Chandeliers hang from several rooms in my home. They are my pride and joy.
When Christmas rolls around, I never leave them out of the decorations. Instead, I turn them into beautiful tree-a-liers using artificial greenery and wreaths, beads, ribbon, flowers and more.
Each tree-a-lier is themed to match the room in which it hangs. The completed effect, in conjunction with other Christmas decor, coordinates to make a nearly perfect Christmas Cottage.
To make a tree-a-lier for yourself, you will need several things:
A chandelier of any size or shape,
Real or faux greenery and wreaths,
Christmas flowers or greenery,
Beads and/or tinsel,
Ribbon or netting,
Christmas ornaments or figurines,
Green floral wire,
Glue sticks and
Follow these step by step instructions to create your own unique tree-a-lier:
Step 1. Determine which chandeliers you wish to decorate for Christmas.
Step 2. Choose a color scheme and theme for each tree-a-lier you propose to make.
Step 3. Determine how much greenery you will need for each chandelier. Note: The average medium-sized chandelier will require between 6′ and 10′ of greenery. The thinner the greenery, the more of it you will need in order to cover the chandelier properly.
Step 4. Figure out the size of wreath you will need. It must fit around the bottom of the chandelier. If it is too large, it will look awkward. If it is too small, it will not hang properly. Measure the diameter of the chandelier and stay within 1-2 inches of that measurement.
Step 5. Decide how you want to decorate each tree-a-lier. I recommend sketching each one out on paper or, at the very least, writing down the specific types of decorations you want to use (e.g., beading, clear Christmas bulbs, tinsel, etc.). Note: If you plan to use beading or tinsel you will need at least one-half to two-thirds the same length as the amount of greenery purchased.
Step 6. Go shopping for your items. While everything can be purchased at an arts and crafts store, a lot of these supplies are also available at dollar stores.
Step 7. Wrap your greenery around the cord of the chandelier and continue wrapping until the metal portion of the piece is basically hidden with greenery. Tie off the ends using floral wire.
Step 8. Attach the wreath to the bottom of the chandelier using floral wire. If you are using faux greenery you can also use the wire of the wreath to further secure it to the light fixture’s metal posts.
Step 9. Drape beading, tinsel or netting down the tree-a-lier much in the same manner as you would wrap a Christmas tree. You can tie off the ends or, in the case of beads, allow them to hang down from the bottom of the finished piece.
Step 10. Add flowers to the tree-a-lier if desired. I recommend using poinsettias or Christmas roses, holly, mistletoe or other colorful faux floral trim.
Step 11. Attach Christmas ornaments or other decorations (e.g., miniature figurines) to the tree-a-lier, letting them hang as they would from a Christmas tree or gluing them into the tree branches.
Step 12. Add ribbon or netting bows to certain branches, if desired. Another option is to finish off the bottom with a large Christmas bow with springs of holly or mistletoe hanging from the bottom.
Each time you make a tree-a-lier it will come out differently but it is the uniqueness of style that makes them so special.