DIY Project: Popsicle Stick Chandelier


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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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

Materials

  • embroidery hoops — 1 set, 9″ / 1 set, 7.5″ / inner hoop of 5″
  • glue gun with sticks
  • popsicle sticks — large and small ones or only one size
  • twisty wires

 

Instructions

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.

Melissa Kojima

It looks like this project take a lot of patience and precision. But it turned out so great. I have some colored popsicle sticks in NEON colors that would up the volume of fun on this. What a fantastic idea!

how2home

This is an amazing idea……the structure itself is SO versatile! Thanks for sharing this with us!!

Jody

This is great! I agree with other comments-some color or varnish would be fantastic. I’m thinking gold!

Merlyn Bost

This is wonderful! Imagine all the possibilities of jazzing it up: spray paint it metallic silver, then go back and highlight it here and there with silver leaf. A rhinestone band around the top rim? No longer appears to be popsicle sticks. Also could use larger “tongue depressors” from the Dr. or dentist office for a different look, even mix &match.
Endless!!!!

Bluesurfotter

LOVE this idea. Would work really well in our playroom. Would love to see a picture of the bulb attachment

Erica

This is a great idea. I imagine it would look great painted or stained as well. So many possibilities!

Matty

I have a load of tongue depressors lying around which would probably work nicely. What a great idea. Will have to track down some embroidery hoops or something similar. In the interest of being frugal, could just use more sticks and make a square one though I suppose.

Jan

Garage sales and flea markets are a great source for embroidery hoops! I can’t resist buying them when I come across them, so I have tons!
But as to Matty’s comment, I agree, square would look just as good.. or a triangle, or pentagon, or octagon… or all of the above.

Alex @ northofseven

What a great idea! I am a huge fan of wooden chandeliers and light pendants and this and the ones that have been on here are really inspiring DIY’s. Great job!

julia

Having made a similar chandelier using wood veneer strips, I suggest you test out your glue – hot glue is designed to melt (obviously), perhaps at the temperature given off by your light bulb after it’s been on half an hour (not as obvious – until it came crashing down at dinner!).

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