How to Make a 3D Chandelier from a Frozen Pizza Box

Updated on April 11, 2016
DIY 3D Chandelier- It looks even prettier hanging
DIY 3D Chandelier- It looks even prettier hanging | Source

Learn how to make a fancy 3D chandelier from a frozen pizza box. Three dimensional chandeliers are a popular choice for party decorations. In fact, we are using several of them for my daughters high school graduation party this year. I have made several different sizes and shapes. I also embellished a few of them with resin rhinestones. The party is going to be outside and the chandeliers will be hanging from branches of the trees. Since I have been working on them, I wanted to take this opportunity to do a simple 3D chandelier tutorial.

These particular chandeliers are made using empty frozen pizza boxes. You can also use chipboard or very thin cardboard if you don't have a frozen pizza box. If you do want to use a pizza box, keep in mind when you are ready to open your frozen pizza, be sure to slide the pizza out one end and not to rip into the sides of the box. You will be using both square sides for the chandelier.

Just a little FYI- Cereal boxes and other larger cardboard food packaging would work for this project just as well.

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What You Need:

  • Empty frozen pizza box or chipboard
  • Chandelier Template (You can make your own, directions below)
  • Pencil or marker
  • X-acto Knife and scissors
  • Ruler
  • Glue gun
  • Paint of choice

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chandelier template
chandelier template | Source

Step One

If you do not have a chandelier template already, you can make your own fairly easy. Simply find a silhouette or shape of a chandelier that you would like to use. You can do a search online for chandelier templates or silhouettes. I made my own by using a store bought 3D chandelier that was discontinued. It is curvy but not too intricate compared to some.

Once you find the image you want online, make sure it is the size that you want and print it out. Once printed, cut it out. To help save time and make it a bit easier, you can fold the print of the chandelier in half and cut out both sides at once. Keep in mind that the more intricate the shape is, the harder it will be to cut out. A good X-acto knife is going to be your best friend for this project. You will want to have it handy for when the scissors won't work.

If you are lucky enough to have a digital cutter on hand or access to one, you can bypass cutting the template all together.

pizza box opened up
pizza box opened up | Source
chandelier templates on both pieces
chandelier templates on both pieces | Source

Step Two

Now for the frozen pizza box. If you look at the box closely, you will see a seam on the side that glues the box and holds it together. Gently pull the seam apart and the box will open up sort of like a book. Cut and remove the middle strip and cut the edges off and you will have two equal pieces of cardboard.

Trace a chandelier on the brown side of each piece. Make sure to get all the loops and curves! You can use a temporary adhesive to attach the template if you want. Sometimes this can be a huge help. You could even keep it in place and cut around it if you want.

Another option is to use transfer paper or a transfer pen to transfer the chandelier outline onto the cardboard.

I cut mine out with the Cricut digital cutter
I cut mine out with the Cricut digital cutter | Source

Step Three

Use the scissors and X-acto knife to cut each chandelier out. This part can be tedious, especially if you have a really fancy chandelier to cut out or you are cutting it out of a thicker material like cardboard but just take your time and focus, the finished product will be so worth it!

I lucked out with this project--I got a Cricut Expressions die cutting machine for Christmas last year and I was very happy to put it to use cutting out each of the chandeliers!

2 matching cut outs
2 matching cut outs | Source
cut one in half
cut one in half | Source

Step Four

You should now have two matching chandelier cut outs. What you need to do now is cut one in half. If you are using scissors, draw a line straight down the middle and then cut along the line. If you are using an X-acto knife, just make sure that the straight edge is right down the middle and then cut the line.

If you choose, you can use a good paper cutter to cut your straight line right down the middle of the chandelier.



**Tip**

I noticed the other day at the store that they had a X-acto craft knife that swivels and is supposed to be really good for cutting out designs with lots of curves. You may want to invest in one of these if you will be doing lots of these chandeliers. This particular knife sounds perfect for cutting them out. I plan on purchasing one soon for myself.


one with a line, the other cut in half
one with a line, the other cut in half | Source
line of glue
line of glue | Source
putting another line of glue for stability
putting another line of glue for stability | Source

Step Five

Now for the other chandelier: Take a pen or marker and mark a line down the middle on both sides. Then take the hot glue gun and apply a line of hot glue over the drawn line and quickly place half of the other chandelier into the line of glue, make sure that the piece is standing straight up while the glue dries.

