I've mentioned my Paper Crane obsession before, but I just kicked it up a notch. A while back I did a few sneak peaks on the facebook page of my finished paper crane chandelier, and now it's time to share how it's done! I'm really happy with how it came out, and decided to swap the bulbs out for nightlight bulbs, as it makes a great accent light in our living room. The cranes send angular shadows on the wall behind it.
- Old Chandelier Frame - anything you can tie strings of cranes to will do.
- Embroidery floss in your color choice and a needle.
- Paints: Primer & Top coat color
- 200 Paper Cranes - I got mine in this etsy shop, but you can also make them if you're amazing.
- Embroidery hoop - just the inner complete circle - (if you need to add hanging room)
- Super Glue
- Long Extension cord or wire by the foot & a plug kit.
- Wire Nuts - 2
- Tape: Masking and Electrical
- Sawhorse (optional, for hanging the light)
- Wall Anchors & Screws (if ceiling mounting)
This project is more time consuming than it is difficult, most the steps are fairly easy. So here's my light fixture, it's one of those 1980's ceiling mounted fixtures:
I decided to keep the wiring and the ceiling mount, because even though I'm turning this into a plug in light, I thought it would look nice to mock install it on the ceiling, instead of using a hook and chain. The wiring looked very clean, so I didn't need to replace.
Once you've taped off the wires and the sockets, start priming. I hung mine from a sawhorse.
Now while your top coat is drying, time to string up your cranes. Since I bought mine (from origamiyyc) I saved a ton of time here. I know, cheating, but look at it this way - I supported another DIY'er, huh?
Just take your needle and thread, with a LONG piece of floss (folded in half, just like sewing!) and string them up through the bottom of the crane, and out the back (top) of the crane. A double knot at the end was enough to hold the first crane, and since the floss is so thick the cranes stay up on their own. Thank goodness! I can't imagine a knot after each crane.
Jute Wrapped Chandelier tutorial for some wiring tips. General rule is smooth wire to black wires and ribbed wires to white wires.
I sort of bent the rim of the part that mounts to the ceiling, because I needed the wire to pass through somewhere since I'm not actually hard-wiring this to the house.
Now, earlier you may have wondered "How did he attach that hoop the the fixture?" Fantastic question, and here's the scoop. To hold it in place I just used hot glue, but I knew that wouldn't last forever on metal, so the trick is in the crane strands that tie to the fixture:
I tied the floss around, then crossed over and back under, a few times. Doing this on each of the six arms creates a secure tie. Later, we will super glue the floss to the hoop, which will secure all the knots. Here's a close up:
So just continue on, tying your crane garlands to your light.
A lil dab'll do ya. Now plug it in, admire it, take some photos....
When it came time to flush mount to the ceiling, I held the fixture up and marked where my screws will go. I used the 2 existing holes in the mounting plate, but will be using long screws and drywall anchors to install them. Just drill a hole in your ceiling, install your anchor, then put the screws through the mounting plate and into the anchor. Done.
Enjoy & good luck! Send photos if you try it, I'd love to see all the different ones you all make! For more lighting projects, head to my Project Gallery and scroll down to "lighting".