How to make beaded chain ceiling fan pulls

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How to make beaded chain ceiling fan pulls
Decorate the chain pull of your ceiling fan. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

While ceiling fan pull chains serve mostly to turn on and adjust the speed of a ceiling fan or the lights in the fan, ceiling fan pulls also allow you an opportunity to add an extra touch of personality and decor to your home. A simple and tasteful way to make your fan pull decorative is to make a custom beaded chain fan pull for your ceiling fan.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • 12-inch strand of ball chain
  • 2 ball chain connectors
  • 6 inches wire stock, 15-gauge
  • Needle-nosed pliers
  • Large beads

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  1. 1

    Attach a ball chain connector to each end of your ball chain. If your ceiling fan's ball chain already has a connector on its pull, you need only one connector.

  2. 2

    Twist the very end of your 15-gauge wire stock into a circle about the same size as one of the balls on the ball chain. Slip it into the connector in the open middle and slide it into the slit on the end, just as you would with a ball on the chain.

  3. 3

    Bend the remaining section of wire into a shape or even a letter, with the pliers. Make the shape wider than the opening of the beads you are using. This decorative wire piece serves not only as an ornament for your pull, but also as a stopper to keep beads from slipping off.

  4. 4

    Slide beads onto the other end of the chain in any order you like. Fill the entire chain with beads or place only a few beads for a splash of colour. Leave at least four balls on the end that are not covered in beads so that you can easily connect the pull to your ceiling fan.

  5. 5

    Connect your ball chain with the pull on your ceiling fan by using the ball chain connector on your strand or on the existing pull.

Tips and warnings

  • Remove the chain and replace the beads any time for a quick colour change for holidays or seasons.

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