I chose a "Sugared Fruits" theme. I used floral picks, a package of fruits that looked like they were coated in sugar, cinnamon scented pinecones (some of which I had spray painted gold), green and gold ball ornaments, some green and gold sheer wire-edge ribbon, and gold candles. All of the supplies came from Michaels, purchased on sale bit by bit over the previous two or three years. I really like the sugared fruits florals, which were in shades of purple, pink, gold and green. Our dining room is painted a very soft sage green, with wide stripes added in clear polyurethane to give a very subtle texture effect. So the colors of the fruits and ribbons really blended nicely and gave the room a rich, soft, pretty feel.
To decorate the chandelier, I wrapped garland and added artificial floral items and ribbon. I used two inexpensive artificial greenery garlands which Michael's usually has for sale for about $2 each during the holiday season. I made sure to carefully spread the wire branches out as fluffy as possible to make them as full as I could. I started up at the ceiling and twisted the end of the garland at the top of the chandelier chain. Then I wound the garland down around the chain, then around the top and bottom tiers of the chandelier. When I ran out of the first garland, I added a second and continued. I think I ended up wrapping both the top and the bottom tiers of the chandelier twice.
Next, I cut lengths of wire-edged ribbon into about 18" lengths. I made a loop at one end and wired it closed, and cut a "v" tail shape in the other end. (It kind of ended up looking something like a worm or a tadpole or a sperm. Eeeewwww!) Then I shaped the ribbon by hand into waves, and then tucked a few of these into the top and bottom tiers of the garland.
Lastly, I just laid the floral picks, sugared fruits, and pine cones into the garland. If it looked like they were going to fall out, I shaped the garland branches to secure them. I didn't glue anything, and didn't wire anything, because I wanted to be able to dismantle it at the end of the season and re-use the elements possibly in a different way in future years. It worked out well for the most part - though throughout the month of December, we would sometimes find fallen pinecones on the table, on the floor, or once, inside the candle centerpiece. ;-)
Overall, I was very pleased with the effect. What do you think? Do you decorate your chandelier for Christmas?
Stay tuned for the rest of the room's decorations...