Make a cardboard chandelier
Hot, hot, hot. Cardboard chandeliers are a fun way to introduce quirky, decorative lighting elements without the expensive price tag. They look lovely in a little girl's bedroom, and can be embellished with crystal beads for a more glamorous look for any room in a home.
Start off with a basic design as a practice and as you work out how easy it is to make a chandelier cut-out, you can try more intricate designs, or even install a light fitting to illuminate your chandelier. Note: You will need to use an energy efficient globe, as these produce far less heat.
You will need:
Printed or freehand design
Craft or utility knife
Felt tip marking pen
Large piece of poster board or cardboard
Hot Glue Gun and glue sticks
Cord or lightweight chain
Rust-Oleum Spray paint in your choice of colour and finish
Optional: Crystal beads, tassels, or other items to embellish optional
Eye bolt to mount
Before you start you need to decide on a design. Look for a simple design that will not use too much complicated cutting out.
The chandelier body comprises 2 main sections, and each section is folded in half to create the body shape [see drawing below]. The support rings are what hold the body together to create the chandelier.
1. Print out your design or draw a freehand design.
2. Transfer this onto the poster board or cardboard with a marking pen.
3. Place the design on a cutting mat and use a sharp knife to carefully and neatly cut out the design.
It's important to use a new, sharp blade for a new edge.
There are endless ways to finish off your cardboard chandelier. Use Rust-Oleum 2X spray paint in any colour, or use Rust-Oleum Universal Metallic spray to add a metallic effect. Buy at your local Builders Warehouse. Or simply leave bare for a contemporary look.
Below are some examples of chandelier designs that I have come across.