I'm a great boy mom. Despite the fact that I am a licensed hairstylist and have been known to sport 6" heels from time to time, I'm really not a girly-girl. When it comes to raising kids, I do much better with mudpies and monsters than glitter and emotions.
That being said, every once in a while, usually after browsing through Pinterest, I get this tiny girly spark inside me. It was during one of these moments when I decided I needed to make my own chandelier; complete with glitter and crystals.
The awesome part of this project is that you can make it as large or small as you want, and in just about any design your little heart comes up with. My finished chandelier ended up about 20" across. Here's what I used:
- 1- StyroCutter® Plus
- 2- 1/2" Make It: Fun® Foam 12″x36″ sheets
- 1- tub of Smooth Finish
- *Rust-Oleum Metallic Gold Spray Paint
- *Rust-Oleum Gold Glitter Spraypaint
- Acrylic crystal table scatter
- 24 Gauge Gold Color Craft Wire
- 3- Acrylic Round Faceted Beads Clear (10 Pieces)
A chandelier silhouette is pretty easy to find online. I downloaded this one, then I went to rasterbator.net to blow it up. I saved the enlarged image and printed it out on cardstock.
Depending on your particular chandelier, to cut out the image you may need to use an exact-o knife, or you might be able to get away with a good pair of scissors.
To join two pieces of the image, I made sure to leave a little tab on one side of the chandelier image.
For reinforcement, I taped the front and back of each seam and once I was done, this is what I had. You may have to adjust your pieces to get the whole image aligned and even.
I then covered the back of my image with duct tape and secured it to my first Make It: Fun® Foam sheet.
Now it was time to cut- the fun part. All I had to do was trace the chandelier template with the cutter and this is what I got. Make sure to not force the cutter. Just let it do the work for you.
To allow each piece of the chandelier to fit together, I cut a 1/2" wide notch, half the height of the image. Make sure to cut one from the top and one from the bottom.
Now I had my basic shape, it was time to make it pretty. I followed the same steps as I did in my faux gear tutorial, coating the rough foam with two coats of Smooth Finish. I'll be honest, this point it looks terrifying. All lumps and bumps.
Fortunately, some sandpaper and a little elbow grease smoothed it out greatly.
Here's how they looked all sanded down.
This is where the girly spark in me started to flicker. I gave both halves of the chandelier a coat of gold spray paint and a coat of glitter paint. Once dry, I slid both pieces together.
For the last step, I wanted to add some bling. I grabbed a cheap bag of acrylic table scatter, a few strands of jewelry beads, and some gold colored jewelry wire. To be able to string the acrylic jewels on the wire I needed to drill a small hole in each one. I may or may not have broken two drill bits in the process. Try not to be overzealous and they actually drill quite easily.
Not having a cute little girl's room to hang my new masterpiece, I called up a good friend and went to her house.
The nice thing about the structure of the chandelier being made of foam is that it is quite light weight. I was able to hang mine with a bit of fishing line. It also was really easy to push the wire through the arms to hang each string of jewels.
Here's the final product.
And here is my adorable little friend who volunteered her room. The chandelier is great, but look at that little face!
I love how versatile this project is! Seriously, you can make just about anything with some foam and a foam cutter. Stop by makeitfun.com for some ideas.
I would love to see what one of my talented readers could come with, so guess what? I am giving away a StyroCutter® Plus and one tub of Smooth Finish! Fill out the Raffelcopter below for chances to win. Just make sure you send me a photo of whatever awesomness you come up with if you win!
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