Glue from the glue gun dries very quickly. If you are afraid of the glue drying too fast before you can attach the entire piece, you could apply glue to the top part of the chandelier first, and and then do the bottom half.

Once you are done with that side, repeat these steps on the other side of the chandelier.

Make extra sure the half pieces are standing straight up before the glue dries because this is what insures a good 3D effect. You may even want to put an extra line of glue down the base of each side of the half pieces to add more stability. Don't worry if the glue line isn't perfect or if the glue looks a bit messy, it will not be noticeable after it's painted unless you will be using a "shiny" paint like silver. In that case, I would just try to be as neat as possible with the glue but even then there are ways of hiding the glue before painting.

finished and needs paint
finished and needs paint | Source

Step Six

Almost done! Now it's time to paint the chandelier your color of choice. I did mine black but any color would look great, I think. I have used both craft acrylic paint and spray paint. I prefer using the spray paint because it's quick and gets into all of the curves and crevices.

Once you are done painting your chandelier, hang it up to dry.

**Tip**

I hung each chandelier on a make shift hook made from a piece of floral wire and held it while I spray painted it. I then hung them up while they dried.

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a larger one I made using cardboard- blinged  out with rhinestones
a larger one I made using cardboard- blinged out with rhinestones | Source

Embellishing Ideas

Remember you can embellish your chandelier if you like. If you are going to be doing detailed embellishing such as placing many resin rhinestones on your chandelier pieces, you may opt to embellish each piece first before gluing the pieces together. Doing it this way will help you to embellish each side of your chandelier much easier.

Embellishment Ideas:

  • rhinestones
  • glitter
  • flocking
  • dimensional paint dots
  • glitter glue

Decorating the chandeliers with rhinestones was like plucking eyebrows, I never could find a stopping place, there was always one more area that I thought needed a rhinestone! I didn't worry about the time I put into it though because these chandeliers can be stored and reused.

I hope that you enjoyed the 3D chandelier tutorial! Thank you for reading and Happy chandelier making :)

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      • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

        Jamie Brock 

        4 years ago from Texas

        tammy- You are welcome! Thanks for dropping by.

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        tammy 

        4 years ago

        What a great idea! I want to make one for my daughter's Paris-themmed bedroom. I also use pizza boxes for my kids' messy art projects. The sides on the side of the box, help contain messy glitter and paint to stay inside the box. Thanks for the chandelier idea.

      • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

        Jamie Brock 

        5 years ago from Texas

        everythingdazzles- Thank you:) I'm glad you found this useful for you!

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        Janelle 

        5 years ago from Houston

        What a creative idea! Very useful.

      • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

        Jamie Brock 

        6 years ago from Texas

        KarlawithaK- Thank you so much! I was super pleased with how these turned out too so I couldn't help but share. I'm glad you like these kinds of crafts.. I am partial to them too. I always try to recycle and reuse whenever I can. There are so many resources out there we can use in our crafts that people do not think about. Thank you so much for dropping by and for commenting :)

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        Jamie Brock 

        6 years ago from Texas

        Thank you for the vote up and for sharing, Rosie! I usually use frozen pizza boxes but I've made a few from regular cardboard like a take out pizza box and as you can imagine the are bit harder to cut out but they are a lot more sturdy, too. Thank you so much for dropping by!!

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        KarlawithaK 

        6 years ago from Oregon

        I am a HUGE fan of crafting with recyclable items. This one is so unique I just had to comment and tell you how awesome it looks. So much potential in the idea for a variety of designs also, fabulous! =)

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        Rosie Rose 

        6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

        Oh Jamie, this is awesome! I love this 3D chandelier and my family order pizza often. Next time we order pizza, I will try to do this lovely 3D chandelier. Voted up and shared. Cheers!

        Have a nice day,

        Rosie

      • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

        Jamie Brock 

        6 years ago from Texas

        Paige Ronchetti- That is great! The pizza boxes are the perfect size for these chandeliers. The hardest thing about it is getting them cut out but once you do and glue them together and paint them, they are so,SO cute..and they can be used for years if taken care of properly. Happy chandelier making!

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        Paige Ronchetti 

        6 years ago from Chicago

        I love this! We eat a ton of frozen pizza, and I always end up recycling the boxes (boring!). I'll definitely give this a shot next time. :-)

      • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

        Jamie Brock 

        6 years ago from Texas

        feistyfood- Blue Peter sounds like it would have been my kind of TV programme! I bet it was very interesting. I am so happy that you enjoyed my hub. Thank you for stopping by and commenting :)

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        feistyfood 

        6 years ago from Northern England.

