Dowel Rod Chandelier DIY

By Sara Polacek, Interiors & Event Design Manager

When we set out to transform a formal dining room into a playroom, we wanted to keep the overall layout of the dining room so the space could still be used for large family gatherings. This meant floating the play tables in the middle of the room. In a traditional dining room, you’d hang a chandelier above the table, but this room had plenty of other light, so we opted for something more playful. Also, since the room was mostly white, we wanted to add a colorful focal point to bring the look together.

Dowel Rod Chandelier DIYWe won’t lie, this isn’t a DIY you can complete in one naptime, but with a few hours of work and a fraction of the cost of a chandelier, you’ll have a beautiful conversation piece for your home. If you don’t need a piece of this size, this DIY would also work well scaled down as a small mobile.

Dowel Rod Chandelier DIY

Dowel Rod Chandelier DIY Supply List:

  • (Approx. 70) 1/8”, 3/8” & 1/4” dowel rods, various lengths (12”, 18”, 24”)
  • (3) 50”x 1” diameter dowel rods (to make a 18”x46” frame)
  • Spray paint in various colors
  • 50 skeins of embroidery floss in various colors
  • 20lb & 60lb fishing line
  • Tacks
  • (2-4) Eye hooks for ceiling
  • Glue gun
  • Miter saw (could also use hand saw)
  • Wood glue
  • (4) 2” screws

Dowel Rod Chandelier DIY 3Dowel Rod Chandelier DIY Directions:

Step 1. Wrap/paint dowel rods

  • Start by securing the embroidery floss with a dab of glue on the rod.
  • Tightly wrap the rod till you reach the end of the floss, secure with another dab of glue.
  • Add another color of floss and continue.
  • To spray paint: lean rods against a surface you don’t mind getting spray paint on or prop up rods in a piece of Styrofoam. Tape off the part you do not want to paint.
  • Let dry and wrap other half, or leave it natural.  We did a mix.

Step 2. Make frame.

  • Saw down dowel rods to be size needed to make frame (we made a 18”x46” frame).
  • Make a 45 degree cut at both ends of each dowel rod.
  • Predrill screw hole in both sides of corner before gluing corner together to hold.
  • Drill screw into corner to secure.

Step 3. Installation.

  • Secure two eye hooks into the ceiling, at the center of each side of the frame.
  • Use 60lb fishing line to hang.
  • Tie fishing line from each corner of frame to the eye hooks.
  • Once chandelier is hung, begin to add dowel rods.
  • For larger dowels, push a tack in the top of dowel.
  • Take 20lb fishing line and attach a strand to each tack.
  • Wrap and tie fishing line around frame, tightly. Hang at varying lengths for interest.
  • For thinner dowels, tie fishing line around top and leave two strands to use for tying around frame.

Dowel Rod Chandelier DIY 4Voila! You have a beautiful and playful focal point for your space. For more details about turning your dining room into a playroom and other helpful hints, check out our Design Workshop.

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Shared Girls Room Refresh by Lay Baby Lay

Post by Joni of Lay Baby Lay
Shared Girls Room Design Refresh by Lay Baby LayI just finished up a refresh on my shared girls’ room. Vivi had been asking for pink walls, and since we have moved things around a few times trying to figure out the best arrangement as she grew, we had various scuffs and holes on the wall. Starting with a fresh coat of paint can be so, well, refreshing. It makes everything feel cleaner, brighter, and more organized (and who can’t appreciate that if you have toddlers?). We went with Sherwin Williams’ Angelic for the paint color, and I was excited to incorporate some Land of Nod kids bedding (as well as other adorableness!) for a happy, whimsical look.Shared Girls Room Design Refresh by Lay Baby Lay 2We are going to move Brigette into her big sister’s room when she transitions to a big girl/toddler bed, so I wanted bedding that coordinated without being too matchy. One of the things I adore about The Land of Nod bedding is that you can mix just about whatever combination you want, and it will look perfect together.
Shared Girls Room Design Refresh by Lay Baby Lay 5For Vivi’s twin bed, we used the save the day sheets (I love these! Girly and superhero at the same time!) and the beautiful well nested duvet cover. We added in a bonjour heart pillow and a geometric sun pillow for extra color and some extra cushion for reading.
Shared Girls Room Design Refresh by Lay Baby Lay 7On Brigette’s bed we used the gold dotted crib sheet and the well nested crib quilt. I love toddler sized beds – they are the cutest, and leave lots of room for playing! We added on that cute mint bonjour heart pillow and head in the clouds pillow along with a pom pom pillow (I love all the little poms!!) which makes her bed a nice little divan for reading or playing during the day.

