How to Make a Fake Chandelier


A fake chandelier can be used as an ornamental decoration throughout the home or as a creative afternoon craft project to keep children entertained. Have children decorate the chandelier by painting colorful pictures and covering the entire chandelier with glitter. When the project is completed, let them hang their chandeliers from a bedroom or playroom ceiling. For a decorative ornament in the home, coat the entire chandelier in a metallic paint for an authentic look. Decorate the chandelier with crystal prisms and hang the chandelier near a window to reflect the sunlight during the day.

Things You'll Need

  • Thick poster board
  • Thick cardboard
  • Utility knife
  • ¾-inch-wide wooden dowel
  • Wooden sphere (3 inches in diameter)
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  • Hole punch
  • Spray paint (colored or metallic)
  • 2 screw hooks
  • Large ornamental crystal prism
  • 8 small ornamental crystal prisms
  • Thread
  • Lay a large sheet of thick poster board on a flat surface and fold the poster board in half. Draw or trace half of a chandelier shape, beginning against the folded edge. Cut out the shape and open it up. Use this cutout as a template to trace four chandelier shapes onto sheets of thick cardboard. Use a utility knife with a sharp blade to cut out the chandelier shapes. Scissors may cause rough or imperfect edges.

  • Draw a line down the center of one of the cardboard cutouts. Gently score the cardboard along this line. Repeat this step with the remaining three cardboard cutouts.

  • Cut a wooden dowel with a diameter of approximately 3/4 inch. Cut the dowel so that it is approximately 3 inches longer than the cardboard cutouts. Apply wood glue to one end of the dowel and press the wooden sphere firmly into the glue. Allow the glue to dry for 30 minutes.

  • Bend one of the cardboard cutouts along the center scored line so that it forms a V. Apply a line of glue along the outer fold of the V with a hot-glue gun and press the glue line firmly against the length of the wooden dowel. Repeat this step with the remaining three cardboard cutouts. Allow the glue to dry for 30 minutes.

  • Use a hole punch to make eight holes throughout the cardboard pieces of the chandelier. Later you will use these holes to attach crystal prisms or other decorations.

  • Take the chandelier outside and place it on newspaper or a scrap piece of cardboard. Spray the entire chandelier with spray paint in the color of your choice. You can use a colored spray paint to match the decor in a room or use a gold or silver metallic spray paint for an authentic look. Make sure to thoroughly coat all of the joined pieces. Allow the coat of spray paint to dry outside for two to three hours and then apply another coat. Let the second coat dry and then apply one or two additional coats until the chandelier is evenly coated.

  • Insert a small screw hook into the bottom of the sphere at the end of the wooden dowel and attach the large ornamental crystal prisms to the hook.

  • Insert a small piece of thread through one of the eight smaller ornamental crystal prisms. Insert the threat through one of the holes made in the chandelier and tie the thread. Repeat this step with the remaining ornamental prisms.

  • Insert a small screw hook into the top of the wooden dowel to hang the completed chandelier.

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