No-sew cord cover & chandelier re-do (Getting ready for Bunco week! )

Do you play bunco?  Do you know what it is?  (It surprises me how many people don’t know what bunco is…)  Basiclly, it’s a group of 12 women who play a dice game together. We eat dinner, drink wine, and occasionally roll dice and keep score to win prizes.  (Husbands of bunco playing wives often refer to it as “drunk-o”.)

My friend Pam is an Ah-Mazing cook and she hosted bunco last month.

In my bunco group we play once a month and each member takes turns hosting the group and cooking dinner through out the year.  It’s my turn on Friday, so I am in “Yay! I’m having friends over! …Holy cats! I better clean up around here!” mode.  I decided that it’s going to be Bunco Week here on the blog as I work on a couple of projects to get ready.

First up:
I gave this indoor chandelier (that I adapted to use outside) a make-over.  It was turquoise last summer.  Then it was black for Halloween.  Then I took it down.   Then I just remembered that I have it….  How about yellow?

I also needed to make a cover for the cord, but first things first.

Clean the chandy, then make sure you tape off the electrical parts.  I simply wrapped the sockets with plastic grocery bags and a little tape in order to protect them.

I opted to use paint that was already in my stash, but as it tuns out, this cheery yellow was just the ticket.

I wanted to hide the cord, so I did my “No-Sew” best to make that happen.

Remember the chairs I recently recovered…?  Yeah.  I’m tired of the fabric on the chairs, but it is perfect fabric for a cord cover!  So I pulled it off of the cushions and turned it into a cord cover with a glue gun and an iron.

1.  Cut off a strip of  fabric about 5 inches wide.  The length didn’t matter to me, because I was going to connect several lengths of fabric together.
2.  Iron the strips of fabric.
3.  Run a bead of hot glue and press the two ends of fabric together to create a seam.
4.  Iron a “hemmed” edge into place.

It is no secret that I am a big fan of the Eyeball Technique for things like this.  It’s going to be all smushed up for crying out loud!  I see no need for precise measurements here.  (Especially since I will have changed this by October anyway!)  Here’s a little Eyeball hint:

It does NOT have to be perfect!  It’s going to be all scrunched up along the cord, right?  Who is going to inspect it?  The Seam Police?  Get ‘er done and move on!

OK, so once you have the length of fabric pressed and “hemmed” it’s time to (*ahem) sew it up.

Let the glue set, then slide it onto the cord.  Ask your fabulous husband (who has a working knowledge of most things electrical) to re-hang your chandy.*

It’ll work out just fine for my bunco night!

My house is small… we need to have a table outside.  And we need to be able to see the dice,  Done!

*Disclaimer: I am not an electrician. I had someone who knew what he was doing fix the wiring for me. 
If you don’t have electrical know-how, for goodness sake, consult someone who does before you try it. 
It’s obviously important to make sure you do this safely and correctly. 
Don’t play with matches or electricity.  Always wash your hands after using the bathroom.  Don’t eat expired food.  Don’t run with scissors or use your hair dryer in the bathtub.   Use your manners and remember to say your prayers.


  1. says

    Super cute! Love the cheery yellow and your makeover method. I am not big on measuring unless it’s really necessary 😉 I’m sure no one will notify the seam police.

    PS-We basically refer to is as “Drunk-o” too 😉 The wine flows…

    Have fun!!

  2. says

    New girl here. Love this blog and the post is so creative. Yellow – I always like this tone of yellow. Your guests are going to love it.

  3. says

    I’m so excited you posted this! I’m in desperate need of a cord cover in my new craft room/blog office/sewing room AND with all these lovely shiny brass chandeliers running around my new to me house, I’m dying to paint one! Pinning for future reference! Thanks Viv!

  4. says

    Bunco is fun. I’m impressed that yours is a Bunco-and-supper club. I’ve only ever been in Bunco groups that did appetizers and drinks. I haven’t played in a long time; maybe I should start a new group! For sure having a dozen women in your house is good incentive for getting things done!

    Your revitalized chandy looks fun! So what fabric have you used to re-cover your chairs? Will that be part of Bunco Week?

    BTW, you can use the same fold-and-hot-glue method to recover a cord on a chandelier that’s already hanging. Since there’s no sewing involved, you can just take a length of fabric, your glue gun, and scrunch as you go! You should, however, not stand in the middle of your dining room table if it happens to contain unsupported leaves. Just sayin’.

  5. says

    I love bunco! I started a group 3 years ago because I needed something to look forward to as my only child went off to college. These women have become my closest friends!

    I love your ever-changing chandelier! This latest color scheme is a favorite.

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