        This is brilliant. Reading this hub reminds me of watching Blue Peter when I was a kid (UK programme) I used to love learning to create things from items that we'd normally throw away. Can't wait to read your other hubs.:)

      • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

        Jamie Brock 

        6 years ago from Texas

        Virtual Treasures- OH my goodness! These chandeliers will be perfect for those events.. especially the sweet 16 party!! I keep thinking how cute they would be painted a hot pink with some pretty beads draped over them.. Thank you so much for reading and commenting!

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        Kacie Turner 

        6 years ago from Michigan

        What a great idea for a party! I love my Cricut and I rarely get to use it, but I have an open house and a sweet 16 party to host this year! I can't wait to try this!

      • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

        Jamie Brock 

        6 years ago from Texas

        Docmo, Thank you so much for your wonderful comment, the vote and for sharing!! I've always loved doing crafts as far back as I can remember :)

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        Jamie Brock 

        6 years ago from Texas

        Hi Jeannie, thank you so much for stopping by!! Oh yes, these would be PERFECT for a Halloween party for SURE! Thank you for the votes and for sharing :)

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        Jamie Brock 

        6 years ago from Texas

        Pamela N Red- Thank you for stopping by and for the nice comment :) Yes, you could use any box, for sure and it would work great. I am a recycle/re-use nut.. almost everything I make, I'm trying to recycle or reuse things. Great to see you!!

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        Jamie Brock 

        6 years ago from Texas

        Prasetio, Aww...Thank you so much! I am very flattered.. Crafting is a large part of my life but I don't have a lot of money to spare for supplies so I'm always trying to find ways to re-use and recycle things to use for crafts supplies to save money. Thank you so much for dropping by, it's always great to see you!

      • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

        Jamie Brock 

        6 years ago from Texas

        agusfanani- Thank you! Yes, I am hoping people will see that no matter what they are making, if the project is made from chipboard they can always use food packaging and get the same outcome plus they are helping the environment and saving money, too. Thank you for stopping by, it's great to see you!

      • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

        Jamie Brock 

        6 years ago from Texas

        Thank you Rose, and the pizza boxes help save so much money as well!

      • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

        Jamie Brock 

        6 years ago from Texas

        Mhatter99- Thank you...wow, I bet miniatures were super hard to work with! Thank you for stopping by :)

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        prasetio30 

        6 years ago from malang-indonesia

        Very inspiring hub. You are very talented and I always found amazing work created from your hand. Thanks for writing and share with us. Good job, my friend. Vote up and press the buttons here, except funny. Take care :-)

        Best wishes, Prasetio

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        Pamela N Red 

        6 years ago from Oklahoma

        That is really pretty. I don't buy frozen pizza but I bet you could use any cardboard box. Clever idea. I love anything that reuses or recycles materials.

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        Jeannie InABottle 

        6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

        I would have never thought to do this! You are so creative. Thanks for the tips. I think these would be great for a Halloween party. Voted up and shared!

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        Mohan Kumar 

        6 years ago from UK

        Brilliantly creative- easy to follow steps and the end result looks stunning too. What a great idea for party decorations. voted across and shared.

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        agusfanani 

        6 years ago from Indonesia

        You've shown another amazing talent in crafting. It inspires others not to waste their Pizza Box but make it into something artistic instead. Thank you for sharing and vote up this useful hub !.

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        Rose Clearfield 

        6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        Of course I love this Jamie! The effect is stunning. You would never know that it was made from recycled cardboard.

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        Martin Kloess 

        6 years ago from San Francisco

        Wow, i'm impressed & i used to do minitures

      • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

        Jamie Brock 

        6 years ago from Texas

        mvilliams- Aww.. thanks! I am happy that you like this and that I have inspired you to give it a try.. They really are not hard to do and they turn out so pretty. I know you won't be disappointed! Have fun :)

      • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

        Jamie Brock 

        6 years ago from Texas

        KDuBarry- HOLY COW! I didn't even think about gold paint.. I bet that would look a-m-a-z-i-n-g! That really is such a great idea... thanks so much for sharing that and for stopping by!!

