How to Make a Chandelier Out of CDs


Creating a chandelier out of CDs is an inexpensive way to add a personal touch to your home. The CDs and possibly the chandelier frame can be recycled material and possibly collected at no cost. The CD strips will reflect the light, making the chandelier very shiny and noticeable.

Things You'll Need

  • Chandelier frame
  • CDs
  • Ruler
  • Marker
  • X-Acto knife
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Cleaning rag
  • Possibly a ladder
  • Buy or find a chandelier frame. You can buy one from a home improvement store or you can find an old chandelier at an antique shop or flea market.

  • Count how many hooks are on the chandelier frame and divide that number by five. The answer you get will be how many CDs you’ll need for the project.

  • Measure in from one side of the CD ½ inch. Use a ruler to draw a straight line vertically with a marker. From that line measure ¾ inch and draw a straight line. Keep measuring and drawing lines every ¾ inch. You should end up with five strips ¾ inch wide, the ½-inch strip you started with and a ¼-inch strip at the other end of the CD.

  • Cut along the lines with an X-Acto knife. You won’t be able to cut completely through the CD, but you’ll create a deep crease in the CD. Then you can carefully bend the CD strips, and they should snap apart. If they don’t snap apart with minimal pressure, cut along the lines again with the knife, but this time press down a little harder.

  • Throw out the two end strips because you won’t need them.

  • Lay each strip down on a flat work surface. Put the tip of the knife at the top center of each strip as if you were stabbing the strip. Then twist the knife while pushing down until you create a small hole at the top of each strip.

  • Clean each strip after all the holes are created to make the stripes shine.

  • Hang your chandelier frame from the ceiling, then hang the CD strips on the hooks of the chandelier.

Tips & Warnings

  • When you are breaking the strips of CD, fold the CD into a thin dish towel. This way if the CD breaks and pieces fly into the air, they won’t hit you or possibly cause an injury
  • Use extreme caution when cutting the strips. X-Acto knives are very sharp and you could easily slip and cut your hand if you are not careful.
  • This is not a good project for kids.

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