DIY Sputnik Chandelier

I've always dreamed of having a gorgeous sputnik chandelier, but they are usually on the smaller side and in the many thousands of dollars. I had planned on investing a little bit more of the house budget on the dining area's light fixture because it would be basically the first thing you'd see when walking into our apartment. I wanted big and beautiful.


After deciding to buy the Gossip Girl sconces, I had sort of eaten up my lighting budget and needed to figure out something very inexpensive for the dining room. I thought the ubiquitous IKEA Maskros (which means dandelion in Swedish) might be a good base for a DIY sputnik.


I had some help from my Mom and Dad, who were in town visiting at the time. We busted out the entire project in a night and had the thing hung in the morning. I love projects like that!! (THANKS Mom and Dad! xo)

It's a pretty simple project, with not a lot of tools required. I went with the 32" diameter fixture because we have a big open space, but I would recommend the 22" fixture (which is only $49!) for more traditional rooms.



Like almost all IKEA products, the Maskros comes disassembled. There are, I think, 124 white flowers to attach to long metal rods.


image via HERE

The white, plasticy paper flowers are about 5" wide. This is totally personal preference, but the thing I don't love the most about the Maskros in it's original state is all the shadows the flowers create and I needed this fixture to be a functional light source first and foremost. So I played around a bit with the proportions to shorten the petals and decided I like a 2.5" diameter best.


I used a clear (making it easy to find the center) plastic cup with a 2.5" base to trace a circle on each of the flowers. A little tip: I find that projects with many steps of many multiples are done best and fastest by focusing on one step at a time. I traced all the flowers first. Then I cut all the flowers, etc. Don't get ahead of yourself in the steps for the sake of accuracy and efficiency.



Once the tracing was all finished, I cut down the flowers. Then I pulled out my trusty old quart of Ralph Lauren Regency Metallics in 'Parlor Gold' to paint out the florettes.


If the weather had been better and if I didn't live in NYC, I totally would have spray painted the whole thing using Rustoleum's metallic line in the Brass finish. But, I am actually really happy with the look of the hand painting. It didn't take that long, and I think the end look is a little less flat than spray paint - more mottled, like real gilded metal.



While one side of the florettes was drying, we painted the rest of the fixture, including the arms (below), the cord and the ceiling mount.



Once both sides of the florettes had been painted and the fixture frame had two good coats of paint, we started gluing these adorable little amuse bouche plates on the florettes. I used two boxes for the larger size Maskros.

Fabritac is hands down my favorite adhesive and it worked really well for this project. Super tight hold and a fast drying time. I needed only a small dollop on the bottom of each plate to attach the flower.



We let the glue set up for an hour or so and then we attached the florettes to the stems as they were designed to be attached. There are little prongs (the button looking pieces in the center) that snap the flowers in place on the arms. Grace was in charge of most of the snapping.






We used a fabric roll on two chairs for holding the arms, which worked really well for letting the paint and glue dry.



My super handy dad took care of the electrical aspects and then we all worked together to attach the huge arms to the frame. It was fun to step down from the ladder and take it all in at once!



The large size was just what my dining space needed. And it's so great to have an additional light source above the table. I was surprised at how much it brightened the space - even with just the one bulb.



I love that the plastic plates have that hint of green! I think they really look like glass and the painted paper/plastic actually kind of passes for brass.



It has that Sputnik vibe, but it's definitely doing it's own thing. Not bad, for about $100 in supplies!



I'm so glad we cut down the flowers. It doesn't scream IKEA Maskros this way and the little shadows are actually quite pretty. Sort of like polka dots (I keep thinking of the Kate Spade Twirl bottle!)




156 comments:

Allison Egan said...

Oh my gosh! Brilliant DIY - you are so creative. Fantastic idea - would also be beautiful in silver! thanks for sharing all of the steps!
xo Allison

Spicer + Bank
www.spicerandbank.blogspot.com

Houndstooth and Nail said...

Really really beautiful!!! What a great project, thanks for sharing!
:)
Ingrid

Katy B said...

I love it! I didn't think anything could make me like that particular light fixture again, but this does.

Kelly Krugh said...

Wow!! It looks great!!! I love your gallery wall by the way! :)

pve design said...

Really, what do you eat for breakfast? You have more energy than anyone I know....and certainly you light up blog land in such inspiring ways!
Love that light! Love to order one....
pve

kalynor said...

Amazing!! It looks absolutely great !

charm home said...

