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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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.

Get the Look – Winter Garden

Post by Anna Passadori, Nod’s resident trend expert

For this theme, I wanted to create a Winter Wonderland look that was soft and dreamy. I was inspired by meadows and gardens, but was challenged on how to bring something traditionally more of a Springtime look into the home for the Holidays. I did it by starting with the color palette- whites, grey and gorgeous metallics to set the tone for a festive look, with just hints of color like soft pink, purple and mint.

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Suddenly the florals in this palette felt more elegant and dreamy, like they had been preserved by the winter snow:

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To keep the look from being too sweet, I pictured the garden in the twilight, surrounded above by stars and the moon. Perhaps there were owls flying overhead, and creatures and bears and wolves running below. Material choices (for example textured linens and nubby felt) and finishing techniques (like raw edges) kept the product gentle but not too perfect.

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Lastly to create interest and tension, I added a layer of mystique by incorporating gemstones and other delicate details into the collection:

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Try it yourself! And for more inspiration, view our Winter Garden holiday collection.

Land of Nod Winter Garden Holiday CollectionFuzzy Nod Chair / Pavilion Playhome

Anna develops the trends that help us design product for The Land of Nod. She hails from the west coast and has traveled the world to source product. She loves anything Marc Jacobs, Sofia Coppola or stripes! (So, if anyone can get a photo of Sofia Coppola wearing a striped outfit by Marc Jacobs, please send it along.)