DIY Flowering Chandelier + Book Giveaway!

from Sweet Paper Crafts by Mollie Greene

Today we're excited to share a DIY courtesy of Chronicle Books from one of their newest craft books, Sweet Paper Crafts, 25 Simple Projects to Brighten Your Life by Mollie Greene.  The book is  filled with fun and clever projects like star garlands to string over the mantel to delicate flower wreaths for the front door.  Mollie Green founded Royal Buffet, one of our favorite etsy shops and has an amazing talent for unique work using paper.  Today we're featuring one of the many amazing DIYs in her book, a flowering chandelier.  To kick off the launch of the book, Chronicle Books is also offering one of our readers a chance to win a copy!  To enter, visit our Instagram post featuring a picture of this DIY and leave a comment by 6pm Wed., June 26/13.  We'll announce a winner Thursday. Our instagram is @poppytalk! Good luck!  Here's the tutorial. ~Jan

DIY Flowering Chandelier 

Adding the perfect glow to any dark corner of your house, this chandelier, created from a new or used lamp shade, is encircled with clusters of pretty paper flowers and leaves. It is best made with a two-tiered shade that has a universal fitting—where the fitting for the light bulb is in the center of the shade. You will also need a hanging lantern cord and a low-wattage bulb. If you like, you can vary the flowers by using three layers of sewing pattern tissue, three layers of colored tissue paper, or a combination of the two.

Two-tiered lamp shade with a universal fitting
Scissors for cardboard
Glue remover such as Goo Gone (optional)
Newspapers (optional)
Multipurpose spray paint in a coordinating color
Hanging lantern cord
Low-wattage lightbulb
20-lb/9-kg cup hook
Scissors for paper
Silver metallic thread
Liquid glue
Flowering Chandelier template
Tissue paper for petals
Tissue paper or sewing pattern pieces in a contrasting color for leaves
Iron (optional)

1. If your lamp shade is covered with fabric or paper, use the cardboard scissors to remove all the covering material. If necessary, eliminate any old dried glue with glue remover. You want the shade to be as clean as possible so it will take the spray paint evenly.

2. (I recommend spreading newspapers over your work area before starting this step.) Following the manufacturer’s instructions and using a light hand, cover the lamp shade frame with two coats of spray paint, allowing the paint to dry between coats. After you apply the second coat, allow the frame to dry completely, at least an hour.

3. Turn the frame so the widest part is facing up. Run the cord through the center and screw in the light bulb. Install the cup hook from the ceiling following the manufacturer’s instructions, and hang the shade from the cord.
4. Using the paper scissors, cut pieces of metallic thread about 12 in/30.5 cm long (or longer or shorter depending on the size of your frame). Starting at the bottom tier of the frame, tie the pieces of thread to the frame, spacing them about 3 in/7.5 cm apart. Place a tiny dot of liquid glue on each knot to keep the thread in place.

5. Download the Flowering Chandelier template at Stack three pieces of tissue paper. Use the pencil to trace the template on the top piece, then cut out through all three layers. Be careful to cut inside the pencil line so you don’t have to erase it later. Separate the three layers of petals. Place a dot of liquid glue along the straight edge of one petal, in the center. This will be your bottom layer. Place a second petal on top, adhering the two together. This will be your middle layer. Apply another dot of glue in the center of the middle petal, along the straight edge, and place the last petal on top. Fold the stack gently in half, and place a small dot of glue on the top layer inside the fold. Place this glue dot on a piece of the metallic thread, very close to where the thread meets the frame. Pinch the flower around the thread until it adheres to the thread. Make more flowers in the same way and glue them to the thread, overlapping them and occasionally leaving space for leaves.

6. If you are using sewing pattern pieces for the leaves, you may need to iron the pieces on a low setting to smooth out folds and wrinkles. For each leaf, cut a piece of tissue paper about 4 by 1 in/10 cm by 2.5 cm. Fold in half lengthwise. Cut fringe in each narrow end. Apply a dot of glue to the inside of the fold. Pinch the glue-dotted leaf on the thread underneath the flower that you glued to the chandelier. Continue to cut and assemble flowers and glue them to the threads, adding leaves here and there as you like.

7. Trim any excess hanging thread. Allow the glue to dry for about an hour. Then gently spread open the petals of each flower by carefully pulling the layers up and away from each other.

8. For the top tier of the frame, repeat steps 4 to 7 to complete the chandelier.
9. Take care to keep the petals and leaves away from the light bulb. Always use a small, low-wattage bulb and turn off the light when you leave the house.

Sweet Paper Crafts
25 Simple Projects to Brighten Your Life
By Mollie Greene • Photographs by J. Aaron Greene
Available June 25, 2013 at Chronicle Books

Update:  Congrats to @mrs_merriman - you have won the book! Please contact us for details!


Jan Halvarson


Carrie said...

Wow! Great idea for a fabulous lamp decor.

HelloSweetcheeks said...

That is really pretty!

Mary C. Nasser said...

This is gorgeous!
Thank you for the chance to win!

Hannah. said...

Oh wow, so beautiful.

The things that can be made with paper amaze me.


Alex said...

Wow! Thanks - off to enter now!

windycindy said...
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windycindy said...

Lovely book filled with wonderful and creative ideas...
Many thanks, Cindi
I don't have a phone that allows me to be on instagram...:(

mrs_merriman said...


Doro von Hand zu Hand said...

a really amazing project. i love it!

I linked to your tutorial on my blog - thanks for sharing!

♥, doro von Hand zu Hand