this fantastic diy idea comes from the lovely mollie dash and her boyfriend bryan. bryan decided to make this chandelier from packing peanuts– something some of us accumulate more often than we’d like. rather than throw them away (only if they’re non-recyclable, of course), why not turn them into something like this? click here for the full project and instructions, or just “click read” more below.
click here for mollie’s project post on her blog. thanks, molly!
Mollie and Bryan’s Packing Peanuts Chandelier
What You’ll Need:
1. Large box of packing peanuts
2. Half gallon of wood glue
3. Large clear trash bag (leaf bag)
4. Medium-heavy gauge copper wire for hanging (18 ga.)
5. Needle nose pliers for hanging
6. Sewing needle
7. Fishing line
1. Place peanuts in garbage bag.
2. Lightly pour in glue and shake bag to coat peanuts
3. Let sit several days to dry
4. Repeat glue and drying process several more times
5. Let sit a final time, until thoroughly dry. Remove from bag. Peanuts should be molded to the sides, but slightly loose in the middle. Shake out loose peanuts.
5. Thread through top with copper wire and attach to lighting fixture.
++ Please note- to avoid fire hazards hang the lamp a safe distance away from bulbs and use the lowest wattage possible++
6. Thread a few peanuts on fishing line and attach to bottom of chandelier.
From Mollie: “These are my instructions from observing Bryan as he worked. So I’ll be happy to answer any questions if I can.”