then one large pompom. Then there was the big ring, another medium pompom, two small pompoms and the other ring. SAM_7950

The metal rings were wrapped with light grey yarn to make them look like an intentional part of this composition.

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I didn’t have any pattern to the way colours were arranged, because I do like some unpredictability. And if something were to go wrong, it would be easier to fix. So in a way its a planned chaos. SAM_7957

I did have be careful with keeping all sides equal in length to balance it, so I did do my final tweaking with a glue gun.SAM_7960

The end result is pretty cool. The real surprise came when I put the light on – the shadows cast by the chandelier were pretty cool!

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A funky chandelier that looks great during the day and night – pretty awesome.

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Make it and love it!

If you too enjoy DIYs with pompoms or yarn, here are a couple of suggestions:

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