This is phenomenal. I never would have thought about cutting down the sunbursts like that. I'm thinking of getting this fixture for my dining room as well but need to keep it white. I'm thinking that I'll definitely cut down the diameter of the flowers after seeing yours though. Beautiful!

Dina @ Honey + Fitz said...

Amuse cups?! Seriously? Never in a million years would I have come up with that one but it's brilliant. Great hack!

Designology Interiors said...

Wow,you are just as patient as you are creative...proven with this amazing light fixture. I'm still admiring the button collection post too.

bryn alexandra interiors said...

GENIUS AS ALWAYS!!!!!!!!!!

Mr. Goodwill Hunting said...

THIS IS LIKE SO AWESOME!
SERIOUSLY!!

You did such a great job. Innovative and totally worthy!


Can I ask a question?
Where did you find those fetching black lampshades on the console?


Rashon aka Mr. Goodwill Hunting

Kim Russell said...

Amazing!

Christy said...

This has got to be one of my all-time favorite diy projects from the entire internet! You are so talented and creative! LOVE it!

Naomi@DesignManifest said...

Another one knocked out of the park, Jenny!

How lucky that you have parents' who are into this stuff and willing to help. Let's not forget the little helpers too :)

LindsB said...

wow, that is totally a statement piece- I love how it came out! The polka dots on the walls are so fun!

Laura@JourneyChic said...

W.O.W. Way to "make it your own" as Paula Abdul would say. :) It looks fantastic!

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

Completely and utterly gorgeous!!! Well done, girl! (and assistants)

Stephanie Sabbe said...

Jenny! I think this is all I ever write on here, but it is AMAZING!

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

This is simply awesome!! It turned out so beautiful.

Chelsea said...

Wonderful job - it looks amazing! Great work :)

colleen said...

Looks gorgeous! You are absolutely the queen of designer DIYs!

designchic said...

This is absolutely amazing...can't believe you came up with this idea!! I always love coming over to see what you've created ~

Amanda said...

WOW girl! that truly is amazing! and it truly looks like a high-end piece. I would have never had the patience to hand paint all that-I would have speed through it with spray paint and it would have probably ended up being a severe DIY disaster!
Kuddos to you!!

Ann said...

Thank you for the very clear, step-by-step photos and instructions. This is a very inspiring project.

Patrice said...

Jenny that is such a creative and cool idea...I LOVE it!!

Vinyasa Mama said...

holy awesome-ness! you never cease to amaze me with your creative and inspiring ideas! thanks, jenny!!

Anna said...

You are SO cool. Seriously. Awesome.

Caroline said...

Jenny you just took Ikea to a whole new level! Love the creativity...keep it coming!

Amy said...

This is amazing! What a creative idea! It looks great and very original! I'm gonna have to leave this up on my computer all day so I can keep coming back to look at it....

Anna K. said...

That is amazing - love it when I find other ladies inspired by Gossip Girl!

cecelia said...

this is unbelievably creative!

Yolanda @ Miss Refashionista said...

How Awesome!! Love it!

Amanda said...

I love it! Great way to make that light more your style

Newburgh Restoration said...

Fabulous job!

Fairbanks Photography said...

Way to go! That's one cool light :)

Rachel said...

Love it! If I weren't renting I would do this to my dining room in a heartbeat! Great idea.

Joi said...

Holy cow, Jenny! You have the BEST DIY projects. Thanks for sharing. It looks spectacular!

Kellie said...

Awesome DIY! Thanks for sharing, it's really pretty!

Megan@reFind said...

A-MAZE-ING! You are so clever!!!!

Salsa Mama said...

That looks great!! Sweet Ikea hack. How fun to have your parents help, too. Love it!!

Corinne said...

Brilliant. I was never too crazy about the Maskros. With the hack, the chandelier looks truly one of a kind and elegant. Thank you so much for sharing the step by step instructions. You are so generous.

la la Lovely said...

Amazing... looks so glamorous... such a great idea!
xo

Four average Joes said...

AHHHHHH-MAZING! LOVE it. And the post about the rug website too?? This is the best blog Monday ever.

HannahJ said...

You are amazing! This is amazing and totally brilliant- I am in awe- seriously!!!! WOW!

Casey said...

So beautiful! The little clear dishes really add dimension.

Tim said...

Wow it looks great! Will have to attempt it myself!

Kate @ Savour Fare said...

What a fun project! Love Ikea hacks!

mforhan said...

Not to be nit picky but Maskros is actually Swedish for dandelion not daffodil.

Dane said...

