Bring some swing into your home – the DIY fringe chandelier

A fringed lamp is hanging next to a section of a bed
Bring 1920s style to your home – the DIY fringe chandelier

  • Difficulty
  • Cost
    < 50 £
  • Duration
    1-3 h


Do you love the ‘Roaring Twenties’ and want to bring the style seen in films like The Great Gatsby to your home? This fringe chandelier would be the perfect start! If you have embroidery frames hanging around in the loft, maybe from your Grandma, even better – this project actually also counts as upcycling!

You need
  • scissors
  • pencil
  • Three embroidery frames in different sizes
  • Fringe trimming in the right length
  • String that matches the colour of the trimming, approx. 2.5 m.
  • Wood glue
L: Length, W: Width, H: Height, D: Diameter

Let's go - step by step

Step 1 4

Measure the embroidery frames

Close-up of a woman using a laser measure with tape adapter to measure the inner part of an embroidery hoop.
To make your fringe lampshade, first measure the circumference of the embroidery hoops

You need: Digital Laser Measure Zamo (Set), Zamo - Tape Adapter, embroidery frames

Has your Grandma left you a set of embroidery frames? Perfect – you can easily turn these into a fringe chandelier! First, take the embroidery frames apart. You’ll only need the inner rings for this project. Measure the circumference of the embroidery frame. Wrap the Zamo tape equally around the outside until the two red reference edges are touching. Measure all of the embroidery frames that you want to use for the fringe chandelier. Add approximately 2 cm offcut to each frame. Now you know how much fringe trimming you need.

Step 2 4

Transfer the measurements to the fringe trimming

Close-up of a woman using a Bosch laser measure with tape adapter to transfer measurements to some fringe trim.
Transfer the measurements to the fringe trim using the Zamo and tape adapter

You need: scissors, pencil, fringe trimming

Now, measure your fringe trimming, mark the points with the pencil and cut the trimming.

Step 3 4

Glue your fringe to the hoops

Lampshade with fringe: a woman glues some white fringe trim to a wooden embroidery hoop
This is the first part of your DIY lampshade with fringe.

You need: wood glue

Once you have cut the three trimming bands to the right length, you can start gluing. Do this by applying wood glue to the embroidery frame bit by bit and press the trimming firmly down onto it. Hold it in place for a few seconds, then you can continue gluing.

Step 4 4

Tie the frames for your fringe chandelier together

Lampshade with fringe: a woman ties three fringe-covered embroidery hoops together
When tying the hoops together, work from the outside in or from the inside out – this will make it easier

You need: scissors, string

It’s now time for the most complicated step in making your fringe chandelier – tying the three frames together. Cut six 20 cm-long pieces of string and three 30 cm-long pieces. Place the frames inside one another and work either from the innermost frame to the outermost one or from the outermost frame to the innermost one. Tie the frames together in three places. These points should be equal distances apart. Use the 20 cm-long pieces of string for this. Secure the 30 cm-long pieces of strings to the frame that is on the outside in the picture – also equal distances apart. Bring the loose ends together via the middle and loop them together into a knot. Now, when you lift the fringe chandelier up, the frame should expand downwards. Attach the fringe chandelier to the lamp of your choice. By the way, it also works brilliantly without a lamp, just as a decoration!

You can use coloured fringe trimming to adjust this craft project to your interior decor style even more. You can also cut out geometric shapes.

We’ve compiled a few ways you can use light to make your home more comfortable . If you want to get stuck into more upcycling projects , we have some inspiration for you, too!