How to: Make a Cardboard Chandelier

Am I the only one that loves the smell of new cardboard? Not quite like paper and not quite like wood, its scent evokes a sense of possibilities. I'm guessing Kayte, author of Paper Made, knows exactly what I'm talking about, for she created this so-cool chandelier of that very lowly material. She tells us it takes some careful cutting but virtually no money to create. We love that!

Here's what you'll need to make one:

  • Computer with a printer and paper
  • Chandelier templates — download and print each: onetwothree.
  • Craft knife
  • Self-healing cutting mat
  • Large cardboard box (approximately 3? x 2?)
  • Painter’s tape
  • Pencil
  • Foam brush
  • Acrylic paint in desired shade
  • Floral wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Awl
  • Hammer
  • Hanging lantern cord kit
  • LED lightbulb

For the entire tutorial, head on over to Etsy's How-to Tuesday page. 

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DIY Maven on Jun 26, 2012:

@Nancy--The templates display fine, for me. You might want to try using another browser...?

Nancy on Jun 26, 2012:

I cannot get the templates. And I've tried the Etsy too. All I get is those dumb little squares with the X in them. I gotta make some of these for my dining room. Help!

Bonnie on Apr 29, 2012:

Definitely did this last year to hang in the dining area in my apartment - it looks really fabulous.

Brittani @ House to Home on Apr 26, 2012:

This is awesome! I love cardboard chandeliers!

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