Fantastic Ikea hack! such a great idea when the budget is not there.

*bisous*
Dane

Avalyn said...

Very cool! The only thing I don't like about that IKEA fixture is that it is paper and looks cheap up close. I saw someone else had spray-painted it all gold, but I prefer your choice of adding the cups.

Kate @ Daffodils said...

Wow, that is fantastic!

Ashley Whiteside said...

Ok, this is just beautiful. It's beautiful. That's all there is to it! You'd never recognize it as the regular Ikea fixture as much as you've dressed it up, and it suits your space so well. Bravo!

Babs Blog said...

Jenny, you have done it again! A simply beautiful project on a sane budget. Your DIY projects are so great!

Healeygirl said...

FANTASTIC! I thought I liked Amy Butler's version that was simple and muted gold. I think I like this one much more. It has such a great presence.

ModFruGal said...

Wow,that's a great way to faux a Stejnar!! Amazing job.

Life On Planet Mum said...

You are so very creative! Thanks for sharing the project. However, it is your dining table I am drooling over - please could you share your source? Thanks!

Amber said...

I'm exhausted just looking at this, but very impressed! You are amazing at turning your ideas into reality!

Whitney said...

FANTASTIC project! I really am always surprised how you manage these detail-oriented and time-consuming projects amidst parenting duties. Amazing time-management and creativity. The chandy is delicious. Brava!

Lilly from Lilly's Notebook said...

I fainted when I saw this. OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ingrid said...

You did it again, another brilliant DIY!!! It is beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing!

Modern Country Lady said...

What an improvement on the original- and the yellow gold is just lovely! Fabulous project- looks a million dollars!

Stephanie said...

Ok, that is an amazing DIY. Seriously - so beautiful. I am also taken by the collage of art behind it. Definitely going into the inspiration file!

my little apartment said...

soooooo cuuuuuute!

Crystal said...

That turned out very nicely, and as you said it doesn't scream IKEA now.

Meredith M. said...

I love it!!!!

R. Pyper said...

I can't believe how awesome this turned out. And you were so smart to cut down the flowers — it looks way more authentically mid-century this way. Great job!

simply seleta said...

Jaw on the ground. Amazing.

Mrs.Grinder said...

just like everyone else, i'm going to go pick my jaw up off the flor now. this is amazing! xox

Sam M. said...

this is absolute genius. i bow down.

lizziefitz said...

Crazy good!!! Love the "twirl" shadows ,too. I was thinking that your parents light and your sister's button collage have a dot , circle theme :))

Rambling Renovators said...

Great project Jenny! What I like best is that you got it done with the help of Mom, Dad, and Grace. It'll be so nice to admire your handiwork over family dinners.

Marcus Design said...

Gorgeous Jenny! Very creative, I love the look you have created.
Nancy xo

Mandy said...

Wow I am sooo impressed!!! You have the best DIY projects. What a perfect piece for that space.

www.kinistyle.com

annabelle said...

Jenny, that is seriously the coolest IKEA hack I've ever seen. Well done!!

allegra said...

Oh my gosh Jenny. This is unreal. You are some sort of designing freak!!!! (in a GOOD way! ) You are simply amazing. You never cease to amaze me. The things you turn into beautiful treasures is really a gift. I can't believe this girl I knew in Boston is now an amazing design super star. (well, you always were a superstar, I'm just saying.)

I'm so glad you blog. It's one of the first I read in my google reader!!

xo

allegra said...

p.s. I like yours better than the sputnik chandelier. Both are pretty, but I like the overall look of yours better!

rosa @ flutterflutter said...

That's so great!! So dramatic! I just did a DIY of the round variety too!

Rachael @ Roco Rennie said...

That is amazing and how much patience do you have!!

amber wallace said...

You are a genius plain and simple!

I am Chrissa. said...

Jenny, you are a genius. Positively brilliant.

I had to blog it:
http://thedesignjunkie.blogspot.com/2011/05/little-green-notebooks-diy-sputnik.html

(Did I tell you you're brilliant?)

Natasha said...

It's so funny that you did this post! I was JUST at IKEA Saturday with the purpose of looking at that light. I just loved how it looked in Amy Butler's home that you blogged about the other day but once I saw it in person I had no clue how to transform it. Thank you so much for doing this, I'm sitting her going, "AHA! So THAT's what to do!"

Yay, I can't wait!!!

Anonymous said...

You are killing me with your brilliance! This is one of the best Ikea hacks ever.

Anonymous said...

