How to Make a 3D Chandelier from a Frozen Pizza Box
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.
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
- Glue gun
- Paint of choice
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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 :)