How To Make a Giant Paper Chandelier

How To Make a Giant Paper Chandelier

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Dabney Frake
Feb 6, 2015
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These extra large paper chandeliers make such amazing party decorations. They are colorful, easy to make, and have a huge impact in a room. I recently assembled this one out of movie ticket strips for an Oscars viewing party this year, but you can use other types of paper instead.

What You Need

Materials

  • 3 embroidery hoops, or similar type of ring (1 Large, 1 Medium, 1 Small)
  • Perforated Movie Tickets (or other long strips of paper)
  • Tape
  • Fishing line

Tools

  • Scissors
  • Ladder or tall objects from which to hang the chandelier while it's in process

Instructions

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1. Using your fishing line, tie the three hoops together into a chandelier shape. Place the large ring in the middle, with the smallest ring down below, and the middle-sized ring up top.

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2. Now, this is the tricky part —finding a place to hang the large contraption while you add the paper. The easiest thing to do is to hang it from the top rung on inside of a ladder. If you don't have a ladder, then find two tall objects, slip a rod across them, and hang it from that. You might have to improvise, but you'll make it work.

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3. Then, starting at the top, start taping strips of movie tickets to the top ring, and let them dangle free at the bottom. The strips need to be long enough that they fall below the largest middle ring (The next tier will cover the ends so you won't see them once the chandelier is complete). Continue until you have strips that go all the way around the chandelier.

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4. Next, repeat the process down below. For this step, you want to cut strips that are longer than those on the top layer. Tape the top of each strip to the largest middle ring, and curl the ends under to attach to the smallest bottom ring.

Tip: Since the bottom ring is so much smaller that the middle ring, you'll quickly run out of room if you tape the ends side by side. So, each time you attach a strip to the bottom ring, overlap it slightly with the strip right next to it.

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