Remodeling or even redecorating a home often means selling or discarding out-dated home items such as as a crystal chandelier. These beautiful pieces may not fit a home's new style, but they shouldn't be thrown away or regarded as useless. They can be used to create a variety of crafts from personal use items to updated home décor.
Use crystals from a chandelier to create sparkly handmade jewelry. You can make a beaded necklace, bracelet or ankle bracelet out of small crystals by threading strong string through the small holes in the crystals. Use wire to attach a tear drop shaped crystals to the center-point of a necklace to create a beautiful pendant. Small crystals can also be used as earrings. Simply attach the crystals to earring hardware, which can be purchased at craft supply stores, and wear.
Home Decor Items
You can purchase an inexpensive vase or bowl and turn it into an extraordinary piece of home décor by attaching old chandelier crystals to it. Use a diamond tip drill and a high speed, hand-held drill to create small holes around the rim of the object. You can dangle individual crystals from each hole or use a strand of crystals and string it from hole to hole around the rim of the bowl or vase.
Sculptures & Art Pieces
Use crystals from a chandelier to create art pieces, such as sculptures. Crystals, with their reflective qualities, can be used to create prisms or to add sparkle to a sculpture. Use other materials in conjunction with the crystals such as wire, clay or glass to create a pleasing piece. Or affix crystals to a piece of canvas with glue or wire to create a reflective assemblage art piece.
Use chandelier crystals to make wind mobiles and wind chimes. Use wire to construct a mobile or windchime and hang chandelier crystals from the arms. Hang the piece in a place that receives natural light and a light breeze. You can also use crystals to create a bookmark. Cut a rectanglular bookmark shape out of heavy cardstock, punch a hole in one end and thread a piece of ribbon through the hole. Then tie a crystal to the end of the ribbon to finish the bookmark.