Very cool light. I just have one question: is it hardwired? I'm looking for a light above my dining table, but I cant use a lamp that requires hardwiring.

Emily said...

Genius! Are the cups heavy? Or are they plastic?? Now what are you gonna do with all of the money you saved?

Tara said...

Looks great, wondered though if you had considered leaving some bigger flowers mixed in.

Katie @ Noodle and Boof said...

you are so creative!!

Triannas Treasures said...

This is the best Ikea hack ever! Absolutely love it.

Alan DeWitt said...

Jenny,
"Anonymous" asked it the fixture had to be hardwired. Even though we did it that way on this one, it could easily be hung from swag hooks in the ceiling and plugged into a wall outlet or have the cord covered in a flushmounted conduit. I hope this helps!
Love, Dad

Missy Rinfret said...

This is so ridiculous amazing. Definitley copying you when I have a big enough apartment to actually fit a chandelier! Lol

Megan Elizabeth said...

Wow!!!! What an amazing project! I don't know how you come up with all these great ideas.

Hayley douglas said...

This is unreal!! It sent my own mind racing with ideas. You are wonderfully creative :)

Pam said...

Simply...STUNNING!!!

elissa :: ebb & flow said...

great idea! i've seen that ikea chandelier a couple places before but never with a fresh new take on the out-of-the-box lamp. great work!

jandjhome said...

I have no words. This is one of the most amazing projects I've seen. Brilliant.

Evie said...

I love the way you customized this!

April said...

Fabulous DIY - it looks amazing! Hope you're posting this on the IKEA Hackers blog too ...

MB said...

You are AMAZING! I'm so impressed with your creativity, diligence and ability to decorate with little ones puttering about. Well done! The light looks amazing!

Tyson Robichaud said...

It doesn't even look like the Ikea light fixture anymore. People wouldn't know unless you told them, which you just did :) Love this!

Viv said...

Brilliant! I love a good IKEA hack and this is one of the best I have seen. I haven't got anywhere to put a lamp like this and it makes me pout.

Dee said...

ok that is the coolest diy redo i have seen in a while, I love the whole sputnik vibe... great thinking and great job! Dee

Tidal Creations said...

That is fantastic!!! Thank you for sharing. I don't normally like this type of lighting...but yours is simply amazing!=)

Jane

Jon'el said...

Wow, that is goregous and for $100 total, even more amazing.

vanilla bean said...

Awesome idea!! I totally love it!

I'm Busy Procrastinating said...

I'm so glad there are creative people like you who can take something common and create elegance. Thanks for sharing! (And what nice parents to help you with the project.)

MB@YarnUiPhoneApp said...

What an incredibly thrifty idea that looks expensive. Great job, well done.

DomesticJenny said...

Ammmaazing! Seriously perfection!

Nifty said...

Your ingenuity always amazes me. But...how on earth are you gonna clean that thing??

Ambica said...

its so fabulous :) i have always loved ikea but i am loving your variant of it even more!

ps: my jaw is still on the floor.

Michelle Kendrick Hartney said...

This is absolutely amazing! Great job!!

Sydney said...

I cant believe someone made that. Looks like a lot of hard work but its beautiful. And its incredible how much a chandelier like that adds to a room!!!

http://thetastysidetolife.blogspot.com/2011/05/champagne-tree-house-tasting-in-reims_28.html

morgannorris said...

I love the floor in your house - is that polished concrete?

Chelsea Talks Smack said...

mmyyy goodness, this is so fabulous!

Helen said...

Wow, this just takes the Ikea lamp 1000 times above what it is to become something truly exceptional.

Great work

Ivana said...

Oh my God, this is absolutely AMAZING!!! I so admire you!!!

xx Ivana

http://styleinthecityen.blogspot.com

Grandma Kathleen said...

That is hands-down the coolest chandelier I have ever seen!!! you did a wonderful job with it.

Kaira said...

Color me super duper impressed! Looks great!

Nisreen Zain-Halai said...

it is absolutely gorgeous! and it does not scream ikea!

Nisreen said...

it is absolutely gorgeous and so does not scream ikea! love it!

Anonymous said...

This looks AMAZING! All that hard work definitely paid off. Well done. You are so inspiring with your DIY projects, thank you! -Emily www.boxwoodclippings.com

The Science Fair said...

This is AMAZING! I adore your taste!

Laurren

Misty Hamel said...

I love it! Best Ikea makeover ever!

American Gypsy said...

