Happy Craft Friday friends!
It's taken me a bit longer than I hoped to get this DIY and tutorial up due to the sickness that has spread through our house the past few weeks, but it is finally here! And I am so glad because I was super pumped when I started laying out the plans for this one!
What is a party chandelier you ask?
Basically, it's any kind of hanging installation that heightens the fun and festivities of an event.
No, it doesn't actually light up [nor do I recommend placing a bulb or candle in it because it is made 99.9% of tissue paper].
Is it colorful? Of course!
Is it fun? Hell yea!
Does it spread joy to any occasion? Duh.
So, what does your next party, event, celebration, picnic, craft room, cubicle, living room, shower need [okay, maybe not the shower because it will probably disintegrate in like 2 days]...
A PARTY CHANDELIER!
I absolutely love the concept of this decor piece. While I was making it, I just kept thinking about the word 'gluttonous'.
I know; it's weird.
But to me, that's the best kind of party. A no-holds-barred affair on food, drink, friends and fun!
I wanted the chandelier to have a bit of this over-the-top look about it...and I think I achieved that.
The one I created is long and dramatic...it's almost 6 feet long. I could see a grouping of these with shorter tassels displayed over an outdoor dining table. Or giant ones hanging in the corners of a housewarming soirée. Or a smaller version with softer colors as a mobile in a baby's nursery. Seriously, the options are limitless.
Maybe I'll just have to start a feature entitled "The Party Chandelier - Decor For Every Occasion".
Hot glue gun
Floral or jewelry wire
Thread or thin string
Any other embellishments that suit your fancy such as feathers, gold rings, yarn, ribbon, twine, sequins, etc, etc, etc.
We'll be starting with the larger embroidery hoop. Separate the inner circle from the outer circle. Hot glue or tie your "hanging string" [a.k.a. the string it will be hanging from...it's kinda a technical term] to the inner hoop. You can harness the hanging string in either three or four places around the inner hoop, but make sure that whichever you choose, the spacing is equidistant. If not, the chandelier will not hang level. If you choose to harness it in three places, you'll need three pieces of string. If you choose to harness it in four places, you can probably do it with just two longer pieces of string.
Attach a small piece of wire to the inner hoop stretching from one side across to the other. Secure the wire by wrapping it around the hoop. Repeat this step three more times so that you have four wires criss-crossing at the center. Don't worry about making this perfect. As you begin to decorate your chandelier with supplies, you can adjust the wires.
Now we're going to connect the two embroidery hoops [the larger set above and the smaller set below]. Cut three more pieces of wire of equal length. These wires will be used to suspend the smaller embroidery hoop inside and below the larger embroidery hoop. To attach, wrap one end of the wire piece to the larger inner embroidery hoop and the other end of the wire to the small inner embroidery hoop. Do this again with the other two pieces of wire, spacing them equidistant. When you are finished, you should have a smaller hoop hanging centered and below a larger hoop. Again, if it's not perfect, just adjust the wires. You'll be doing this quite a bit while decorating as well.
Add your outer hoops to the installation. It may be difficult to fasten the outer hoops at first, but once you get the screw turning, the wires will flatten out a bit making it easier [and also very secure].
Now it is time to decorate! Once I started layering the tissue, I found it was easiest to hang the chandelier while decorating, so I hung it off of my dining table's real chandelier [the one we're making out of hoops is very light]. I cut folded over pieces of tissue paper and glued them to the outside of outer hoops. You can use this same method with other types of paper and supplies as well. Use your imagination and go to town! If you are layering the tissue, glue the longest layer first. Then go for the second longest and finally the shortest. Trim the top with a sequin, ribbon, or fabric border. Follow this same method for the smaller embroidery hoop as well.
To hang the center decor, simply tie the material to the floral wire on the large embroidery hoop with thread. I used cut tinsel from the doorway curtain [I just grabbed a chunk and cut], tissue paper tassels with feathers, skinny sequin trim and more of the chartreuse mill end yarn [the same I used to hang it].
Every time I thought I had enough embellishment, the word GLUTTONOUS popped back in my head and I pushed it farther. I probably could've kept going forever, but at some point that wire was just going to give out.
Now who's ready for a par-tay??
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