DIY Faux Chandelier

In November, my mom and I had lunch at French Press Crepes (AMAZING.  If you’re in the Salem area and never been there, go.  Go now.).  Afterwards, we walked across the parking lot to a small boutique called Blackberries.  Most things were pretty pricey and I wasn’t interested in much (too many DIY projects make you not want to ever pay full price for anything!).

However, we did find this cute faux chandelier:

(Yeah, I made my mom stand by it and look at it so that it wasn’t as obvious that I was taking a photo with my iphone. :))
Mom thought it was so cute!  The price tag, however, was not so cute.  $69 for a foam board/glitter faux chandelier??  No thanks.  I told mom, “I can make that!”  (Mom believed me that I could make it.  At the time, I doubt mom really believed that I would make it though.  I may have made that promise a few times before and haven’t shown much for my promises yet.)
But mom liked it so much that I thought it would be a great DIY Christmas project.  Plus, I love trying new things and I definitely haven’t attempted anything like this before.  I was game for it. πŸ™‚
I went to Michael’s and gathered my supplies:  
Two black foam boards

Martha Stewart Black Glitter (I LOVE Martha Stewart glitter, btw.)
I decided the best way to make the chandelier was to draw out 1/4 of the design onto an unfolded paper bag.  I pulled up the original picture of my mom with the chandelier and sketched and recreated the chandelier with the amount of space that I had available for my boards.
It actually was a lot quicker process than I thought it would be and in 5 minutes I came up with this:
I cut it out with scissors and using the product sticker that was already on the foam board, I secured the cut out to the foam board where I wanted it.  I used the product sticker instead of tape because I knew that the sticker would come off without taking off the foam paper because that’s what it was made to do.  I thought tape would destroy the foam board too much when I removed it.

Then I flipped it over and traced the other side.
I repeated the process for the second board.
The top and bottom got cut off in the picture…
Once I had them both traced, I got out my self healing board and two different exacto knives.  
 
I used the big one for the main cutting out and the little one for the detailed curves and small cut outs.

When they were both cut out, I laid them on top of each other and determined where to make the cut outs to slide them together.  I marked the top on one side and the bottom on the other side and cut out a strip as thick as the depth of each foam board was.

Then, doing it in thirds (because Mod Podge dries quickly) I Mod Podged and glittered the heck out of each board, both sides!  
This took a couple hours to complete with drying time and chasing a 10 month old around
When they were really dry, I slid the two pieces together and put Mod Podge and glitter all over the edges.  Again, it took patience with the drying time before I could turn the chandelier around and do the opposite sides.  And I’m not a patient person, so this part was the worst for me.  (After a few days of working on this, I just wanted my dining room table back!!)
After it was completely dry, I shook the excess glitter off, tied a black and white polka dot ribbon around the top and called it good!
And in the end, I think the wait was worth it. πŸ™‚

I’m pleased with how it turned out and think it looks very similar to the original inspiration. πŸ™‚ 
Once more, the original:                                                       Mine:

Love, K

Oh, and P.S.  Mom was thrilled (and probably a little surprised) when I gifted it to her on Christmas and she saw one of my “I can make that!” claims to be fruitful. πŸ˜‰


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