Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Ballard Design knockoff Chandelier


After a lengthy huge waste of time search for a substitute for this great chandelier, I decided to take matters into my own impatient crafty hands and make it myself.
6-Arm Grande Claire Chandelier
Ballard Designs 6 arm Grande Claire Chandelier $399

The spouse, once again, isn't understanding the sheer wonder of that Ballard light, so I couldn't justify the price and decided that my current dining room light "isn't what I wanted" anyway, ugh hem, so here's how it went.

Light fixture
vine on a wire (see pic below)
hot glue (my fav)
craft crystals in a bag (Joanne's in jewelry section)
Spray Paint (Krylon Oil Rubbed Bronze)

These are sold at Michael's, I had them on hand.

I glued the vines all over the chandelier

 Then I spray painted it and glued the crystals on in random spots.

and after many, many scalding hot glue burns, one of which I think will be on my left wrist forever..
I was done!

The finished product, not bad for about $20.00 vs $400.00!!

Thanks so much for checking in!


  1. looks great!! you did a wonderful job. when i use glue gun i keep a large bowl of ice water close by. if glue drips i submerge my hand and the glue hardens burn. someone shared this with me after i burned my thumb so bad thought i would have to go to ER!

    1. Thank you Leah, what a great tip, because I have really done some damage to my arms with burns!

  2. I saw your project at knock off decor. Great job. It looks very pretty!

  3. That came out incredibly lovely - worth all the effort. I am really excited about trying it, thanks for the great inspiration, Christy!

  4. I have the one from Ballards and I just should have came to you. Excellent Knockoff. Very Creative I need to Follow you and keep my eyes on you!!!

  5. Thank you so much for this tutorial! I have an old knock-off enamel chandelier purchased at a salvage store, and wanted to make it look like the Ballard Design version, but could not figure out how! This is genius!

    1. Thanks Jane! I couldn't find any tutorial for this- so that's really why I started this blog! Glad to help! If you wanted it a little less moveable, coat it in Modge Podge before spray painting!

  6. I am working on a chandy right now as we are moving the Master Bedroom upstairs. I have it painted but it just needed something so I'm seriously thinking of trying this. You did a great job.