It hasn’t rained in Oakland for weeks, even months, but that hasn’t stopped me from stockpiling a list of projects for those overcast days ahead, when all I’ll want to do is to curl up on the couch with some good music, a mug of tea and a glue gun. Grace and I both gravitated toward this simple popsicle stick chandelier project from Philippines-based blogger Meream of Bored and Crafty. The steps are simple, the supplies are cheap and easy to find and the result is lovely. This is a prefect project for a group craft night with kids or adults, or just a quiet, relaxing afternoon at home when you’re feeling, well, bored and crafty! Thanks for sharing, Meream! — Kate
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See the full how-to after the jump…
One day, I was trying to clear my craft room floor when I realized that I had an excess of popsicle sticks and embroidery hoops. I had extra sticks from installing “hardwood” floors on a miniature sewing room and hoops from an unsuccessful jewelry holder project. Since making something is always preferable to cleaning, I ended up with this chandelier/shade. — Meream
popsicle sticks — large and small ones or only one size
1. Separate the inner and outer sections of your 9″ and 7.5″ hoops. Remove the jutting metal lock from the outer hoops using pliers.
2. Glue popsicle sticks onto the outer circumference of the inner hoops. I chose large sticks for the first two upper layers and small sticks for the smallest hoop. Leave a 1/8 inch allowance between sticks. Let dry.
3. Take the uppermost layer (the biggest) and glue the outer 9-inch hoop to the other end of the sticks. Make sure that this hoop is glued to the outer circumference of the sticks. This will be the top part of your chandelier/shade.
4. Take the outer 7.5-inch hoop and glue this to the inner circumference of the second layer. Make sure that you glue it an inch from the ends of the sticks.
5. Split three popsicle sticks in half lengthwise. Glue these to the inner circumference hoops (the bottom hoop of the 1st and 2nd layers), forming a square in the topmost layer and two parallel lines in the second layer. These will serve as bracing so that you can layer your chandelier easily and in a more stable manner.
6. Layer and glue, using the bracing as connecting points between layers.
7. Using twisty wires, secure your layers to the bracing. Simply cut a 3-inch wire, insert through a gap between the sticks and secure. Don’t worry, these will not be noticeable once you hang your chandelier.
8. Hang! Ours is hanging in the living room where the light source is screwed onto the low ceiling. We simply added hooks on either side of the bulb and hung this shade using nylon string tied to the outer hoop of the topmost layer.