This is bananas! Just found your diy on Decor Hacks and have to say I'm super impressed. I just might try it out on an upcoming closet renovation. Thx for sharing!
xoxojess
www.americangypsyliving.com

Red said...

That is fantastic, really inspirational, am going to give it a try. I love the look of your apartment as well.

Cherri @ SmartyPantalons said...

Little elves came in a finished this in the night right? This project is insane. Although I appreciate beauty, I'm lazy and could never muster this energy. Please send your reserves my way.

SuSach said...

absolutely amazing!! good work!

lavieetme.blogspot.com

emily b said...

Wow, amazing! It looks perfect over your dining table. Way to go!

AnaLisa @ Whatever Is Lovely said...

Awesome job! This looks GREAT!

Brittany {Gallery No. Eight} said...

This is so fabulous!!! Love it!

Elizabeth Downie said...

That is just so gorgeous! I'm so inspired by your projects! Thank you for sharing the step by step for this!

Lynda @ Happenstance Home said...

So so pretty and creative!

Melissa at HOUSEography said...

Amazing! I am generally not a fan of those fixtures but I really do like this one. Great job!!

Ashley@ DesignBuildLove.co said...

I am totally not a huge fan of the Ikea light fixture, but I totally AM in LOVE with your version! It doesn't even look the same. In it's original state, the light fixture looked cheap to me, but with your customizations, it looks gorgeous and elegant! NICELY DONE!

bettijo @ PagingSupermom.com said...

GLORIOUS!!! You are too clever. Thanks for sharing this idea. I love the pic of your kiddo with the Sputnik antennas :)

lilmoomoo said...

wow.
impressed.

that is all I have to say.

Type A Ramblings said...

I love your blog. You're now on my bookmark list - can't wait to see more!

Lauren @ 31diy said...

This is so gorgeous! It's a beautiful and unique light fixture - brilliant!

Amanda said...

That is totally beautiful! :) I've featured this post on Craft Gossip here:
http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/diy-sputnik-chandelier/

If you would like a "featured by" button, you can grab one here:
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Schmolphin PsychoDevil said...

superbly awesome!!! thanks fer sharing! very creative, fun & absolute family bonding time!

Cheers;
Lia frm Singapore. =)

Bird said...

Awesome! I'm seriously thinking about copying!!

Bird said...

Awesome! I'm seriously thinking about copying!!

Annie said...

Ah! I love this! I just stumbled on your blog through a Home Decor News tweet, and can't wait to go through more of your posts! I LOVE THIS LIGHT!

photo-melanie said...

I absolutely love it!!!

bathroom lighting said...

What you was AWESOME! It was such a brilliant idea for having a DIY at your home. Thanks for being an inspiration.

aforadrienne.com said...

Talk about ingenuity. Brilliant!

Beatrice said...

That is stunning. It is so beautiful, inventive, creative and genius. Wow. I loved the Maskros before, but now I love it even more.

Bedroom Chandeliers said...

what a beautiful work. congrats! I bet you get lots of compliments :)

Anonymous said...

Where have I been! This is truly amazing! This is what you do with IKEA furniture, make it your own! Love Love!!

Anonymous said...

UNREAL! I love this so much I ran out and got three--one big, two small--and hope to sorta copy your idea. One for kitchen, two for dining room as they are connected visually. Thank you! Kudos to you and the family.

Jenny @ Simcoe Street said...

this is crazy cool!!!! Pinned it

Jenny
http://simcoestreet.blogspot.com/

Amanda said...

We liked this so much over at Copycat Crafts that we have decided to feature it! You can view it here
http://www.copycatcrafts.com/gorgeous-sputnik-chandelier/

We'd love it if you'd like to display a featured button! You can grab your button on the right hand side of your post. Thanks!

Andreas said...

wow, this lamp looks really great, you should be proud of your creativity to create such a wonderful interior light :-)

best regards from Germany

Andreas

Kelley said...

Great project and love the paint. Where can you buy it since Home Depot no longer carries it? I've looked everywhere with no luck.

Barbara Bussey {The Treasured Home} said...

Besides being a gorgeous make over that Ikea is probably copying right now, I'd say that your parents win the oh-so-cool award for spending their time with you in such a supportive way!

Great blog!!

Anonymous said...

Unreal! Someone may have pointed this out already, but you could eliminate a step by using a blade to trace and cut the flower 'petals' all in one step. Just be sure to have a solid, slip free cutting mat beneath.

babyshoes said...

oh my gosh...i love this idea! awesome...thanks!

The Duchess said...

You're a genius.

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