Lighting cellula chandelier from DWR

Published on April 18th, 2008 | by Jules IKEAHacker


glam up your glimt

tanya hung antique crystals on her glimt pendant lamp and what a difference it makes!

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(Updated July 21, 08)

cellula chandelier from DWR
Christie’s version of the Cellula Chandelier
She says, “I have long coveted the Cellula Chandelier from Design Within Reach (pic right) … (with it’s $2200 price tag it was out of the question). I found the Glimt at Ikea and crafted my own version of the Cellula that is pretty darn close. Below are photos of an up close of my version, and a glimpse of it hanging in my room!

What I did to make it:
1) Bought the 6 light Glimt for $79.99
2) Assembled the light, omitting the glass shades that cover the bulbs
3) Scoured Ebay for crystals in various sizes (I bought a couple big lots of them all for less than $100)
4) Used clear fishing line to hang the crystals at various lengths

Modified GLIMT

The Glimt is meant to be a low hanging table chandelier, so I did have to do some surgery to the electrical wires that hang the fixture to get it as close to the ceiling as I have it hanging.

Modified GLIMT room view
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30 Responses to glam up your glimt

  1. Anonymous says:

    People like different things, but in my opinion this is rather ugly…

  2. prue says:

    it looks great – but aren’t these crystals, whether antique or not, quite pricey?

    still, as i am still looking for a kitchen lamp (to be placed over a counter), it wouldn’t be ideal for me anyway (just think of cleaning these from kitchen grease…..)

    love the look, though! (and i don’t particularly like the glimt lamp otherwise).

  3. Anonymous says:

    love it! beautiful and it looks high-end!

  4. Chen says:

    Wow, what a difference! It went from “unnoticeable” to “Arrragh, my eyes! It hurts my eyes!!!”

  5. Mackie says:

    i love it! i think it even looks better than the ones you can buy … and they are expensive.

  6. Samantha says:

    I love this! I saw a similar looking light fixture at Design Within Reach a few years ago and even gathered old chandelier crystals off Ebay but could never figure out exactly how to make it work.
    After seeing this I am off to Ikea!
    Thanks for sharing Tanya!

  7. Wow!!! so nice indeed!

    World’s largest IKEA is just a stone throw from where I live. So, I guess I go and grab one there §:-))

    Njoy the w/nd!

    My swedish blog:

  8. Anonymous says:

    I saw a similar light fixture at DWR, costing around $1350. This looks virtually identical! Nice hack!

    Here is the expensive version:—pendant

  9. M2JL says:

    Well done. It looks a lot like the real one!

  10. MandyPandy says:

    I saw something similar that was featured in the NY Times a while back. The chandeliers looked far more colorful and attractive, but cost thousands of dollars.

  11. OMG I was asking my friends to find me a Cellula linear chandelier within my budget for years. I love this and I cannot wait to go to Ikea and make my own cellula chandelier!!

    Thanks for sharing!!!

  12. Anonymous says:

    FYI the crystals are also from IKEA and very inexpensive

  13. Vladimir says:

    The crystals are very expensive

  14. Tanya says:

    i got the crystals off ebay, not from ikea.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Tanya, I LOVE your beautiful chandelier. I found affordable lead crystals of all shapes and sizes at the big Tucson Gem, Mineral, and Fossil shows (in Feb). I once saw a comment by someone who had purchased the Cellula chandelier, and he said when it arrived it was practically a DIY anyway, even to stringing the crystals.

  16. Anonymous says:

    I just saw this hack on Color Splash last night (well, that’s when I watched the recorded version :) ) and was wondering where to find something similar.

    Thanks for posting such simple solution. Nice work Tanya!


  17. Ginger says:

    I’ve seen the real chandeliers in a window display in a cupcake shop in Tacoma and always thought that the crystals were clear plastic cutlery. Well, they’re not, but those would look just as good and would be a whole lot cheaper than crystals on eBay.

    I’ve seen the plastic cutlery thing on a different chandelier:

    That’s what I’d do…thanks for the Ikea hack, though!

    Seattle, WA

  18. Anonymous says:

    Great job!

    This would look pretty made with colored sea glass too.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Sorry but this is absolutely hideous. Maybe you should use it as a towel rack

  20. Jenna says:

    Christy, could you tell me how you trimmed the wires? Did you just use a wire cutter and tie knots in the ends to keep it in place? This light hangs so low that it’s eye level and not pleasant. Thanks!

  21. Anonymous says:

    I think if you used plastic silverware with halogen bulbs you’d either have a big mess to clean up or a fire to put out.

    Just saying…

    I love this cellula hack.

    Great job!

  22. I. Love it.

    I am restoring a 1930s home and this is going to be the perfect touch of glam above the mirror in my half-bath.

    I’m totally going to do this.

    Thank you!

  23. Amy A says:

    Hi Tanya and Christie – beautiful lights! Do either of you still have the original light shades? I’ve broken one and would love to buy a replacement. Unfortunately, ikea doesn’t sell the shades separately. thanks!

  24. Amy A says:

    Hi Tanya and Christie – beautiful lights! Do either of you still have the original light shades? I’ve broken one and would love to buy a replacement. Unfortunately, ikea doesn’t sell the shades separately. thanks!

  25. Tanya says:

    Christie I like your version! I had to pack my version away as we’ve moved to a home where it just doesn’t work. I am now wondering what to do with all my crystals!?

    Ammy A- no i didn’t keep my glass shades, sorry!

  26. merathon says:

    this one is also a MUCH cheaper option than the DWR one:

    i was very happy with it– of course i never knew about the ikea hack option!

  27. Anonymous says:

    i need to find really cheap crystals they are so expensive

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  29. Helen says:

    Hi. I actually have a brand new in box GLIMT light in stock, if anyone wants to give this hack a try (or is looking for this new old stock item. .


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