Cardboard Chandelier

Here’s how to turn 2 cereal boxes, 1 cardboard roll, 1 soft drink bottle and a few paperclips into:
The instructions for making this chandelier are fairly detailed, but here’s an overview:

    • The centre of the chandelier is a kitchen towel cardboard roll.
    • The chandelier arms and embellishments are made from cereal box cardboard, painted with black acrylic.
    • The teardrop ‘jewels’ dangling from the base are cut from a clear soft drink bottle.
    • The chains are linked paperclips.
    • I didn’t use any glue or staples in this project. The whole thing is held together with interlocking cuts into the cardboard. The paperclips link together and hang from the chandelier via holes punched into each piece.
    • Printable cutting templates are available on the instruction sheets.
    • Younger children will find these shapes too difficult to cut, so I have also provided a simpler version of the chandelier template (See the pink chandelier pictured below)

Click here for full instructions (Pdf)

Above: Cardboard Chandelier #2 - Simple(r!) Version

*NB. I am sure this goes without saying, but I will anyway. I do not recommend you try combining this project with real light globes. It is cardboard – it will catch fire – your house will burn down….

More of my cardboard crafts:

Chinese Lantern


Easter Suncatcher




Candace Creations


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60 Responses to Cardboard Chandelier

  1. Thank you so much for this tutorial. I had been looking for a tutorial to make black cardboard chandeliers for my breakfast at tiffany’s themed party. All the tutorials were either too hard and time consuming or didn’t even provide a template to download. I’ve already started making one and it looks amazing!

  2. Annette says:

    So simple, cool and creative. Thank you for sharing! This will look fabulous in my classroom’s kitchen area:)!!

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  4. Andrea says:

    I am TOTALLY making a bunch of these and hanging them in my classroom! Super clever!

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  7. this is amazing, It is just what i look for, I will try this
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  10. Lorena says:

    omg this is absolutely perfect!! love the tutorial tfs the pdf I’m gonna make this tonight! lol, the kids are gonna wonder where the cereal boxes went!

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