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        Jamie Brock 

        6 years ago from Texas

        theclevercat- Aww.. thanks.. and thank you for the votes and sharing..I really appreciate it! Yes, this was lots of fun for sure.. and I didn't even think about painting the flames but yes, you could paint the details any way you like and I'm sure it will be amazing :0) I actually did quite a few of these lately and put some red rhinestones on the flames of a few of them. They turned out really cute!

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        Jamie Brock 

        6 years ago from Texas

        susanm23b- Thank you for the vote and for sharing! Yes, these really could be used for so many different occasions. I keep thinking how cute these would be in a little girls room as part of the décor. Thank you, again! Take care :)

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        mwilliams66 

        6 years ago from Left Coast, USA

        Jamie, this is awesome. I love it. What creativity. I will absolutely try this.

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        KDuBarry03 

        6 years ago

        I absolutely LOVE this idea! I think i'll do this with gold paint and some realistic crystals! Voted up and shred it :)

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        Rachel Vega 

        6 years ago from Massachusetts

        Oh I LOVE this!!! What a fun idea, and think of the fun time you could have painting the flames! Simply wonderful. Voted up and across, and Google+!

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        susanm23b 

        6 years ago

        What a cool project! You did a great job of explaining the how-tos! These could be used for so MANY occasions. Super way to use a large box too. Voted up! Sharing :)

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        Jamie Brock 

        6 years ago from Texas

        Thank you, Christy!

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        Christy Birmingham 

        6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

        What an inventive concept this is! I vote up and share too. Take care.

      • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

        Jamie Brock 

        6 years ago from Texas

        Aww.. Thank you Teaches! :0) I saw this on a craft blog somewhere.. but it was for a smaller one, like for a tree ornament. After I did a search, I did find that people were making larger ones. I also noticed that they have them at party supply stores and so apparently they are used a lot for party decorations. I just love it! I could hang them all around the house and it wouldn't bother me a bit. Thank you for so much for stopping by!

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        Jamie Brock 

        6 years ago from Texas

        You are welcome, Angela! Have fun with it :)

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        Dianna Mendez 

        6 years ago

        Oh my goodnesss! How do you ever come up with all these amazing ideas! Incredible! This would look great in any hallway of a home or castle.

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        Angela Brummer 

        6 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

        She definitely will get creative!! Thanks again!

      • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

        Jamie Brock 

        6 years ago from Texas

        Angela, I bet that your daughter will love it! I think these would be cute in a hot pink color too.. with maybe some beads draped on it or something.. Thanks for stopping by!

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        Jamie Brock 

        6 years ago from Texas

        kashmir- Thank you for the vote and for sharing.. I am glad you like it! I love any kind of project where you can recycle and re-use things. You should see my pile of pizza boxes, I will never have to buy chipboard again for the rest of my life :) Thanks for dropping by, it's great to see you!

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        Angela Brummer 

        6 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

        I am definitely going to make one of these with my daughters.

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        Thomas Silvia 

        6 years ago from Massachusetts

        Hi Jamie WOW this is so amazing and so easy to do, thanks for sharing this how to information .

        Vote up and more !!! SHARING !

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        Jamie Brock 

        6 years ago from Texas

        Thank you Natashalh- Yes, the pizza box works perfectly for this! No need to go out and buy chipboard for sure..unless you don't eat frozen pizzas that is. Actually any cardboard type food container would work as long as it's big enough. Thanks so much for stopping by! I'm glad that you like it.

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        Jamie Brock 

        6 years ago from Texas

        ishwaryaa22- Thank you for your nice comment :) I am always trying to find ways to make things out of stuff many of us already have but do not think of to use. To me it's always a pain having to go to the store to buy expensive supplies so I was happy to see that the frozen pizza box worked perfectly for this. Thank you so much for the vote up and for sharing this hub socially.. A very huge thank you!!

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        Natasha 

        6 years ago from Hawaii

        Wow. This is awesome! Thanks for the instructions on how to make a chandelier from a pizza box. I would have never even thought to do it.

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        Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 

        6 years ago from Chennai, India

        Wow! Creating a 3D chandelier out of a pizza box is an uniquely creative idea! I like your tools - X-acto knife and hot glue gun - I would like to purchase them for my artwork. Your explainations of steps in creating a 3D chandlier are detailed and the photos are helpful. Your chandelier looked very attractive! Well-done!

        Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome and Interesting. Voted up and Socially Shared.

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