Recently, I featured A HapBEE Birthday Table and Beehive Dessert that was complimented by a bee decorated chandelier hanging over head.
Problem was, by the time I posted all the pictures and details about the tablescape and birthday cake, I ran out of time and energy to include the bee decorated chandelier.
Sorry if I left you hanging.
Wow, that’s a pretty lame pun! I’m a little punchy after working all day preparing for the Wonderland 4th Annual My Favorite Things Party.
Ever since the first French Queen Bee party, I decorate the kitchen chandelier with bees and butterfly ribbon every May. It goes so nicely with all my bee linens, dishes, glasses, and flatware.
It’s also makes a nice home decor transition from spring to summer. Come see.
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Here’s the teaser photo I shared of the greens and dogwood blooms dangling over the table.
And, here’s what the bee decorated chandelier looks like — ta da!
Let me show you easy it was to put it together, and how you can recreate the look.
Here’s what I used to create the butterfly and bee decorated chandelier:
- 2 flexible dogwood garlands (Michael’s)
- 2 spools, 2 1/2 inch wired butterfly ribbon (Hobby Lobby)
- Greenery garland (local favorite, see Open House at Old Allegheny Shoppe)
- 4 bee pot hangers (Michael’s)
You can change the type of florals, ribbon and embellishments for your own creation, theme or color scheme. Do you ever decorate your chandelier or light fixture?
I frequently decorate both my kitchen and dining room chandeliers to complement tablescapes, or to reflect the season. Check out Decorate a Chandelier in 3 Easy Steps for more ideas and tips.
Decorating the Chandelier
Depending on the architectural design and structure of your light fixture, you may need to make modifications.
My kitchen chandelier has six shaded candles. If yours has a second level of “arms”, you might want to use another garland for coverage.
Step 1: Weave Garlands
Starting at the top of the light fixture, at or near the ceiling, weave the floral garland down through the middle.
Next, I added another greenery garland, by simply draping it over the arms of my chandelier. You can skip the greenery step if you like. I think it creates a more lush look.
When I originally decorated the kitchen fixture for the French Queen Bee party, I did not have the greenery. As much as I liked it then, I think adding the greens improves it.
The second dogwood garland is layered on top of the greenery.
Step 2: Add Bee Embellishments
I just love these bee pot hangers! Aren’t they cute?
The bees are attached by hooking or hanging them directly onto the fixture.
Just a couple of weeks ago, I saw ladybug pot hangers at Michaels. It’s at least the third summer season they’ve carried them.
Hmm. Maybe I should pick up some ladybug pot hangers and create a decorated chandelier with red geranium garlands?
I’m thinking there is a good chance Michael’s might carry the bee pot hangers this year too — if you are interested in replicating the bee decorated chandelier.
Step 3: Add Bow, Ribbon
When I saw this ribbon at Hobby Lobby, I just knew I had to have it. Even though I was planning the French Queen Bee party, I figured why not bees and butterflies? After all, they both love the garden and flowers.
I made two very large bows for the bee decorated chandelier. I also incorporated the same ribbon into Bee Wreath Party Decorations.
The black and off-white coloring of the ribbon goes beautifully with my home decor. Take the Remodeled Kitchen Design & Layout Tour for a look around.
Although Hobby Lobby no longer carries the butterfly ribbon, I did discover another spool in my stash for future projects.
Just Can’t Say Goodbye to the Season
I’ve decided to keep the bee decorated chandelier up for a few more weeks.
It’s going to transform into a vintage tea party decoration for the Alice in Wonderland Unbirthday Party.
Oh dear, leaving you hanging — again!
(Update: see the decorated chandy in Alice in Wonderland Table and Party Favors).
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