A few months ago, I was asked to submit a DIY for Seventh Generation’s Holiday .gif Guide, in which they featured my spoon ring tutorial.  However, I also submitted another project (which will be featured next year), and I figured it was about time I shared it with you!

I love our capiz shell chandelier that we bought from West Elm, and I wanted something smaller for either our bedroom or office, but I didn’t want to spend a lot of money.  Enter: DIY.  I’ve seen people do a DIY knockoff of this chandelier using wax paper, but I wanted the chandelier to have more of a metallic look.  So I rummaged through the stuff we had in our home, and settled on toilet paper cores.

What you will need:
  • Toilet Paper Cores
  • Fishing Line
  • Spray Paint
  • Needle Nose Pliers
  • Hanger
  • Craft Wire
  • Lamp Kit
  • Scissors 
Step 1:
Using the wire cutter portion of the pliers, trim the hanger down to the approximate size you want.  Bend the hanger into a circle to form the frame of the chandelier.

Step 2:
Cut the cardboard toilet paper tube in half and lay it flat.
Step 3:
Cut the roll into 8 equal rectangles.

Step 4:
Spray paint both sides of the cardboard.
Step 5:
Using an Xacto knife, poke a small hole near one end of each rectangle.

Step 6:
Thread fishing line through the hole and tie a knot.

Step 7:
Tie three rectangles onto each fishing wire strand.

Step 8:
Tie the strand onto the frame you made in step 1.  Continue steps 6-8 until you have filled the frame with strands all the way around.

Step 9:
Take the lamp kit and securely wrap wire around it.

Step 10:
Wrap the wire that you wrapped around the lamp kit to the frame of the chandelier.

Step 11 (optional):
For a two tierd chandelier, repeat steps 1-8, but make the frame smaller.  Once the frame is filled with strands, suspend the smaller frame from the larger frame using finishing line.  Hang your chandelier and enjoy!

Step 12:
Hang, and then marvel at your latest creation.

I hope you guys enjoyed the tutorial, and as always, let me know if you have any questions at all!
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  1. First of all, love the new blog header! Very professional. :-)

    This is a great project. I never know what to do with the cores (for paper towels too) so I usually just put them in the recycling bag. This is a cool idea!

  2. Jodi says:

    This is a wonderful idea! We just got a new puppy and paper towel rolls are piling up! I’m going to try to use the light already in the room and is if that works. Thanks for the idea!

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