Shared Girls Room Design Refresh by Lay Baby Lay 9I love having their room more thoughtfully pulled together! The pink is so happy and bright, and Vivi loves to make up her bed with her fun collection of pillows! Be sure to visit Lay Baby Lay to see more details from this room and how we incorporated more great pieces from the Land of Nod! (like the heart shelf, gold lamp, and neon nightstand shown above!)

Thanks so much to The Land of Nod for helping us make such a dreamy space for our girls!

Shared Girls Room Design Refresh by Lay Baby Lay 11
Lay Baby Lay started in 2011 shortly after the arrival of my first baby as a place to provide fresh and unique nursery inspiration with a little dose of motherhood experience. This site is my creative outlet and the place where I am able to express all the ideas running around in my head. It is my hope that you will also be inspired to create spaces for your little ones that are full of imagination, color, and delight and maybe find a little encouragement in this crazy but wonderful journey of having babies and watching them grow. 

Step Up the Playfulness in Your Decor: Washi Tape Stair DIY

Post by Danielle Kurtz, Creative Director at The Land of Nod
Washi Tape Stair DIYSome of my favorite design elements are those that show up in unexpected places. Most people don’t think twice about the risers on their stairs, but they’re really just begging to be adorned. I’ve seen them painted in a rainbow or wallpapered in a playful pattern, and I LOVE those ideas. But, we thought we’d try something a little less permanent, which requires a lot less investment of time and money when it came to the staircase decor in the Nod Family Home. So enters one of our favorite decorating materials…washi tape!Washi Tape Stair DIY 2For our stair DIY we used washi tape on this staircase to write out a beautiful quote by e.e. cummings. Look for inspiring words in your favorite book, poem or even a song. It can be sentimental and sweet, like the one we chose, or witty and fun. Choose a quote that’s length matches your number of stairs, you don’t want a whole paragraph, but want at least one word per step. Write out your number of steps and write your quote from the bottom step up.Washi Tape Stair DIY 3Washi Tape Stair DIY 4For our “font” we decided to embrace the squared off nature of the tape and did a faceted style type. It’s imperfect, which we think is just perfect.Washi Tape Stair DIY 5Use a box or block of wood to determine the baseline for your text, and settle on a general height for your tallest letter. And, you’re off. We decided to vary the color on each step in rainbow order. But, you can use all one color, vary colors by letter, whatever feels right to you. The beauty of washi tape is if you make a mistake, you can remove it and try again. Also, it’s super easy to remove down the road if you decide to try something different.

Not feeling the quote idea for your stair DIY? Try making patterns on the risers. Think dots, x’s, +’s, stripes. The possibilities are endless!

Danielle is the Creative Director at Nod and an over-protective mother of two. She’s also completely obsessed with Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and her Kindle, but not necessarily in that order. Danielle loves to craft, sew and crochet. Her current craft of choice is weaving tiny wall tapestries.

Post-Holiday Toy Organization

Post by Danielle Kurtz, Creative Director at The Land of Nod

Post-Holiday Toy OrganizationMy favorite day of the year is when my family and I put up our Christmas tree. And, my 2nd favorite day is when we take it down. I think after the overall abundance of the holidays, it’s so refreshing for our space to feel a little spare.

Though, there’s just one problem. Every year when the post-holiday urge to cleanup kicks into gear, it’s not as easy as putting everything in its place because everything doesn’t have a place. All those new toys, books and games need a home. That means a healthy dose of purging and reorganizing is in order.

Post-Holiday Toy Organization - StorageFor post-holiday toy organization, first, you need a good foundation. I’ve found the best starting point is modular and flexible storage, like our Cubic Collection. Your kid’s toys will evolve as they grow from stuffed animals and blocks to dress up clothes and board games. So, look for furniture solutions that can continue to function as your needs change.

Second, purge. You may have to send the kids to grandma and grandpa’s for the day to get it done, but your space will simply not multiply as quickly as the toys. I try to do a pretty heavy purge before birthdays and Christmas. Throw away anything broken or with missing pieces. Then, donate items they’ve outgrown or simply don’t use. If you’re planning to have more kids, pack up the items they’ve outgrown and save them for down the road. But, one way or another, purging is an essential toy organization step to keeping a handle on the madness.

Post-Holiday Toy Organization - BasketsLastly, find a home for everything. You may need to invest in a few more bins and baskets. I try to keep like items together (a bin for dinosaurs, a bin for doll clothes, a bin for play food, etc) as this makes for quicker cleanup. Then, stash items that require supervision (paint, board games, etc) on higher shelves, and keep frequently used toys closer at hand.

By Danielle Kurtz. Danielle is the Creative Director at Nod and an over-protective mother of two. She’s also completely obsessed with Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and her Kindle, but not necessarily in that order. Danielle loves to craft, sew and crochet. Her current craft of choice is weaving tiny wall tapestries.